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PROJECT GATEWAY was the effort to develop and build a station outside of earths atmosphere. In the beginning we utilised high altitude balloons which carried aloft rockets to take a team and payload to orbit. It was our rationalisation that a constant flow of smaller launches high over the oceans would draw little or no attention to the project. We were correct. Space habitat EDEN was completed.
We started small. A three man crew, 600 feet long, ablative disk and magnetic delivery system made 'up there'. What we couldn't produce ourselves we had delivered. A proof of concept vehicle. It was decided that we would take Orion to the dark side of the moon and detonate our first pulse in its shadow. Safety and secrecy dictated the need. The prototype worked so well in testing that ORION SPRINT was green lit for us. 1800 yards long, 14 crew members, disk grown, milled, polished and perfected all off world. From her first to 33rd flight, she performed faultlessly. Her 34th mission was a full speed sprint to the Oort cloud, and beyond. Away she went. Fully fuelled, fully equipped. 18 months she was gone.