On June 8th 2042, Brinkley Lazarus, world renowned expert on frequency modulation and head of the EDIs Communications R&D facility makes a critical breakthrough. Brinkley and his team create an ingenious signal compression/amplification system. The Massive Burst Ultra Shortwave (MBUS) transceiver makes it possible to send large data streams reliably over vast distances with minimal time lag, and more importantly, with relatively low power consumption.
A LEAP Probe is a specialized long range exploratory probe system. The probe consists of a powerful set of sensor arrays, subspectrum com, and a payload of 10 sensor beacons . Each beacon itself has a basic array of sensors. Continue reading
An experimental process is developed to extract plasma energy from stars.
Peak Velocity – 1% Light speed
2048 – One of the earliest forms of advanced propulsion developed for deep space travel was the Magnetoplasma Rocket was an electromagnetic thruster using radio waves to ionize and heat a propellant, and magnetic fields to accelerate the resulting plasma to generate thrust. This form of propulsion never achieved more than 80% efficiency and was soon replaced by other ion thruster technologies.
Nobel Ion Thrusters
Peak Velocity – 1.3% Light speed
2060 – The first major breakthrough came with Nobel Ion Thrusters. Extremely efficient and reliable electromagnetic ion thrusters use the Lorentz force to accelerate ions through an electrostatic grid, the potential difference of the electric field converts to the ion’s kinetic energy. The major drawback of early Ion engines was a lack of initial thrust. This was overcome in various ways depending on whether or not the craft was manned.
Dense Particle Thrusters
Peak Velocity – 2.1% Light speed
2072 – The Dense Particle Thruster operated on much the same principal of the Ion Engine using heavier elements for a greater kinetic potential. A huge step forward in propulsion technology coming just before the onset of LEAP travel. Series 1 & 2 DPT were instrumental in establishing the first LEAP gate networks.
Photon Induction Drive
Peak Velocity – 1.83% Light speed
2130 – Often referred to as a Solar Tube, the Photon Induction Drive uses the bombardment of solar energy through a catalyst medium to generate thrust. Cheap, robust, and reliable PIDs were mostly used on large mining ships because of their size.
Amplified Momentum Engine
2232 – Building on BHEAMR technology the Amplified Momentum Engine does not itself provide thrust, rather it offsets the mass of the vessel greatly amplifying applied thrust. The first AME was created by an independent asteroid miner as a makeshift replacement for his harvesters broken Photon Induction Drive. It proved so effective that he submitted the specs to the Lumus Scientia. The system was refined and is now integrated into almost all spacecraft in some form, be it low thrust for OTOL (Omni Directional Take Off & Landing) or main propulsion.
Variable Dense Particle Thruster
Peak Velocity – 5% Lightspeed
2235 – The VDPT was a major rethinking of the DPT technology integrating AME system to make engines far more energy efficient at lower thrust rates. So efficient that there was no longer a need most ships to carry propellant as they could extract it from the surrounding space via charged intake collectors.
Ion Wave Engine
Peak Velocity – 11% Lightspeed
2299 – The Ion Wave Engine was the first technology traded with the Cirecidus Domini. Using a serial arrays the IWE provided a significant boost in both thrust and peak velocity over human Ion propulsion.
System Still Currently Used
DPT is the mainstay of military and utility vessels also coupled with with AME integration. IWE systems, being fairly new, are most widely implemented in Scientia long-range research vessels. It has also begun to find its way into specialized cargo haulers.
While the mentioned above are the most widely used systems, there is still a good number of applications using PID, in particular in asteroid mining and with research vessels in regions of heavy ionic interference. Standard Ion Thrusters are also still quite common, although mostly scaled down and used primarily for Civis class vessels such as shuttle craft.
Nano machines have been used for medical purposes since the early 2100’s. The technology underwent a huge advance in 2143 with the development of the Autonomous Nanomachine Task System (ANTS) and by 2160 the implantation of Medical ANTS in all citizens became standard practice. While earlier M-ANT systems could perform health monitoring and minor tasks, such as delivery of targeted medicines, later versions effectively worked to extend human life.
