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.