Federation Spacefaring

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Spaceflight

Being one of the oldest species within the Orion Spur with a reverence of the galaxy, it was inevitable that the Skrell would eventually have the stars within their grasp. With the successful launch of the first Skrellian satellite in 1224 BCE, the possibility of stellar habitation became a very real possibility. In due course, this ushered in an age of enlightenment as research and resources were poured into aeronautics, and almost three millennia later, the Skrell continue to dominate the stars, spreading themselves over approximately one thousand, two hundred stars throughout the westernmost segment of the Orion Spur. During the colonisation era of the Skrell people, a name would be coined for those born en route to their interstellar destination - ‘Horizon Children’ quickly became the popular term.

History

By 1224 BCE, the Skrell achieved landmark advancements in the field of spaceflight. Weishy 790, the first Skrell satellite to reach low orbit, was an accomplishment celebrated by the entirety of the species. The possibility that further advancements would allow the Skrell to breach the Homeworld's atmosphere in order to explore the stars drove further funding and manpower to aeronautic research.

The degrading environment of Qerrbalak pushed for the expansion across Nralakk, leading to the eventual colonisation of its moon, Qerr'Malic, by 1109 BCE. Crude and archaic by modern standards, the first colonies across Qerr'Malic alleviated the mineral crisis that plagued the Skrell and allowed even further innovation. While technological barriers were torn down, the very real threat of extinction grew. In 561 BCE, the warpdrive was invented and facilitated an unprecedented level of Skrellian colonization, no longer hindered by sub-light travel.

Over the next millennia, the Skrell managed to garner influence as their borders expanded, and the discovery of humanity in 2332 CE prompted the formation of a scientific alliance. This intermingling promoted the exchange of culture, knowledge, and ideas, which would further encourage Skrellian research. The discovery of phoron, and subsequently bluespace drives, heralded an era of newfound prosperity as travel times were cut nearly in half across the Orion Spur. However, gradual phoron scarcity has pushed for many Skrell to voice their concerns, some requesting the species return to using warpdrives - whilst slower, they are often much more reliable and cheaper.

Propulsion Methods

Spacecraft propulsion is any method used to accelerate spacecraft and satellites. It exclusively deals with propulsion systems used in the vacuum of space, such as the warpdrive or bluespace drive. Several methods have been developed, though each has its own drawbacks and advantages. The Skrell use a mixture of both methods in different classes of spacecraft, a small few even using an advanced hybrid of bluespace and warp.

STL

Most vessels before the invention of the warpdrive would travel at sublight speeds, meaning decades could pass before reaching their intended destination. This gave rise to habitation vessels - more commonly called 'Generational Spacecrafts'. The original occupants of these crafts would spend their entire lives aboard the vessel, training their offspring to replace them, before finally dying. The creation and subsequent implementation of the warpdrive halved the time it took to travel these distances - however, instead of phasing out the generation ships, the Jargon Federation modernised them, rebranding them as educational opportunities and research crafts. Volunteers would be able to apply for a variety of studies, and spend the rest of their journey completing their education, refining their skills before they began colonization efforts.

The culture of generational spacecraft eventually evolved into a nomadic society, the Skrell of which detaching from Jargon Federation - rather than devoting their lives to maintain the original purpose of the ship, these Skrell embraced a lifestyle of freedom and opportunity. With varying ambitions and destinations, these vessels are usually found travelling within the depths of the Traverse, or outside of the Jargon Federation, these ships 'continue' their maiden voyage. Some eventually settle after centuries of exploration. Depending on their experiences, and time spent within space, cultures can vary; their customs, traditions and habits are unique to specific groupings. Those that choose this nomadic lifestyle have been dubbed 'Genners' by contemporary Skrell society.

Warpdrive

A method of FTL travel, the warpdrive was considered the foundation of space exploration. The ability to breach the speed of light had been a driving force of Skrell aeronautics for centuries, as long, expensive travel costs led to the desire to make space travel much faster than it previously had been. Eventually, the warpdrive was invented by Noliq Preles in 561 BCE, which has since become substantially more advanced. Some advancements, including less power-intensive drives allowing for faster and cheaper travel, and a pioneering navigation system, still keep the warpdrive relevant in some sectors. Though the introduction of bluespace drives has resulted in only small crafts retaining warpdrives, these engines aren't necessarily discarded when compared to their bluespace counterparts - even still, the Skrell's technological capabilities have allowed their spacecraft to maintain steady speeds double that of humanity's.

Bluespace

The discovery of Phoron led to the access of bluespace, resulting in a retrofitting of military class vessels and interstellar freights. With higher efficiency and lower total mass, the advantage of bluespace drives become increasingly apparent. The implementation of these drives also led to an influx of Bluespace Mappers' - individuals dedicated to making calculations and plotting trajectories manually, instead of using artificial intelligence. The decision to rapidly outfit new and old ships with bluespace drives has now proven an issue, as the Phoron Scarcity continues to threaten all modern bluespace travel. Systems across the Jargon Federation are beginning to suffer, while piracy and shortages within the traverse are leading to an unprecedented decrease in the Grand Councillor's approval ratings.

