Chakrabarti Drive

Created by Dr. Preeti Chakrabarti and perfected by Dr. Eloise Simonson, Dr. Vana Kirke, and Dr. Lionel Elder, the Chakrabarti drive is the first faster-than-light (FTL) technology humanity discovered.

The original Chakrabarti drive was quite dangerous to use, and many ships that made the initial journeys using that drive were lost. (See the Phantom-63)

The Simonson inertial stabilizing unit (called "a Sims unit") and the Kirke-Elder gravity matrix (called a "Keg-M") finally perfected Dr. Chakrabarti's engine. Usually people just call the engine a "C-Drive."

The drive itself has evolved slowly over time. Alpha phase C-Drives were the first, then Beta, Gamma, and Delta phases. The latest phase, developed 25 years ago, is the Iota phase drive. Iota-phase trims hyperspace time by 15.6% and reduced power cost by 48%. The "Chakrabarti curve" is the ratio of drive improvement as time goes forward, and that curve is starting to plateau as experimental drive researchers realize there are probably no further workable iterations of the C-Drive possibility space.

How it Works

Chakrabarti drives seize space/time and wrap it around the vessel, plummeting it into a temporary but stable wormhole. Travel in the wormhole takes place over the course of days, weeks, the longest has been 136 days so far. Wormhole exit is achieved by the Sims unit, which causes a coruscating flux wave of plasma that pierces the side of the wormhole wall and plunges the ship back into n-space. The mathematics of astrogation, of how to create the interfacing wormhole and to what extent the ship should travel it were a direct result of the Phantom Project. With this drive, humanity could now visit distant stars in a very short period of time.

Gravity flux waves, unseen and unknown, constantly flutter the KEG-M sail in normal space. The ship can use these flux waves to travel in n-space, although frequently Kaposi furnace thrusters are employed for acceleration and deceleration.
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