Propulsion Systems Overview

Propulsion systems include the vessels main magnetoplasma impulse engines and the superluminal drive. Both are completely differnet technologies but muist work together in order to proel the bvessel at the faster-than-light relativistic velocities necessary for deepspace exploration.

Other propulsion systems include antigravity drives used on small, planetary shuttles and the Recation Control Systems (RCS) used on th vessel for stationkeeping position adjustments.

Magnetoplasma Engines

Main propulsion is provided by Magnetoplasma Rocket Engines (MRE's) that utilize captured field generation technology to significantly accelerate the output of terrestrially-developed magnetoplasma rocket engines.

These engines allow the vessel to reach significant subliminal speeds for intra-system maneuvering and to attain the relative velocities required for superluminal travel.

Superluminal Drive

The superluminal drive generates the spatial manipulation fields that allow the vessel to reach relative velocities that are significantly faster than the speed of light.

The vessel itself does not reach absolute speeds any faster than those achieved by the main engines - the appearance of superluminal speeds is achieved due to space-time manipulation.

The vessel must reach minimum absolute speeds of approximately 0.01C (30,000km/s) before the spatial manipulation fields become effective.

Reaction Control System

The Reaction Control System (RCS) utilises a number of chemical rocket engines to allow minor adjustments to the vessel's attitude and position for close-range, station-keeping and orbital adjustment maneuvers.

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