The Orion Frontier
Studies in high-energy physics and advances in the understanding of subatomic matter produced a remarkable new technology. The Indo-African government revealed the first functional mass reactor in 2106. The same mass reactor design, with only slight modifications, has stayed in use for four centuries, and remains the standard to the present day. Relying on the discovery of nonbaryonic, exotic dark matter named “duodecim” the mass reactor offered numerous advantages over the fusion generator (it’s predecessor). It delivered greater power output, and for the purposes of the everyday engineer, it never required refueling. It was safe, easy to operate, and simple to repair. Equally important, a mass reactor could be miniaturized and used to power smaller spacecraft, equipment, and space stations. This scientific advance forever changed the world and humanity’s place in it.