[Transcript of mission log from the jumpship "Explorer", 13:27.45-13:31.22,
Captain Dean Howland: All systems check. She's ready for FTL.
Traquility Base: Roger that, Explorer. All systems go.
DH: Beginning countdown to FTL drive engagement. Jump in T-60 seconds.
TB: We copy you, Explorer. Sixty seconds and counting.
DH: Anyone have a prepared speech for me?
TB: Don't you have one? [laughs]
DH: Yeah, but I don't know if I'll be able to catch my breath to read it.
DH: T-30 seconds to jump. All systems go.
TB: Heart rate and blood pressure register well within guidelines.
DH: Sure doesn't feel like it.
DH: T-15 seconds. All systems check.
TB: Good luck, Explorer, and godspeed.
DH: Thanks, base. [pause] T-10.
DH: Initiating manual startup of the FTL drive. Drive check. Priming coolant
tanks. Tanks check. [heavy breathing] Here we go.
TB: Five... four... three... two... one...
DH: Engage FTL drive.
DH: Holy... [burst of static] Base, do you copy?
TB: We copy, Explorer. [sounds of background cheering] You are out of Earth
space. Long-range sensors place you in the vicinity of Jupiter. Vital signs
are stable and within acceptable ranges.
DH: Roger that, base. We are in elliptical orbit around Jupiter. Repeat,
in orbit around Jupiter. [breathes deeply] Do you copy?
TB: You bet your life we do, Explorer. Congratulations.
DH: Am I on the air?
TB: Roger, Explorer. You're on 72 networks, as well as broadband communication.
DH: [clears throat] Ladies and Gentlemen, this is the end of life as we know
it. The doorway my crew and I have just jumped through is a gateway to untold
spaces, races, and possibilities. The future lies through this door, and
now the door is open.
TB: Good work, Explorer.
DH: Begin return jump countdown?
TB: Run a full system check first. Return at your leisure.
DH: Copy that, base. Commencing full system check. [pause] It's really beautiful
TB: We see it, Explorer. It's more beautiful than I... we ever imagined.
(Excerpted from: SEA (Solar Exploration Agency) Archives, FTL test missions.
[Voice of TB has been identified as Cameron Shetland.])