A Quick Explanation:
You might be asking yourself: Why does this corporation get more attention? Well, the history of the Orlamu Federation is the history of the Star Drive. The setting’s name is Star*Drive Frontiers. I don’t think I need to say more. That said, the following could quite possibly be very boring. You’ve been warned.
The stardrive project formed in 1998, a collaboration between the fraal and human representatives from Terran superpowers. The research presented a terrific drain on all of the national economies, but Earth’s scientific community believed correctly that the marriage of fraal gravity technology and humanity’s ability to harness dark-matter power would prevail. Only through the combined efforts of the world powers was the feat accomplished.
Unknown to all but the research team and a few senior government officials, the first starfall took place on November 11, 2003, almost three years before the first public exhibition.
Scientists constructed the prototype stardrive on a satellite orbiting Mars. On the fateful day, engineers began to bombard the activated dark matter with gravitons at 7:01 GMT. Thirty seconds later, the satellite vanished in a spectacular wave of light. Observers witnessed the first recorded starfall. Since the satellite’s projected path was only to the other side of the Sol system, scientists expected the vessel to reappear after a few moments. The ship vanished, and the wait for its return stretched first to minutes, then hours, then days.
Scientists and researchers panicked. The fate of the satellite was unknown. Would it return? When? Accusations of incompetence and sabotage flew between the superpowers. Exactly 121 hours after its departure, the satellite returned and was immediately surrounded by dozens of scientific and military vessels.
The charismatic Jeff Sendir, engineer for the Indo-African League, was the only crewman aboard the satellite for the surprise journey. Unprepared for a long departure into an unexplored dimension, Commander Sendir struggled to survive. During the five days, the satellite’s sensors drew no readings from drivespace. All measurements and readings reported that the satellite was surrounded by a featureless void. Sendir stayed active in the scientific community for another decade, keeping abreast of the development and commercialization of the stardrive. He retired in 2019 at age 45. More than a hundred of his colleagues left their positions to join him in establishing an independent academy for the study of drive- space and dark matter energies. The Orlamu Foundation devoted itself to unlocking the mysteries of not merely how the stardrive operated, but why. What, Sendir asked, is the true nature of drivespace? The Orlamu Foundation assisted many nations in the exploration of space, it continued to develop larger and larger stardrives. Sendir retired to the planet Prophethome in 2064, taking the headquarters of the Orlamu Foundation with him.
More than anything else, drivespace research and stardrive development are the Orlamu Foundation’s principal focuses. Orlamu stardrives power almost a third of the starships in service, and the reliability of Orlamu drive technology is second to none. The Foundation has met with the best success in miniaturization and development of stardrive technology, and through high production the Orlamus make a hefty profit in sales of stardrives and the technology to build them.