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2214: The March of Progress
SeriesTime Capsule
TypeSpectrum Dispatch
ID12676
Published2012-09-16
Source2214: The March of Progress
In the series
Title Published
2075: The Stars Get A Little Closer 2012-09-08
2113: When Do We Go Too Far? 2012-09-09
2120: Give These People Air 2012-09-12
2125: A Dark Day 2012-09-13
2140: A Ship in Every Garage 2012-09-14
2157: Blue Skies on Mars 2012-09-15
2214: The March of Progress 2012-09-16
2232: The First Push 2012-09-17
2262: The Neso Triangle 2012-09-18
2271: One Small Jump for Man 2012-09-19
2380: Together We Rise 2012-09-20
2438: Hello 2012-09-21
2460: Breathe Free 2012-09-22
2516: A Better Earth 2012-09-23
2523: The Three Pillars 2012-09-20
2530: The Galaxy Gets Bigger 2012-09-25
2541: Awfully Crowded in My Sky 2012-09-26
2546: A Leader Rises 2012-09-27
2610: Tears of Fire 2012-09-28
2638: A Call for Sovereignty 2012-09-29
2681: Scorched Earth 2012-09-30
2758: Not in Nottingham 2012-10-01
2789: A Cold War Thaws 2012-10-02
2792: The Tide Rises 2012-10-03
2795: A Kinder, Gentler Human 2012-10-04
2800: The Neutral Zone 2012-10-05
2872: Behold Sisyphus 2012-10-06
2920: The Money Pit 2012-10-07
2928: Campaign Promises 2012-10-08
2934: A Dreamer Dreams 2012-10-09
2942. . . 2012-10-10

When RSI announced the next generation of fusion engine, new and exciting prospects for space travel opened up, but not everyone was so enthused:

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Bailey couldn’t believe it. Twenty minutes into Physics class and his Sheet was now getting a new download. Some new Engine Tech or something that came out today. He’d caught a glimpse of it on the way out the door this morning but these crappy public school Sheets were just getting the TextbookUpdate pings now.

Mr. Caro already said that we were gonna be quizzed on it and its updating now?! There’s no way. Just no way. This is so stupid. How the hell am I supposed to learn this now?

Screw it. I’ll bomb it. Screw this class. Screw Citizenship. Screw this whole system. I don’t need it…

Mr. Caro said the quiz would start in ten minutes. Bailey sunk into his seat and started studying.


Transcribed News Article

"While the standard fusion engine utilized a specific impulse of 130,000 seconds, in 2214, RSI unveiled the Poseidon, the next generation in fusion propulsion design. Capable of achieving speeds close to 18,600 miles per second, or 1/10th the speed of light while increasing the specific impulse to 375,000 seconds, the Poseidon also feature augmented hydrogen-scrubber technology in order to better facilitate fuel collection while in flight.

As you can see from the exploded diagram on the left, the engine consists of three micro-reactors hardwired into a series of relays and scrubbers. During flight in deep space, the scrubbers collect hydrogen which are [sic] then filtered and funneled into the fusion reactors. What was particularly ingenious about this engine was the Terrestrial Atmospheric Applicators (TAA). These applicators could be activated when entering into a foreign planets atmo and the engine could extract necessary elements from the air, thus maintaining its fuel rate.

Unfortunately, the first generation of these engines did suffer from a recurring parts malfunction in the disposal of waste at the comple- [...] of fuel fusion. The back-up of potential toxic chemicals would... "


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