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The ion drive is a method of transport through space.
The primary propulsion system aboard any spacecraft larger than 30 meters, the Ion drive functions by expelling a stream of electrically charged molecules from the thruster - resulting in a blue beam of light emitting from the drive of the starcraft. Though they cannot achieve speeds nearly as high as that of combustion-based systems, ion drives are nevertheless the primary form of propulsion for nearly all spacecraft. They are exponentially more economical than CTDs, and they can directly tap into the ship's fusion reactor, meaning that they do not require an external source of renewable fuel like CTDs do.