a propulsion system for a spaceship; cf. star drive n.
There we shall have plenty of work to do, but on the way we are going to stop at Mars and pick up that very valuable ship of theirs and make a very careful examination for possible new weapons, their system of speed-drive, and their regular space-drive, if it is not the same.
The slim, graceful ship rose smoothly into the atmosphere, angling slightly up, then driving forward as the gentle hum of mighty Farrel Atomics poured their millions of horsepower into the McKinley space-drive discs.
Janice Lansing, whose father, old John Lansing, had made his twenty millions honestly, as royalty on the Lansing Space Drive.
I'll bet he wants to steal your space drive, Uncle Don.
Took off—under space drive!
Took off—under space-drive!… How'd he do that without wrecking—With a tractor on him!
First, he was introduced to all the other members of the crew, and given a mass of papers to study which outlined the basic means of the new space drive, and which detailed the opinions and suggestions of various experts as to methods of procedure and courses of action.
Some terrible emergency had arisen, and because your body had been exposed to the energies of their space drive, and because your blood type is a rare kind, they had to use you in this emergency.
‘How did the drone handle? Any trouble switching it in or out of hyperdrive?’ ‘None. The drag field worked beautifully. The drone handled like another part of my own ship—which I guess it was. No trouble with any of the other equipment; that hyperdrive probably could have handled another drone. It still would have been nice if you could have tossed in a synthograv unit, though.’ ‘Fusion reactor,’ Taylor began. ‘Normal space drive. Hyperdrive unit, big enough to handle your ship and the drone.’
In addition the same principles that governed the space drive itself were directed to a different purpose: Pushing along a huge mass of rock held with tractor beams, the destruction force prepared to transform the mass into anti-matter once it had been placed in the proper trajectory to strike the target—still distant—ahead of them.
For centuries, men have dreamed of anti-gravity or of ‘spacedrives’.
The wolfling race may develop a crude spacedrive from the dregs of its patron’s technology.
Its work involves an experimental spacedrive, the first interstellar voyage, faster-than-light travel.
It didn’t exclude the possibility that the heptapods might yet offer us a space drive, or cold fusion, or some other wish-fulfilling miracle.
John W. Campbell, Jr; 'The Electronic Siege'
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