Modern Spacecraft

Civilian Classes

Civilian Classes
Class Average Length Average Crew Complement Description
Jarqo 25 - 100m 10 - 25 Jarqo-class spacecraft are typically designed for exploration, commonly outfitted with lower-tier warpdrives; they are usually contracted to explore, document, and report back on their travels to the Jargon Federation. They are not capable of atmospheric operations. Most Skrell aboard Jarqo would have travelled greatly throughout their life, and have many experiences with cosmic wonders.
Luxupi 75 - 225m 30 - 50 Luxupi are the freighters of the Jargon Federation. Usually outfitted with midsized warpdrives, they transport various items across throughout the Jargon Federation - sometimes even to other nations within the Orion Spur. They are not capable of atmospheric operations. Depending on where their vessel travelled, a Skrell may or may not have had experiences involving pirates - or other adventures with their freight!
Qaelvoq 50 - 100m 25 - 50 Qaelvoq, a luxury class. Often called 'Star Yachts', they are outfitted with grand recreational facilities and elegant quarters These ships generally are outfitted with either a warpdrive or a bluespace drive.. Oftentimes, those able to afford Qualvoq-class will outfit their vessels with a hybrid of both. They are not capable of atmospheric operations. The epitome of affluence, Skrell aboard the Qualvoq have known nothing but comfort, and tend to be a bit aloof.
Ovlolis 500 - 2500m 250 - 5000 Designed for colonisation efforts, Ovlolis-class spacecraft vary in appearance but have the same core characteristic; designed to allow a self-sustaining community of Skrell to survive onboard. Deliberately implemented with warpdrives that barely achieve FTL, the Ovlolis-class is composed mostly of generational ships, outfitted with various systems that will eventually be used to commence the construction of a colony. Some vessels from this class choose to not settle, but instead continue to roam the Orion Spur. They are capable of atmospheric operations, but only once, and are able to become permanent structures on planets.

Military Classes

Military Classes
Class Average Length Average Crew Complement Description
Eyrixoq 25 - 100m 10 - 25 Consisting of spacecraft that serve many purposes, the Eyrixox-class typically falls to border patrols, as well as scouts. Their minute size in comparison to other classes allows for them to be hosted with Planaq-class vessels. They are also capable of atmospheric operations. Comprised mostly of Lukala, Skrell found aboard Eyrixoq-class vessels are usually low rank or are serving due to a demerit
Ayoni 75 - 250m 50 - 100 Slightly larger than the Eyriqxoq-class, the Ayoni-class spacecraft tend to be the 'flagship' of small fleets, offering more armour and firepower. This class will usually be found patrolling alongside the Eyrixoq-class along the borders, and coupled with their small demeanour, they are capable of being hosted within Planaq-class vessels. They are also capable of atmospheric operations. The 'starter' vessel for most enlisted within the Qukala, the Ayoni is mostly full with young Skrell with little to no experience. Think, what could go wrong!
Qrolis 225 - 350m 75 - 125 A specialised class, Qrolis-class spacecraft are equipped with various stealth systems that allow near complete invisibility,advanced technology that can easily decapitate other vessels' computer systems whilst also protecting against the same kind of intrusion, and incredibly fast manuvering jets,the Qrolis-class is feared, with rumours circulating the idea that these spacecraft are capable of ending a fight before it has even begun. They are not capable of atmospheric operations. Yet another vessel mostly composed of Qukala, those within the Qrolis-class vessels have garnered more experience than those within the Ayoni-class vessels
Fexeq 350 - 600m 150 - 250 Often rare to spot outside of the puddle worlds, the Fexeq-class is considered one of the more stronger vessels. Outfitted with some stealth technology, they are typically found near the Nlom Relays, 'protecting' the Federation's interests, though many state it's simply a ruse to spy on other Skrell. They are not capable of atmospheric operations. Fexeq-class spacecraft are usually full to the brim with those working within the Ruupkala, supposedly relaying information to and from the Sromkala.
Qaqii 750 - 1200m 300 - 500 One of the more larger classes, the Qaqii-class is considered the 'battleships' of the Jargon Federation. Outfitted with more firepower and armour than the smaller fleet ships, the Qaqii typically remain mothballed until they are required. Classified technologies used in ship construction, combined with constant drills,makes Qaqii-class spacecraft one of the most dangerous across the entirety of the Orion Spur. They are not capable of atmospheric operations. Highly trained Qukala, much further along in their career. Skrell aboard Qaqii-class vessels have seen it all - and usually have a few battles beneath their belt.
Planaq 1000 - 2000m 750 - 1750 Varying in size, the Planaq-class spacecraft are composed of those capable of hosting Eyrixoq-class and Ayoni-class vessels. Slightly smaller than the NDV Icarus, its smaller stature allows it to be and more agile, capable of turning the tides if introduced to a battle. They are not capable of atmospheric operations. Varying, and often dependant on the specific vessel, those on Planaq-class vessels can vary in their purpose - be it engineering, science or security.
Priiq 3750m  ??? Priiq-class spacecraft, elusive and rare. The Jargon Federation only admits to having a single ship that belongs to this class, the JFV Qheles. Outfitted with shipyards and experimental technology, the JFC Qheles currently resides in orbit of Qerrbalak, mothballed until its required. It is not capable of atmospheric operations. Skrell onboard Priiq-class vessels are restricted from leaving the Jargon Federation, and are closely monitored.