A Brief History of the Universe
1942 – First Rocket into space. V2 Rocket by Germany.
1957 – Sputnik was the first satellite in orbit. Russia.
1957 – First Animal in space. Russia.
1961 – First man in space. Yuri Gagarin – Russia.
1969 – Neil Armstrong – First man on the moon. U.S.A
1971 – First space station in orbit – Salyut 1. Russia.
1998 – First component of the International Space Station launched.
2002 – SpaceX company founded.
2004 – U.S. President George W. Bush orders NASA to cancel space shuttle program by 2010/2011. Diverts funding to other NASA programs.
20?? – U.S. President Obama orders NASA to cancel manned space flight programs. Increases funding of other NASA programs.
2014 – September 24th, India successfully puts a satellite (Mangalyaan, meaning “Mars craft” in Hindi) around Mars.
2020 – China sends man to the moon.
2025 – France launches space station. When completed is 4 times the size of the ISS. Several civilian companies provide shuttle services between earth and the station.
2030 – ISS shuts down after 30 years of service.
2033 – U.S. Launches space station “Washington.”
2048 – China launches space station “Ming.”
2050 – European Union and India begin independently launching facilities to the moon for first moon base.
2056 – EU’s lunar base completed first near moon’s north pole. Civilian visitors accepted within a year. Transportation provided by civilian companies.
2058 – India’s lunar base completed near moon’s south pole. Nearly twice as large as EU’s base.
2060 – Canada launches space station “Cartier.”
2060’s – Throughout this decade, several smaller bases established around the moon. EU and India’s presence on the moon continue to grow. Both bases are expanded and upgraded.
2088 – Virgin launches the first civilian owned space station, named “Branson.”
2090’s – Three more civilian space stations are launched named “Lincoln”, “Independence”, and “Unity.”
2120 – First colony on Mars.
2130 – Martian Armament Systems, Inc. opens.
2135 – Mining of Sol Asteroid belt begins by Space Minerals Excavation, Inc.
2140 – First colony on Venus.
2190 – Gas mining stations built around Jupiter.
2205 – Mining of rings around Saturn begins.
2210 – Gas mining of Saturn begins.
2248 – Colony on Uranus moon of Titania built.
2250 – Gas mining of Uranus begins.
2300 – Colony built on Pluto.
2350 – During gas mining operations on Uranus a mysterious object was discovered deep within the planet.
2380 – Uranus object removed from planet and placed in orbit. Object was a very large ring with strange technology. Investigation and examination begins.
2390 – It is speculated that the Uranus object is a “gate”. A means of traveling to another location.
2410 – The Uranus Gate has been fully examined. First attempt to “open” the gate with random codes stalled.
2411 – Second attempt to open the Uranus Gate succeeds. Gate remains open for 5 minutes before closing. Gate is observed to siphon gas from Uranus to recharge for 10 days. Within a year, mining operations on Uranus cease to preserve fuel for gate. Uranus gate now known as a “Jumpgate.”
2412 – Uranus Jumpgate opened for a second time using previous codes. Three exploration vessels enter gate and disappear. 10 days later the gate is opened again, but no vessels return. (Rumors persist that a single vessel did in fact return. There is no record of which ship it was, and what happened to it after it’s return.) After several more gate openings, the three vessels are declared loss. Gate code is locked and hidden. Further excursions through the Uranus Jumpgate with other codes yield better results. The most recent vessel returns with reports of a Jumpgate on the other side. News of an inhabitable planet in the new solar system sparks a flurry of colonization efforts.
2412 – 2449 – Many exploratory jumps through the gate reveal a dozen system of Jumpgates linked together. Fearing abandonment and totalitarian control, public pressure forces civilian control of the gates. Many worlds are colonized. Technology jumps by leaps and bounds. Though many alien animals are discovered on other planets, no sign of intelligent alien life has been found yet.
2450 – Campaign begins.