The Phoenix project

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In 2054, a little known scientist arrived in Bozeman. Dr. Zefram Cochrane rented one of the launch sites in order to perform high energy graviton experiments there. Given a remarkable understanding of quantum theory, he had been a junior member of the AG-research team for the DY-100 space ships at the age of only 18 years. This team had been able to synthesize harmonic Graviton fields and thus created artificial gravity.

 

Cochrane intended to transform the Graviton field generators into a new device. Gravitons also interact with the dimension of subspace, making it possible for gravitation to circumvent barriers that do exist in the three “basic” dimensions humans can perceive. Cochrane theorized that it should be possible to use Gravitons to create and manipulate pockets of subspace. His experiments did result in the first subspace field being created on Earth within his launch site in 2056. Cochrane did manage to design a subspace field generator being able to create a stable warp field but did not have the means or the resources to power his reactor. Some experiments with “creatively” obtained samples of anti-matter were not able to produce satisfying results – the M/AM reaction could not be controlled effectively. Cochrane did sustain some radiation poisoning during these experiments.

 

The breakthrough came in 2061. Plans for working cold fusion reactors were distributed by Russians as public domain knowledge. By that time, Cochrane and the owner of the launch sites, Lily Sloane had already formed a partnership, performing essentially as a workshop for the local community.

 

They used their influence and knowhow to construct a new engine section and a cockpit that were designed to be brought into space by one of the old and emptied carrier rockets from the missile launch site. The biggest tasks were to get enough titanium in order to finish the cockpit and the fuel needed for the carrier rocket. Cochrane had to invest all his saved money as this was something that he could not get from the local communities but had to obtain in one of the bigger cities with a more conventional economy.

 

Despite some setbacks they managed to finish the ship until 2063. This was only possible with the help of the whole Bozeman community that had agreed to gather all supplies needed in exchange for a 50% profit sharing should the prototype be sold.

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