(UTN/UAS) Subspace Jump Drive
Standardised Jump Drive technology developed by the Old Federation and inherited by the United Aquarius Systems.
The Subspace Jump Drive Array, also known as the "Sub Space Acelerator" or "JDA", in the UAS, is an FTL (Faster Than Light) transit technology based around the Subspace Principle. The technology was first developed by Old Federation (UTN) scientists in 12 F.DS / 2250 A.D from data gathered during the Exodus vessel 'Eridonia's transistion through the Shifted Wormhole.
The Subspace Jump Drive uses a Gravimetric Gryo to open a connection between realspace where physical matter exists, and another dimension known as Subspace. The dimension exists as a fith axis of movement, over the 3 dimensional realspace, and the fourth; Space-Time. Within Subspace, direction or trajectory can be set so that the exit point of the tunnel can be potentially exponentially further away from the entry point. Preserving the theory of relativity due to the fact that the physical matter contained within the Gravimetric Bubble is moving no faster than it would in realspace, but rather, the two fixed locations in space are pushed together through Subspace, allowing a transit between two distant points several orders of magnitude faster than traveling "Along the curve" in Realspace.
Jump Drives require tremendous amounts of sustained power to function. The larger the charge mass, the more power is required. As such, building a long-range spacecraft with the right balance of reduced mass, and the abillity to have a powerplant large enough to provide enough sustained power, is essential.
Jump Drive technology is used throughout known UAS space. From Civilian liners to military battleships, most vessels with a mass over 100,000 T are equipped with an Independent JDA.
The Jump Gate Network connecting most of the Old Federation's former systems in Aquarius, relies on extremely powerful JDA technology to create two points in space with a Subspace slipstream between them; allowing near instantaenous transit between solar systems.
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The Subspace Jump Drive requires a pre-known fixed location to be provided to the Array's navigational processor. Without this knowledge, the exit point can be predicted, but its accuracy is not high. Exiting Subspace without a pre-known location is called a "Blind Jump" or an "Unguided Exit". Success of an Unguided Exit reduces dramatically the higher the mass of the charge.
Small craft, including Trans-Sector Ballistic Missiles are capable of reliable Unguided exits. Recon vessels utilise this technique to provide recon data to larger vessels ahead of a Task Force in a deployment to an unmapped system.