The technology behind the ISDC's efforts to reach deep space

The technology used by the ISDC is sourced from a number of highly classified programs. Most is derived from advanced research programs around the world, in areas such as fusion-based generation, magnetoplasma propulsion and tactical systems. 

Some technology has been adapted from recovered extra-terrestrial vessels, including new types of materials that dramatically improve the efficiency of terrestrially-engineered systems. This makes previously theoretical technologies such as fusion a practical reality.

Development programs across the ISDC are responsible for researching the various technologies needed for deep-space exploration and applying it to the construction of vessel systems.

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Shipboard power is supplied by a pair of magneto-inertial fusion reactors, supplemented by auxiliary and emergency power generation systems. 
Propulsion systems include the vessels main magnetoplasma impulse engines and the superluminal drive.
Tactical systems include a range of weaponry, countermeasure and electronic warfare systems intended to protect the vessel against conceivable threat scenarios.
Effectively the the vessel's eyes and ears, sensor systems are vital to core operations.
Training & Development

The ISDC is not strictly a military organisation but operates a military-style chain of command as the most appropriate model for the dangerous, distant and unpredictable environment in deep space.

Providing the skills and experience necessary to undertake missions in that environment is as high a priority for the ISDC as building Endeavour.

Starting with the Academy, training programs, mentoring and practical experience support members in achieving their potential.

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