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. These create a wormhole between the ship and a nearby star (which is the easiest point of reference). Rather than a star, a Jump Drive can also link into a T3 Jump Gate instead (which are designed to accommodate such traffic).
Jump Gates create artificial wormholes between two points always beginning and ending with a Jump Gate. The distance between these two points is negligible. Because of the tremendous gravitational forces generated by Jump Gates, they are generally placed in Lagrange Points to avoid effecting nearby celestial bodies or starships. This limits the number of Jump Gates near a celestial body (the average is two). Additionally, Jump Gates cannot be placed near other Jump Gates 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.
- Type One (T1) – The cheapest jump gates are one-way. These are often used as highways in space.
- Type Two (T2) – The next most expensive jump gate is two-way. Essentially, they can reverse the direction of the wormhole between the two gates.
- Type Three (T3) – The most expensive jump gates can network to any other Type Three gates, regardless of distance. Jump Drives can also link to this network and exit via a Type Three gate.
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. This technology is also used in starship engines to get you from one place to another!