Medical Nano-machines are powered by the bodies internal electrical impulses, and in a passive state they monitor health and perform various cellular maintenance tasks. This not only reduced normal cellular aging in humans but vastly extended lifespans. M-ANTS can also be powered externally using field generators (Medical ANTS don’t use the same Nueon technologies as as ANT Systems). With this additional power they enter an active mode and repair and treat more significant damage. In extreme cases where damage is too severe to repair, due to limitations in programming or resources, M-ANTS can even stave off death by clustering around the heart and brain, artificially stimulating them for up to 60 hours. In that time the patient can be taken to a medical facility and treated with more powerful systems.
M-ANTS technology has made premature death rare and the average human life span is on average 190 years, with those having access to high-end medical facilities able to live well past 2 centuries.
After 200 years M-ANTS begin to show their limitations and are increasingly unable to maintain cellular health in a passive state and the body begins to show signs of normal aging. Aging continues until cellular degradation can no longer be managed resulting in a rapid decline in health and death. Maximum human age depends on access to medical facilities, genetics, and individual health factors, but it is not uncommon to live until 270. The oldest known person died at 310 in 2401.
Other limitations of the M-ANT Systems are severe head traumas and neurological conditions affecting the central nervous system or synaptic functions. As expected, proper nutrition and avoidance of physically hazardous conditions also play a factor in effective M-ANTS operation.
The following is a general reference for common human sensor technologies.
Short range using various forms of visual technologies and transponder registrations to identify vessels. While limited to a fairly short range they’re fast and their accuracy is nearly 100%.
Effective Range: ~.5ly
Short to Mid range, detecting and analyzing the distinct EM signatures of different power systems and engine types. While having fairly substantial ranges and a high degree of accuracy they are only effective on stations and outposts in order to filter EM signatures against background noise.
Effective Range: ~250ly
Long range analyzing shape and mass of ships over long range by measuring the gravimetric distortion caused by the vessel. These sensor types are highly reliable as they are not affected by common interference such as EM and Nebula static. They are also difficult to fool as it is nearly impossible to mask gravity displacement. The drawback is that they can only reliably detect ships or fleets large enough to cause gravity fluctuations.
Effective Range: ~1000ly
Networks of probes that use combinations of various sensor types to cover large areas of space far outside stationed sensor arrays. The main drawback is that they are prone to disruptions from common cosmic hazards such as micro meteor impacts and thus require regular maintenance.
Internal systems used to detect living beings inside facilities through a variety methods. Usually using registered unique bio-electric or neural signatures but pheromone and air displacement sensors are also used for tracking, in particular with alien visitors.
The Mass Reaction Torpedo (MR3) is specifically designed for rapid nanofacturing with no guidance system or complex electronics, it’s simply propulsion and payload. Propulsion is achieved using a basic catalyzed ion thruster. The MR3 payload is tactical, designed to create a thermal cascade reaction in the targets hull weakening the structure at a molecular level over a larger area. The resulting damage is intended to overtax the enemies repair systems/crews until eventually damage exceeds the systems capacity.
In early 2300 synthetic and lab cultured foods fell out of favor throughout the expanse of human civilizations in the Eridanus cluster. The Lumus Imperium sanctioned a guild to consolidate and coordinate the mass production, processing, and distribution of food resources. Operating under the name Universal Nutrition (UNINU) this organization oversaw and enforced the standards set forth by the Imperium for mass food production.
The UNINU Meal Pac quickly became a standard in most colonies and outposts that could not directly harvest and process their own food supplies. The UNINU Meal Pac was not only nutrient rich and could be stored indefinitely, they were also very considered quite delicious.
The standard UNINU vendor is stocked with flash frozen prepared meal pacs. Each meal is thawed/cooked inside a vacuum chamber using a microwave burst. The vacuum chamber lowers the critical boiling point of the water in the food so that the meal is ready in under a minute. Everything is bio-derived and edible, including the tray.
