"Venturing beyond what others fear."
-- Dedication quote on the USS Euderion Ships-Plaque
When the missing USS Voyager returns from the Delta Quadrant in 2378, she brought a couple new technologies from her long lone journey. Most prominent, the Quantum Slipstream drive, an advanced form of interstellar propulsion allowing starships to break through the warp speed barrier.
In the year 2380, the Vesta-class Federation starship USS Aventine was among the first Starfleet vessels to be fitted with a quantum slipstream drive, but in 2381 Starfleet began installing quantum slipstream drives on most of its vessels when they were compatible with the upgrade.
These drives could only operate for a short period at a time before shutting down for safety reasons, though in those precious seconds, the starship could cross an entire sector of space. After what was presumably a short period of recharging and re-calibration, they could be activated again for another "sprint".
In mid 2381, the USS Euderion was on a standard overhaul to change the Torpedo Weapon pod to a less militaristic Weapon/Sensor Hybrid Pod when Starfleet decided to also install the new Slipstream Drive.
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