Interstellar travel was made possible by the invention of the tunnel drive. This device manipulates the negative matter within the zero point energy fields that surronds a vessel. By affecting the local electromagnetic field it creates a negative mass field. This allows the vehicle to travel through a temporary portal through both space and time arriving at a distant point many light years away.
These devices were originally tested on deep space probes. Within the next few years, scores of probes were launched by various organizations as a race for the stars began. These missions lwere very expensive but were crucial in mapping out the dozens of solar systems that make up the Terran Core. It proved invaluable in creating the foundation for safe and effective star travel.
Over the years, the design and performance of the tunnel drive has remained relatively unchanged. In theory, the tunnel drive can take a ship hundreds, perhaps thousands of light years in a single jump. However, this has not been attempted as of yet. A tunnel jump requires a lot of power and updated data for entrance points into a star system. The common travel routes are equipped with sensor stations that provide ship commanders with real time information. In the history of extra solar travel, only one ship has been lost by this lack of data. In 2099, the USS Managua was destroyed by entering a system at the precise point and time that a comet was in the entrance point.