Originally discovered in 2018 a Nueon is an exotic particle fairly abundant in the universe. It exists naturally in a state of flux, passing in and out of our universeuniverse at random. The Nueon has two unique properties. The first is that its atomic resonance frequency can be coaxed into quantum stability under the right conditions.
In 2060 it was found that a specific range of energy — known as Nueon radiation — acts on Nueon particles to quantum lock then to our universe. The locked particles then attract and locks other Nueon particles accumulating into an expanding field of quantum stable particles.
The second unique property of the Nueon is that it that when artificially stabilized they displace zero-point energy. A generated Nueon field creates an area of low energy density allowing matter within field to lose resonate cohesion. This property of Nueon particles is fundamental to LEAP technology.
BHEAMR stands for Broadcast High Energy Amplified Momentum Ray. It is a particle beam technology used extensively for many applications. It is typically mounded on some vehicle or vessel such as the Gremlin Wrecker ships.
Surrounding an object with a projected beam of high energy particles the object can be manipulated and moved by imparting the particles combined momentum to overcome objects potential energy.
BHEAMR is not effective on organic materials, and while it can be used to move most solid non-organic materials, it is most effective on specific allows. As such most shipping and cargo containers are manufactured with these alloys.
Initially built from “basic technology” provided to humans by the Cysti the device intercepts speech and translates aural signals to the language (Wernicke) center of the brain in real time. The device is usually attached behind the ear and interfaces with the brain using nano-filaments and contact electrodes.
Early versions of the technology were limited and suffered from delay issues. Newer versions were made more efficient by offloading language libraries and now accesses translation data over a SLDB connection. This also allows the device to be integrated into comms headsets. The Wernicke Device is now standard issue to all human military and exploration outfits.
LEAP technology operates by saturating an object with harmless Nueon particles within a translocation field. The Nueon particles disrupt the harmonic bond within the objects atoms so that when the translocation field is collapsed all matter inside the field is forced out of the boundaries of our universe. Then, following Hawking’s Inter-Universe Resonance Theory, the object instantaneously shifts back into our universe at a different position in space. The intensity of the field before collapse determines the relative distance of the LEAP, and the point of collapse in the field determines the LEAPs directional vector.
- The LEAP Gate or LEAP Drive generates a translocation field by coaxing Nueon particles into a stable quantum state around the initiation point. As the field grows it displaces Zero Point Energy creating an area of low energy density inside the field. All matter inside the field is saturated with the stabilized Nueon particles altering its atomic resonance frequency and bringing it out of sync with our Universe.
- When the desired field size and strength is achieved it is precisely collapsed. As the surrounding higher density Zero Point Energy rapidly expands into the low density void created by the field it forces all matter inside the field out of our Universe.
- Once outside our Universe the Atomic Resonance Frequency of the matter, no longer influenced by the translocation field, stabilizes and is forced BACK into our Universe, reemerging in a new location relative to the force and vector in which it was ejected.
Field size is controlled by regulating the LEAP Drive’s energy output. When energy is fed into the field at a constant rate the field size remain constant while the Nueon density inside the field increases. The LEAP field can be expanded by lowering and rapidly increasing the energy output of the LEAP Drive. The resulting energy waves force the captured Nueon particles outward expanding the LEAP field and reducing its density. This process is called “Pulsing” and must be precisely regulated as to not destabilize the LEAP field.
It is unknown where LEAP’s matter goes once outside our Universe. To this date there has been no successful experimentation in Inter-universal probing.
August of 2061, the think tank turned technology firm Quandry Industries, engages the 71 year old Hawkings to complete his work on Inter-Universe Resonance Theory. Specifically Quandry was pushing to develop a translocation technology code named Slipstream.
