The Alcubierre Drive used by the I'ee is identical to its theoretical equivalent in function: A field of negative-density energy creates a 'bubble' around the spacecraft, contracting space in front of it and expanding space behind it. The result is a means of 'faster-than-light' travel that does not break physical laws.
The design used by the I'ee is one of many pieces of technology 'inherited' by the I'ee at the birth of their modern civilisation. Unlike most inherited technology, it has not changed much from its original design, owing to its complex function and very specific maintenance needs.
Despite usually being the most curious and experimental of the I'ee families, Ithee exclusively manufactures drives for the I'ee fleets and restricts access to knowledge of the device's inner workings.
Littlewasp created this article on 2017/03/06 02:31.