Beyond the Rainbow
While there have been many theories during the history of mankind about different methods of travelling faster than light (FTL), most of those theories had detractors. Da Vinci, Einstein, and Hawking were great men, but it wasn’t until the combining of Fraal and Human technologies after the Rhodens Voraris incident that led to a workable theory for FTL travel.
The combination of Fraal propulsion and Human power technologies led to the creation of stardrive theory. The original scientists developing stardrive technology felt that it would provide virtually instantaneous travel across immense distances, however as often happens when science theory is put to practice, reality, while still amazing, was not as impressive as theory.
Initial laboratory tests (between Mars and Venus) of stardrive technology gave scientists quite a scare when they launched unmanned probes with stardrives and the probes simply disappeared without reappearing where they were expected. Five days later, the scientists were even more surprised when the probes reappeared at their destinations.
Continued testing demonstrated several things:
- Stardrive travel was not instantaneous, it takes slightly over 121.32 hours for a trip to occur.
- The 121.32 hour limit holds true no matter what distance is being transited.
- The distance a stardrive can travel is proportional to the amount of power injected into the drive, and inversely proportional to the square of the mass being transited.
- It takes several days for a stardrive and its power source to replenish prior to being able to make another stardrive jump.
These conclusions gave the Ark Project renewed impetus, as it was realized that constructing massive people moving ships to transit the populace of Earth to a new world was a physical impossibility.
While the 121.32 hour limit is accepted as a hard limit for stardrive, it is not fully understood why the limit exists, but no theories exist about ways to improve the time.