An elderly inventor, using a long-lost Tesla notebook, invents a revolutionary electric drive system. Now what?
How durable is the new drive? Is it safe to operate? As for building a spacecraft around it, they’ll need money. Seed money to build prototypes at first, but they’ll also need to raise more before the first spaceship takes flight.
But that’s only part of the challenge; possession of a real, workable space drive automatically confers not only a financial edge but also a strategic advantage. The company or nation that gets there first will in practical terms own the solar system. So Russia, China, even the US government will go to any length to possess the drive system.
Can a small, cash-strapped private company protect the secret long enough to build a working spaceship?