On September 7th 2072, at a Quandry research facility, an egg is successfully transported from a test chamber into the wall of an adjacent lab thirty meters away. Within a matter of months the Slipstream team were transporting objects all over the Quandry compound. The new system operated with such precision that for a final demonstration Hawkings is said to have had a ham and cheese sandwich transported directly into his stomach. The project officially becomes LEAP (Linear Exchange of Absolute Position) and is immediately put into production.
The first LEAP gates are put into service on September 13th 2074 and successfully transport a Boone shuttle and its crew from Earth orbit to just inside the Mars orbital plane. The 78 million kilometer journey took approximately .3 seconds. Within the year EDI was positioning LEAP gates throughout the solar system dramatically cutting the long term costs of maintaining the EDI detection network as well as allowing for expansion far beyond its current range and a new era of space travel had begun.
|Generation||Effective Range||Noted Advance||Year|
|Gen2||1 B/km||Improved power sources||2179|
|Gen3||1 LY||Nueon Sink Technology||2145|
|Gen4 (Gate)||10 LY||Arc Folding||2153|
|Gen4 (Drive)||Limited Only By Power Source||Fleet mover||2179|
|Beyond this point all LEAP advances occur outside the Milky Way|
|Gen5 (Gate)||22 LY||Improved effiency||2210|
|Gen5 (Drive)||Limited Only By Power Source||Improved charge rates||2222|
|Nexus Gates||1200 LY||Constant charge gate systems||2318|
|LEAP Vessel||Unknown||Experimental ship that is essentially a huge LEAP drive powered by a Helio-Spike||2398|
A steady supply of Helidyte from the Titus asteroid field gave new life to the tech sector. Companies no longer restricted by Helium shortages were able to realize the true potential of both XEM and QS reactors.
On July 14th 2129, Quandry Industries and Stellar Systems introduce the second generation of LEAP technology. The new gates generated larger LEAP fields allowing for the transit of larger ships and boasted a substantially increased range. The most advanced generation one gates had a max range of roughly 100 million kilometers. However, thanks to more powerful QS reactors, and more efficient methods of generating Nueon particle fields, Gen 2 gates had an astounding range of 1 billion kilometers. This would reduce the number of LEAPs between the Luna Chorda Moon base and Titus from 58 to just seven.
April 16th 2145, Stellar Systems successfully tests the prototype for their third generation LEAP technology. The new system has two key advantages over previous versions. The first is an increased maximum range of 1 lightyear. The second was Dr. Candice Schwedock’s nueon particle sink.
Until now it was not possible to LEAP the Nueon particle source and the target object together. Variations in particle saturation between the two would result in endpoint divergence. Simply put, the target object would not exit the LEAP in one piece. Sections with differing nueon saturation would literally exit in different locations. The Schwedock’s Nueon sink regulated particle density so that a ship or station could generate a LEAP field around itself eliminating the need for an external gate.
With a large enough power core a LEAP field could be extended far enough around the source to affect everything in the surrounding area. Essentially turning the host ship/station into a massive LEAP gate. The downside was that increased power needs of the nueon sink meant longer cycle times between LEAPs and only vessels with very large power cores would be able to utilize the gate-less technology.
The ability to LEAP an entire command station with an accompany support ships opened new defense strategies for the EDI. The WSO was however more focused on the increased range. The organization was eager to explore deeper into the galaxy. A notion that worried many people.
Generation 4 LEAP marks the most significant shift in the technology since its invention. Using new improvements to particle sinks and reactor technology the new LEAP system, branded “Limitless”, promised to eliminate limits on LEAP travel. The drive had been tested up to 5 million light years, but unlike previous LEAP systems that had a maximum power capacity, Gen 4 did not. This meant that as reactor technology advanced, or as new power sources were discovered, LEAP ranges would potentially be limitless.
This enormous performance increase was almost entirely due to a new method of managing power generation in QS reactors, pioneered by Dr. Bo Kauppinen, called Arc Folding. The method effectively increased reactor efficiency by 300%. The downside was increased fuel consumption, and greatly increased LEAP charge times. For a maximum LEAP it might take up to 72 hours to generate sufficient power.
