The space-time propulsion system developed in the late Twenty-fourth century as a result of breakthroughs in Manifold Theory made by Sir Jeremy Atiyah. Sir Jeremy was the eleventh lineal descendent of Sir Michael Atiyah, a noted Twenty-first Century mathematician who did seminal works in early String Theory and Superstring Theory. The latter Atiyah’s work was inspired by his rediscovery of a theoretical paper by another Twenty-first Century Mexican physicist – Miguel Alcubierre.
The Alcubierre metric proposed a method of stretching space in a wave, causing the space "ahead" of a spacecraft to contract along the axis the spacecraft wishes to travel in and the space "behind" it to expand. The ship would ride this wave – like a surfer on a surfboard – inside a region of flat space, known as a "warp bubble". Since the ship is not actually moving within this bubble, but rather being carried along as the region itself moves, conventional relativistic effects described by Albert Einstein would not apply.
Atiyah’s breakthrough in Manifold Theory was realization that n-brane manifolds had specific harmonic vibrations that were the result of the interaction of the strings from which they were generated. It was the harmonic pattern that was important. He postulated that the interaction of high energy leptons could create a specific 4-brane that would emulate the field contained in a black hole’s singularity. In his paper presented to the XXI Symposium on the Manifold Theory, Sir Jeremy identified this gauge field as the Top-Bottom-Strange Quark Gauge Field. He further described its action on the 4-brane manifold as a “slipping along the time 2-brane which results in an instantaneous relocation of the matter upon re-entry into four dimensional space-time. The media immediately labeled the gauge field the SlipField.
Sir Jeremy’s concept was to create the warp bubble using the SlipField and to apply a spin vector along the desired direction of travel through the use of an energized electromagnetic pusher field. The deactivation of the electromagnetic field caused the collapse of the SlipField and the warp bubble and would return the spacecraft to the four dimensional continuum with no angular momentum if the spacecraft had been motionless within the warp bubble.
The Slipdrive was developed by Atiyah’s team working under a research grant from ExMShell, and enabled a spacecraft to exit four dimensional space-time and slip instantly on the time face of the four dimensional continuum to another point on the time face and then to drop back into three-dimensional space-time when the Slipdrive’s field is collapsed. The spatial distance slipped is directly proportional to the ability of the drive system to manipulate the 4-brane manifold of the spacecraft locus.
The basic principle of the drive was to create a warp bubble large enough to enfold the spacecraft. Atiyah discovered that if a small amount of an alternate state strange matter is assembled from quarks within an intense and energetic magnetic field the interactions of the quarks and the gluons binding them are reflected as a specialized gauge field. The alternate state strange matter which Sir Jeremy called Singularium was constructed from top, bottom, and strange quarks ordered in a tetrahedral lattice. The basic unit of the Singularium lattice was comprised of one top, one bottom, and two strange quarks.
– Singularium – This gauge field releases the Singularium from the 4-brane manifold of space-time. If a spin on a given vector is applied to magnetic force field the Singularium and all matter within the SlipField will travel in that direction and for a distance that is exponentionally proportional to the intensity of the magnetic “push”.
The earliest recorded successful test was in 2431CE. The robot experimental vehicle (XV-4) traveled the distance from Mercury’s Third Lagrange Point (L3) (see – Lagrange Point) to a lunar high orbit in .0135 secs. The XV-4 actually arrived in lunar orbit before the message of its departure – the message arrived 7 mins 37.2 secs later.
Although it took another 110 standard years to perfect the use of the Slipdrive for human travel, Atiyah and his team are credited with the greatest advancement in Human transport since the invention of the wheel.
The reason that it took over a century to perfect the drive for manned spacecraft was not a function of the application of Manifold theory, but the need for accurate identification of the re-entry point for the spacecraft and the precise calibration of the magnetic pusher field used to manipulate the 4-brane manifold. ExMShell engineers had developed a reliable pusher field by the late 2480s, but satisfactory reliability was not fully achieved until accurate astrodetic mapping of the Known Universe was completed in the early Twenty-sixth Century.
The use of the Slipdrive in exploration beyond the boundaries of the Known Universe was only made possible with the advent of the Travelers of the Enochiian School. They had the ability to not only precisely identify re-entry points, but they eliminated the need for the magnetic pusher field to manipulate the 4-brane manifold.