Infinity traverses the stars via a Jumpdrive or a Jump Gate.
Gravity Induction Drive
Most modern vessels are equipped with a Gravity Induction Drive which uses artificial gravity to provide thrust and maneuverability in combination with an artificial gravitic singularity — essentially a micro-black hole inside the vessel’s drive core — which pulls the vessel through space. The main advantage to this thrust system is it requires no fuel, produces no dangerous exhaust, and can be used in atmospheres, orbit and deep space. The maximum speed of the drive is 1.1% of Lightspeed (2,046 miles/second).
A relatively recent invention, the Jump Drive allows starships to create their own wormholes in space-time. While the equipment is bulky, the benefits are undeniable. A wormhole can be created which engulfs the ship from the inside out and instantly deposit it near an object of sufficient mass (minimum size would be a gas giant or a star).
Jumpgates and Hypergates
- Jumpgates create artificial wormholes between two points always beginning and ending with a jumpgate. The distance between these two points is negligible.
- Hypergate likewise create an artificial wormhole. However, the end point does not require another gate. Like a Jump Drive, it can create a wormhole end-point anywhere with sufficient mass nearby, such as a gas giant or a star. Hypergates are unfortunately, one-way.
Because of the tremendous gravitational forces generated by jumpgates and hypergates, they are generally placed in Lagrange Points to avoid effecting nearby celestial bodies or starships. This limits the number of jumpgates near a celestial body (usually just one or two). Additionally, jumpgates cannot be placed near other jumpgates for much the same reason. When two jump gates are linked by a wormhole, communication between the two sides is also instant, allowing the sending wormhole and the receiving wormhole to coordinate — thus preventing collisions as starships enter or exit a wormhole.
For example, Earth has two L-points nearby, one on the near side to the sun, the other on the opposite side. Each is about half a million miles away from earth, while the moon is a quarter million miles away twice a day. For a standard starship, the distance from the L-point to the Earth would be about a four minute journey. The next two L-points are much further away, nearly 13 hours away. The final L-point is 27 hours away and must pass near the Sun.
- Why Can’t I Attack Ships Coming Out of a Jump Gate?: Jump gates generate a tremendous amount of graviton waves when they are open. On the sending side, it draws objects in like a black hole. On the receiving side, it ejects matter and gravitons which pushes objects away. Jump Gates do not remain open at all times, because of the energy required to do so, but also because it would slowly alter the gravitational pull in a star system.
- Why Can’t I put a Jump Gate on or near a planet?: Jump Gates eject matter near the event horizon of the wormhole and draw it in on the sending side, which means that any nearby objects will be effected by the Jump Gate. Present technology is not able to prevent this from drawing in all of New York City into the gate when it is sending, nor prevent New York City from being leveled by graviton waves while the gate is receiving. Space Stations cannot be built near Jump Gates for the same reason. Likewise, the constant opening and closing of the Jump Gate over time would alter the orbits of nearby celestial bodies.
- Can I alter the orbit of a planet with a Jump Gate?: Yes. Terraforming by altering the orbit of a planet is possible through long-term application of one or more gravitational devices which emulate a Jump Gates wormhole generation. Six of these devices are placed around a celestial body and push or pull in a given direction over time. Smaller bodies can take a little as 6 months for this to be accomplished, while larger bodies could take many years. The Gravity Induction Drive is a version of this technology used in starships to get around within a star system by tugged the ship in a given direction.
- Can I use my Jump Drive to make a quick getaway?: Nearby objects will be drawn into the event horizon of your wormhole and will likely collide with you at tremendous speed, destroying both objects in the process. Just be aware, some desperate pilots will use their Jump Drive as a last “f*ck you,” to their attackers as revenge. Likewise, certain missiles and torpedoes operate on this principle.