Despite all the advances made rapidly over the course of the 20th century of the old calendar (Common Era) and even the bold steps taken into the 21st century it was becoming increasingly clear to scientists even of those times that unless methods to find cheaper, more efficient means of leaving Earth and reaching orbit space travel would never be a viable economic option for any nation. Despite attempts to perfect commercial methods for reaching L.E.O it took the Middle East Riots of 2019 followed by the Asian Conflict and the Second Civil War of the United States of America to actually bring about the technology that would lead to Maglev orbital transports and allow humanity to truly at last seriously look at leaving the cradle of earth.
By the end of the Second United States Civil War in 2067 it was clear at least to corporate entities that resources would be required from off world to supplement the dwindling ease of accessible resources on our own planet, this fact coupled with the rapid technological advances made during the civil war period and the Asian conflict lead to the first serious ‘push’ beyond our own planet and by 2094 several nations of old Terra had colonies on Mars backed by corporate interest as well as mining operations coming online in the Asteroid belt with missions planned to begin exploration and exploitation of the Jovian systems. This process would accelerate over the next 200 years as humanity began to unlock new avenues of science and even find primitive life beyond our own planet in the ice waters of Europa.
Despite all of these advances however even by 2291 humanity was still locked into Sol, even with rapid advances in Ionic and Fusion based drive technologies particle shielding would only allow speeds in the fraction of light reality but given advances in medical technology many corporations launched ‘sleeper’ ships aimed at star systems such as Tau Ceti were radio telescopes and other methods had detected possible habitable planets.
The next major breakthrough in drive technology came in 2378 when a science team working for General Electrical Inter-Solar brought out the first Inertia Dampening system based on extensive research dating back to the discovery of the HIGGS Boson in 2012/13. While primitive by today’s standards the invention of the Inertia Dampener or I.D.S as it is more commonly referred to brought about several major changes in the way that sub-light travel was conducted and would in time play an important role in the discovery and development of the Rosenberg Drive.
The I.D.S Functions by interacting with Dark Energy and Matter fields through the Higgs bosin field principles to influence and adjust the effect of gravity within an area directly proportional to the fields strength, this effect allowed engineers to design a drive system that resembled many of the science fiction writings of centuries past by allowing inertia-less propulsion, while the drive field was in effect any ship effectively had its local ‘mass’ reduced by careful orientation of the field strengths ships could reach speeds of up to half of C within only several days of acceleration rather than centuries and by dropping the field and bleeding off the effect the ships could also effectively stop or adjust their orbits quickly, however it did not cancel out the effects of Relativity on the occupants and as such most corporations, nations and other agencies put a .3 C limit on all travel.
Even with the limitations of the new I.D.S it’s efficiency and speeds began to allow the first true exodus from SOL with 2419 marking the launch of the first true Colonial Vessel for Tau Ceti and while not the official founding date of the Confederation of Human Planets, it is the date used by all common calendars as year 1 of the Confederate Era Calender.