I'm thinking I'm an idiot and overlooking something, but I've been trying for the past week to progress down Project Chrysalis, but I'm not finding this assignment. I've been running a cycle through Beta Ursae, Zeta Andromedae and Alpha Trianguli [and their nebula off-shoots] and I haven't seen this espionage mission.
I am playing a Federation captain [and I have completed the first mission], so I'm at a lose .
I did the same circuit thing you are. I have been looking for 3 or 4 different chain missions. All I know is that it hits eventually. I don't think that particular mission drops in the exploration clusters (I won't say that in court.) I think it took me about 2 weeks to finish the Chrysalis chain. I'm stuck trying to find finish two renown missions now. I think I've been looking for a little over a week.
I may have been doing something wrong, or just not enough. I finally picked up the mission from a Department Head [Tactical]. Wasn't really checking the department heads as often as I perhaps should have, was just checking the sector space area, but oh well, got it now so yay.