I exited my homeworld’s atmosphere easily enough. Everything about travelling inside normal space is made far easier thanks the gravitic module and gravitic technology. Really it was the grav module that allowed us humans to manipulate the forces of gravity that lead to spaceflight. The gravitic module allowed us to hold hydrogen in place and contain it so that we could start controlled fusion reactions and fusion power. Fusion power gave us enough power to explore the possibility of hyperspace. This lead to jump drive. This was a great advance but gravity control lead us to faster and easier normal space travel as well.
Firstly, there is gravitic plating that allows the creation of an artificial gravity surface. I shot the scout starship off my planet at a 45 degree angle but for me it was like I was standing on solid ground and I experienced no G forces thanks to the inertial dampening effect of the same gravity plating. The grav modules spaced inside the ship allowed me to use the gravity well of the planet to lift the ship off the ground rotate it upward and shoot it into space. Although there were also some other technologies that help with this process like the gyros.
The second thing that helped thanks to gravitic technology was the thruster plates on the back of the ship. Technically you could put these anywhere on the ship but they create a lot of heat and glow with a blue-white flame like effect. the best way to vent the heat is simply to put them on the aft of the ship on the outside. You could put them on the front of the ship but that would be visible and lose all hope of a stealthy approach by the ship. The thruster plates do what the grav modules cannot do. The grav modules are dependent gravity wells from planetary bodies for use. The thruster plates are not. They push directly on the ship so they do not require a gravity well but they are limited to one direction for the most part and have limited use for sideways or reverse movement.
Now combine this with some gyros and conventional thrusters using the hydrogen fuel and you get enough force to easily escape most atmospheres in little time. In fact it was mere minutes before I broke out into space. To me I was like sitting in my living room chair and I experienced no sensation of movement other than what I got from looking out the front windows. The main issue in space travel is not power but fuel and keeping enough fuel on board to keep a ship going. I mean the fusion power plant as long as it is feed will produce more than enough power for anything on the ship. The issue is keeping it fed.
It was for this reason I was heading to the closest gas giant in the system. Gas giants are the next best thing to a fueling station. I could have set down in one of Regulus IIIs ocean but then the purification plant on the ship would take more time to purify the ocean water. The better option was the gas Giant with its more abundant hydrogen and then the purification plant wouldn’t take so long to purify the fuel. The ship followed a preset course to Regulus VI which is a grey-purple gas giant.
Skimming a gas giants outer atmosphere is a routine maneuver. You just don’t want to come in at too sharp an angle and then skip off into space. The navigation computer actually had a program for it and I simply activated it. I then sat back as the ship dipped into the grey-purple gas giant and the vents opened to let in some of the atmosphere. I felt the vibration of the purification plant as it kicked in. In about an hour the fuel tanks were full so I hit the command to stop skimming and the ship lifted out of he atmosphere. I then activated the program to head to a safe distance so I could do my first hop toward my destination. I actually arrived in a couple of hours but I decided to sit there for a few hours while the purification plant continued to purify the fuel. During this time I checked the rest of the systems but as suspected everything was green.
The purification plant shut off and the indicator told me the fuel was purified. This was good because it meant the chance of a misjump was much less. Jump drive don’t take a tremendous amount of power but they need to not have any wavering of power while they are running through their process of entering hyperspace. If there is a power spike or drop, bad things can happen. Bad things being defined as ending up in a far different place than you intended, taking years in hyperspace instead of a week or just plain exploding in a white fireball into nothing.
All these risks aside, jump drives are reliable and built with redundancy to make them so but they are usually not what people think. I mean if a planet-side tourist comes on a starship and asks to see the jump drive, they will be disappointed. You can show them the power plant specifically used only by the jump drive. but the drive itself is a web of jump sinks that encase the entire ship. This web then places the ship into a hyperspace envelope and then shoots it into a hyperspace ‘lane’. A week later you come out of it at your destination. The drive is not really a single machine you can just point to and say there it is like you can with the main power plant or the maneuver drives.
With everything green, I activated the jump program for a system that was halfway between Regulus and my final destination the Aurora system called the Pugar system. Pugar didn’t have a starport but it did have three gas giants which the scouts used for refueling. I planned to use it for the same purpose and then head to Aurora. Thankfully this ship was already downloaded with all the present navigation programs so all I had to do was pick the right one and let the ship go.
The jump program activated and the jump sequence began. I felt the charge up and then I saw the jump sinks begin to form a ‘weave’ across the bow of the ship I could see. Then the weave begins to close the gaps in the weave until it is solid glowing bluish white that encases the entire ship. When this happens looking out the viewports becomes useless as all you can see is the blue light. Then you feel the ship enter hyperspace. It is the only unpleasant thing about the whole jump as it makes you a little queasy and then you are OK. No fanfare really, just you know you are travelling in hyperspace.
I breathed as sigh of relief because now there was really nothing much to do. All I could do was pass the time until we reemerged on the other end.