Gen 5 LEAP technologies feature performance improvements over previous generations but no significant changes in the technology. By Generation 5 LEAP standards were pretty solidly established and, aside from some ultra-long-range concepts and ongoing research into Inter-Universal theories, LEAP was considered the pinnacle of human achievement. Focus moved from LEAP to improvements in probe and sensor technologies to better facilitate exploration into new regions of the Universe.
In the early 2300’s as humans began to expand into Vigilem from Draco Tao, Nexus gates began to come on the scene. Nexus Gates use arrays of synchronized field generators to maintain an active and constantly charged LEAP field allowing for a higher field density and thus longer ranges. The array also meant there were no field charge times between LEAPs. The limitation was that each gate was locked to a specific destination so they were most placed in areas with steady high volume traffic between two points,
LEAP Vessel (Experimental)
With the intention of LEAPing to the furthest point possible in the Universe, a team of researchers from both the Scientia and Ferrum began constructing a vessel that is essentially a massive LEAP Field Generator with crew quarters. The ship, named Kujua, is proposed to be powered by a Helio-Spike tapped into an isolated star that will feed the largest LEAP field ever generated. It’s projected that it will take 58 years for the 150,000 meters wide LEAP field to reach Critical Density. If successful, the crew of the Kujua will emerge, after roughly a 12 second journey, in a part of the universe 10,000 million years old.
Advantages & Drawbacks
LEAP affords humanity near instantaneous travel to any point in the Universe with nano-scale accuracy. It is efficient, scalable, safe, and sustainable. It has been described as “a technology that approaches near perfection in its utility” and there has never been a better transportation technology encountered to-date.
Short Distance Limitation
There is theoretically no limitation to how far you can LEAP given enough power. However LEAP Drives do have a Short Distance Limitation. The minimum distance of a LEAP is inversely proportional to the energy required to generate the LEAP field. For example; there is a minimum amount of power required to form a LEAP field to translocate a 30 meter long ship and concurrently the field will displace a minimum amount of ZPE determining the shortest distance possible for the LEAP. The larger the minimum field required, the longer the minimum LEAP distance possible. For this reason LEAP Gates are used for shorter distance LEAPs such as between planets and within solar systems.
When You Cannot LEAP
While LEAP travel is the overwhelmingly the preferred form of travel among human cultures, both in and outside the Milky Way, it isn’t the only method used. Indeed there are instances where it can’t be used. An example instances would be when a natural phenomenon hinders or prevents the collection of Nueon particles in a particular region, such as the asteroid belts in the Callico system.
There are also instances in which certain cargo cannot be LEAP’d. Any technology that itself that actively generates a LEAP field cannot be LEAP’d until it is disengaged and purged of any Nueon charge. For example ANT Systems for building or repair must be disengaged before a LEAP (Medical ANTS are not affected). Some cargo cannot ever be LEAD’d such as active LEAP gates and LEAP Drive cores, as they can never be fully purged of their Nueon charges after long time use. In these cases alternate transportation methods are required.
There are also some logistical considerations when using LEAP Drives. LEAP Navigators need to have detailed data on their current surrounding and their destinations to prevent potential catastrophes. The LEAP itself may be near instantaneous but there is a lot of preparation and planning leading up to the point of LEAP.
Destination Variables are one of the primary concerns of a LEAP Navigator. Intersecting with matter at the destination is unavoidable, however while small objects are vaporized or integrated by internal ANT Systems, larger intersections can be disastrous. Probe data and Communication with the Destination’s LEAP Command Centers is vital. Because of this protocols dictate that large LEAPs are received outside of planetary orbits to reduce potential intersections with orbital debris. As well “Blind LEAPs” are rarely ever performed and only in cases of extreme emergency.
Another common concern are “Hitchhikers” referring to unwanted matter that might exist within large LEAP fields, such as when LEAPing fleets. One example would be traveling gases, when LEAPing from within a nebula, that might react badly with matter at the destination. Another example would be hitchhiking asteroids LEAP’d along with a fleet into the orbit of a planet and subsequently caught in the planets gravity becoming a potentially deadly meteor. This particular concern is why regulation requires that Mining vessels coming from asteroid belts are received far outside planetary orbits.
