TCON's Exploration Division. These are among the hardiest beings in the galaxy. XD typically lands a party of one or two scouts on a new planet. They are responsible to survive unknown dangers while sampling and surveying the local fauna, flora, and mineral resources, and map the terrain. They compile a planetary survey, and possibly a systems navigation report, finding direct wormhole shipping routes, if any.
XD teams are so independant and competitive, they often complete the entire system survey and turn it in to the Galactic Survey Office for the full bounty plus bonuses. Some targets have proven so valuable, XD turned the information over to a TCON mining and crafting group which colonized the planet, laying claim of ownership with the GSO.
The highly skilled field work of XD is rumored to be the secret weapon behind TCON's success.