Victor was tired of people laughing at those who believed that being photographed would capture their soul. He purchased a surplus "trap" from a once high-flying company and adapted it into a camera that captured a digital image and and the soul of anyone photographed with it.
The first contact ship design using the superconducting cable as a re-entry shield served the team extremely well until they came across the colony of felinoids. Sorting out exactly what caused the reaction in the felinoid delegation that day would take scientists on both sides several months.
As agreed, they met by one of the watering holes on their desert world. Unfortunately, in his grey suit Gordon unwittingly looked like their mortal enemy. This was a serious set-back in the negotations with the scissorians.