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Old July 22nd, 2005, 03:03 AM
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The Link Drive is an interstellar Drive with an unlimited range, there is a catch however. The Link Drive can only link two places, and any ship carrying a Link Drive cannot be transported by a Jump Drive Ship. If a Jump Drive Ship tries, the Jump Drive fails and receives damage such that the Jump Drive will not operate until it receives repairs.

The secret to the Link Drive is that it contains a tiny wormhole that connects to elsewhere. When the Link Drive is activated, it expands that wormhole to allow the Starship to pass through and then collapses it again. The Wormhole is still there after it collapses, its just so small that nothing can pass through it. The collapsed wormhole is virtually undetectible by any starships sensors except within range of about a meter or so. Each wormhole always has two ends, one end is inside the Link Drive containment system, and the other is somewhere else unseen and unobserved. Each end of the wormhole moves separately, by moving the starship with a maneuver drive, The Link Drive contains the end of the wormhole inside of it and moves it around with the starship, the other end is usually kept freely floating around in space, usually in orbit around some body. When a starship activates its Link Drive, it expands the wormhole, goes through it and then the wormhole collapses again. The wormhole end that's left behind when the Starship dissapears through it continues on the orbital path the starship was last on right before it activated the Link Drive. The Wormhole can travel through solid objects without effect to those objects, it can fall through stars and anything else that gets in the way, it is so small that it just drifts inbetween the atoms of each onject and sometimes right through the atoms, the wormhole is not destroyed by this and neither are the atoms. The mass of the wormhole is negligible, but gravity still pulls on it.

Another property of the Link Drive is that the wormhole it contains may link the present with the past or with the future as well as someplace else in space. The Link Drive may not use any other FTL drive to move from place to place while it contains a wormhole, it may only travel at slower than light speeds, but the Link may connect any arbitrary two points in space and time no matter how far apart they are.

What is the origin of the Link Drive, no one really knows, but the ships may come from a future that no longer exists. The technology is self repairing, and the power source is Zero Point Energy, but the ship must store enough energy from the ZPE Powerplant in order to activate the Link and make the jump through the wormhole. It generally takes about a week for the ship to store enough energy from the powerplant to make a jump after its last jump, the energy banks of the ship can store no more energy than that. As for who manufactured the wormhole, presumibly the civilization that build the Link Drive Starship, whatever was used, the starship doesn't contain equipment for manufacturing wormholes, it only has the wormhole it came with.
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