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Solomon "Sol" Epstein was the inventor of the Epstein Drive, a modified fusion drive.

History Edit

A Jewish man born on Mars, Epstein was an engine engineer for Masstech for at least a decade before he started spending his free time implementing his design for a magnetic coil exhaust acceleration to increase drive efficiency, enabling spaceships to sustain thrust throughout the entire voyage.

After finishing his design, Epstein outfitted his private three-man yacht with the Epstein drive and turned it on, launching it out into the Sol system at a marginal percentage of the speed of light. He was, however, unable to turn the engine off, and never returned. His ship accelerated for 37 hours at an unknown rate above 7 g before his fuel supply ran out and ended up at about 5% the speed of light. Solomon himself died from the high acceleration within minutes.

The plans for the Epstein drive were discovered on his home computer by his wife Caitlin Esquibel, and the mass production of the drive enabled humans to populate the Sol system.