As well there is a theoretical maximum Nueon particle density possible within a given field size, this is referred to as Critical Density. While this limit has never been reached it is theorized, and can be mathematically shown, that if the Nueon particle density in a static (non-expanding) field exceeds 89.92222% ZPE displacement, there will longer be enough local zero point energy to maintain resonance and field will become unstable and uniformly disperse the contained matter in all directions.
If the energy output is not strictly regulated and particle sinks are not precisely calibrated it can result in a non-uniform LEAP field. Such a field would have pockets of high and low densities and when collapsed would LEAP matter irregularly. The result would be matter in the field being ripped apart and sent to different locations. This has never occurred beyond the initial testing phases of LEAP technology and with current Nueon Sink technologies it is a near impossibility.
Point Of Commitment & Uniform Dispersal
When generating a LEAP field there is a point in which the field can no longer be safely dispersed, this is referred to as the Point Of Commitment. At the POC there is no possible way to re-normalize ZPE within the field so a LEAP MUST occur.
Beyond the POC if the field stability is compromised in any way it will result in Uniform Dispersal LEAPing all contained matter in the field in all directions essentially vaporizing it. There have only been 3 instances of Uniform Dispersal in the entire history of LEAP technology. Two were the result of catastrophic LEAP drive failures during extreme conditions, and one due to operator error during a long distance LEAP experiment.
Developed in 2266 in a Brotherhood weapons research program, the device, in the most basic terms, collapses critically dense matter into an artificial micro singularity.
The gravitaional effects last only a few seconds under optimal conditions but nonetheless has devistating potential. Early prototypes were capable of creating gravitational pockets strong enough to affect navigation, and even destroy vessels in a localized area.
The true potential of the weapon was realized in 2270 when a Mark1 devices was used during the Pirate Clan Wars. Detonated between a planet and its moon the weapon destabilized the moon’s orbit and caused devastating tectonic events on the planet triggering an extinction level event.
In 2298 a larger and vastly more power Mark II version of the weapon was test detonated in a romote nebula. The test obliterated more than a million square kilometers of the gas cloud, collapsing it into a small unstable protostar. The radiation wave from the protostar formation extended for more than a light year at deadly levels.
Development of a Mark III singularity weapon is completed in 2310. The initial test of this new device far exceeded the projections. The resulting singularity is so powerful that all research was stopped, locked down, and moved to a top secret Ferrum outpost located deep in a vast area of unoccupied space known as the Eridanus Super Void*.
The manufacturing of a singularity device requires stabilized critically dense matter which is only found in the core of dying stars. The method of its extraction is classified.
Due to the danger and rarity of the required matter the stockpiling of singularity weapons impossible. There are only three Mark I and one Mark II devices maintained by the Brotherhood at any given time. They are kept on separate stations, the location of which are constantly changing and unknown to even top ranking officials. If needed the devices can be launched using a similar specialized LEAP catapult used for launching long range probes. In this manner the weapons are both secure and able to be deployed to nearly any target at any time.
*The Eridanus Super Void is a vast isolated area of space devoid of galaxies. There are no visible stars or perceivable radio signals. It is estimated to extend more than a billion light years.
In 2023 Dr Eva Vertes unlocked the secrets of cancer and turned what was once the most feared of all diseases, into a powerful treatment. By directing and controlling the accelerated growth of cells associated with cancer, people were able to recover from injury faster, and live longer. Within two decades the average life expectancy doubled to 120 years.
In 2160 Pratt Groom, a leading Neurobiologist, along side Professor Emory Toffton pioneered the technology to record thoughts and memories from brainwave patterns. Their developments became the foundation for Intuitive Neural Simulators (INS).
