- "She was a Betan Astronomical Survey commander, for God's sake! Do you have any idea how those people are chosen, what they do? If I'd completed my postgraduate work with honors, instead of all that stupid misunderstanding with the arrest, I could have hoped, only hoped, to put in an application, and even then I wouldn't have a prayer of beating out all the Betan candidates, if it weren't for their off-worlder quotas holding some open places specifically for non-Betans."
- ―Enrique Borgos on Cordelia Naismith[src]
They routinely performed dangerous "blind jumps" to unknown, potentially lethal, destinations; in return, they received a salary and pension. The question of whether they were saner or crazier than "wormhole wildcatters" who performed the same jumps in hopes of a staggering fortune was considered difficult to resolve.
The head of the Survey was called the Surveyor General.
Known members of the SurveyEdit
- Ensign Dubauer
- Lieutenant Lai
- Pete Lightner (Big Pete)
- Doctor McIntyre
- Captain Cordelia Naismith
- Miles Mark Naismith
- Pilot Officer Parnell
- Lieutenant Reg Rosemont
- Lieutenant Stuben
- Commodore Bill Tailor
- Doctor Ullery
Many books in the Vorkosigan Saga mention the Astronomical Survey. The best ones are: