Main drive

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The sub-light engines used in normal space and for manoeuvering, with primary control from the command deck.

The plasma for the main drive is derived from the controlled reaction of antimatter and matter. This is vented out to provide propulsion - the intent is the maximum conversion of matter into energy, not the total annihilation of matter by antimatter. Whilst this type of reaction drive is inadequate for interstellar travel, it provides adequate energy efficiency for in-system manoeuvre and achieving the flat g-field necessary to make the gradient to hyperspace.

The antimatter is stored as dense pellets whilst the matter is held as a reaction mass reservoir - normal matter is very easy to obtain and store. The reaction is normally microcontrolled by comp to maintain the correct flow and balance of matter to antimatter.


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