Groom set out to capture the very essence of a person. He wanted the ability to escape flesh and bone and achieve immortality. To this end Groom partnered with Artificial Intelligence expert Emory Toffton. After 17 years of development Groom and Toffton introduce “Illumination”, a process to translate and store human consciousness as living data.
Illumination is not simply making a copy, it is a complete mapping and deconstruction of the conscious and unconscious mind of an individual. Every aspect of the person is processed and transferred into a data construct specifically designed as an exact parallel of the subjects neuro pathways. Every memory, every emotion, every sight and sensation is reconstructed in an artificial duplicate of the persons brain.
Once transferred the subject is fully aware and has all their memories. They are able to interact via a holographic avatar and use various sensory inputs embedded in the system to give them the ability to see, hear, smell, taste and touch. Toffton’s incredibly elaborate construct even translates the system diagnostics data into the equivalent information that the brain would have received from involuntary processes such as respiratory and cardiovascular systems.
Developed by Dr. Reuben McIntyre, the pioneer of personal force field technology.
By manipulating a particle source between two charge nodes McIntyre’s device produces a disruptive field. This field is capable of diffusing or nullifying most energy based weapons by dispersing incoming charged particles across the field. High velocity projectiles are also defeated due to the effects of magnetic compression. Larger projectiles are deflected and smaller objects are vaporized upon interaction with the field.
The size of the system and power source determine its effectiveness. Combat field units are often powered by portable XEM cores and provide extended protection. Smaller units offer limited protection against weapons but are very effective against radiation and other environmental hazards. These are commonly used on scientific research expeditions.
As successive versions became more powerful and less cumbersome, personal defense shields were used more in scientific fields. They however never proved effective for military purposes until 2168.
Developed on September 20th 2160 by Professor Ernest Ovinko, the Intuitive Neural Simulation is a quasi-artificial intelligence core. The INS system is not capable of independent thought like a traditional AI, rather it is a predictive interface. By analyzing neural patterns of a user the INS system can determine what you are about to do relative to the current task or situation.
For example if you are a ships navigator and you need to plot a course, the INS will sense your intent and begin all the preparations for the process before your arm has received the signal from your brain to raise you hand towards the controls. Without INS interfaces modern space combat would not be possible as pilots reaction times would be limited by their physical reactions.
INS systems are used as interfaces for complex computer cores, such as those in large space stations and ships. Early versions of the INS simply acted as hands-off interfaces for simple systems such as browsing the internet. However each successive version of the technology was able to predict actions faster and more precisely The INS-9, affectionately called Einstein, is the most widely used incarnation of the technology. The Einstein is so fast and accurate in its predictions that it seems almost precognitive.
Developed in 2143 by Bordstrum Konchū, the world renowned expert in molecular manipulation using nano-machines and a third generation Nano-engineer. His Grandfather Ito Konchū was recognized as one of the pioneers of nano-machine design. And his Father, Wilhelm Konchū, was responsible for most of the nano-tech used in modern medicine.
Molecular nano manipulation involves using very advanced nano-machines to restructure molecules in order to enhance their properties or create new ones. The process was widely used in the manufacturing of alloys and polymers, as well as micro circuitry, and of course, the manufacturing of other nano-machines.
The Autonomous Nano-machine Task System (ANTS) is uses nano-machines to perform extremely complex tasks independent of an operator. Once programmed the system either completes a one time task or to perform continued maintenance, using a basic distributed AI to handle resource management. There are various forms of the system commonly used.
Manufacturing ANT Systems can range in scale from the manufacturing micro circuitry to the manufacturing of ships and and buildings. They are efficient and precise, able to build even the most complex structures from the ground up. Industrial ANTS can produce a 12 meter space ready shuttle craft in roughly 18 hours. They can work in almost any environment including the vacuum of space where they can produce a fully operational 120 meter tall Isis Tempus space station in about 18 days. The only limiting factor for the system is available power source and available raw material. The power is provided by low yield nueon radiation, either as a generated field or more precise beam. The raw material comes in the form of Carbon Slugs. These slugs are comprised of densely packed base elements that can be restructured by the nano-machines into anything they might need. They’re typically mostly Carbon isotopes but the composition and size varies depending on application.
