Dr. Abla Zwarhi, a prisoner serving two life sentences for ethics violations in a WSO science work camp, makes a breakthrough. Zwarhi had spent the first twelve years of her sentence working on a new power source based on Tristan Benoble’s Quantum Static Theory. On March 23rd 2059, she simultaneously confirms Benoble’s work and invents the first Quantum Static Reactor. The tiny device generates 145 kW for approximately 3.1 seconds before the resulting plasma build up breaches the inadequate containment vessel killing Zwarhi and 75 others.
A year later Pinot Garrett, building on Zwarhi’s work, designs a version of the reactor that is safe and magnitudes more powerful. The Gen1 QS Reactor produced 300 times the power output of the biggest XEM power cores. It was so efficient in fact that Stellar’s predictions for their engines performance turned out to be significantly underestimated.
The QS Reactor did however have a major drawback. The byproduct of the particle conversion was super-heated plasma. This plasma could not be vented safely inside the atmosphere except in very small quantities. This meant that the new power source could only reach its true potential in the vacuum of space.