Maintenance ANTS are nano-machines built into almost all complex structures such as ships and space stations. They can be powered by a charge carried through the structure itself or by an external Nueon power source. Their purpose is the constant maintenance of the structure in which they are embedded. In large structures like space stations the ANTS are constantly repairing damage. In smaller structures, such as ships, they typically require an external power source and will use carbon stores when available, but will also redistribute existing structure to perform emergency repairs.
Medical ANTS are very specialized. Every human born since 2110 has been implanted with Medical ANTS in some form. They do not use Nueon radiation, instead they use the body’s electrical charge to perform maintenance tasks such as minor cellular damage. They can also be charged externally to boost their healing processes and aid in the repair and recovery of severe injury. In extreme cases they can even sustain brain function for days.
ANTS are a vital technology for human civilization, but they have been used for so long that they are often taken for granted.
Between 2118 and 2170 asteroid mining was highly glamorized in the media on earth. Numerous shows and movies were made highlighting the thrill and adventure of being a Rock Jockey. Children collected and traded Jockey profiles intently following their career stats, such as how many rocks cracked and ore tons logged. As a result hundreds of rookies with dreams of fame and fortune would make for Titus every month.
The reality was, albeit astoundingly profitable, asteroid mining was brutally difficult and extremely dangerous. A skilled Asteroid Jockey could make as much as a corporate CEO back on earth in their first year – if they lasted that long. Working with massive, constantly moving, often volatile and unpredictable asteroids in the vacuum of space took a special mentality. 90% of rookies bowed out within their first two months.
Garnering less fame, but far more profit, were the mining companies themselves. Along with the Gratestar Mining Company there were five other Titus super powers. Asteroid Inc., Haulidyte, Grimms Consolidated, HLS Mining, and StarKat Drilling Co., were all vying for prime sectors.
Competition between crews was fierce. The Titus asteroid field was massive but not every asteroid was a gold mine. As well the further into the field you ventured the more dangerous it became. The inner field was dense and very active, and therefore more unpredictable. Once a survey came in reporting a stable sector ripe with ore it was a race to see which crew could mark the best rocks and pull the most ore.
Asteroid mining is still a vital part of industry wherever humans settle, and while still quite lucrative, it has lost its popular mystique.
First successfully measured by Terrance Wilcox on June 24th 2083, a long theorized light spectrum existing far below known wavelengths. Sub-spectrum wavelengths travel 200 times faster than the upper light spectrum, outside normal space, and passes through all known matter. It cannot be reflected or bent like visible light, and many scientists theorized that sub-spectrum light played some role in our perception of time.
In April of 2088 Eugene Mills, a 28 year old engineer working for a small technology firm in former Canada, createed the Sub-Light Data Burst Communications array. The immediate advantage of the SLDB system was speed of communication over long distances. Eugene also devised a method for secure communications by spreading data across multiple wavelengths making the signal nearly impossible to intercept. SLDB quickly replaced MBUS technology for deep space communication and persists to this day as the primary communications technology, with noted advances in hardware and data compression.
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.
Tristan Benoble was born on February 8th, 2012 with a rare genetic disorder giving him a 15 year life expectancy. Tristan was however also a child prodigy. By age 7 he had earned an honorary degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Tristan then moved on to conquer Biochemistry where he, at the age of 13, developed a treatment for his condition. On his 17th birthday he accepted the Eva Vertes Prize for Medical Advancement.
The future ahead of him Benoble became an unstoppable intellectual force. By age 22 he was considered a leader in the field of Quantum Physics, posting a ground breaking paper on Quantum Static Theory.
In 2034 Benoble theorized that it was possible to utilize the energy from Higgs field particle interactions to create a limitless source of power. However with the world still rebuilding from the Shinigami Disaster, Benoble was never able to test his hypotheses before dying from liver disease on June 12th, 2038.