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Anderson and his colleagues began work on cutting-edge hyperdrive technology in 2169 in an attempt to push the boundaries of hyperspace knowledge. Already armed with the knowledge about higher-level hyperspace in experimental tests, and the obvious nature of alien hyperdrives, they sought a platform to probe the very nature of hyperspace itself.

Several solar orbital stations within the orbit used by Mars and Earth were used to facilitate this research. He was most intrigued about developing an interstellar transport system operating in much the same way as a train system, but using the wormhole technology surrounding GM hyperdrives. Although the outbreak of the Serpenti War in 2170 slowed down his developments, he applied his research findings to release better GM hyperdrives during the war period.

The concept of the stargate was first successfully demonstrated in 2172 with a trans-Earth/Mars gate that had an aperture of barely 4 m. This success had come from an earlier failure which resulted in the loss of his research stations into hyperspace with all personnel aboard in 2171.

In 2173 the first interstellar stargate (using G2 hypershunt technology) was established to Victoria with a gate that had an effective aperture of 25 m. The effects on trade and commerce were immediate, suddenly allowing rapid transits and the use of low-cost space vessels.

By early 2174 further gates had been established (specified as G3s) linking Earth through to Nouvelle Quebec, Arlington, Abenstein and Hujiang. The G2 gate to Victoria was supplemented with a G3 gate. The G3 gates built at this time had an aperture of 100 m.

Both the range and bottleneck of the apertures of these gates would prove to be the biggest limiting factors in expanding the stargate network capabilities. The gates were only economic to run between major colonies where traffic volume could be sustained at a high enough level.

Many Terran governments and corporations and the military complex wanted to see stargates with huge apertures designed to accommodate some of the biggest interplanetary vessels still in use in the solar system, and as rapid deployment for large interstellar transports, colonisers and military battlewagons.

G4 gates using 250 m apertures were established between Earth and Arlington and Arcturus and Boristov in late 2175, and served commercial needs as well as a vital military role in defending the Arcturus region. However, the construction of more of these gates was considered untenable as construction costs vastly outweighed their sustained viability.

In 2176 the Stargate Consortium (SGC) was established to finance and control the contracting of the new breeds of stargate to be commissioned. The enormous structures that resulted had to be transported in sections by Herculean-class transports to their deployment sites, and once assembled are some of the largest Terran structures in existence. These new gates were designed around 20 km apertures and involved the use of varying hyperspace shunt technologies depending on the ranges needed to be achieved by a particular gate at that site. In most cases these new gates replaced the former, smaller, dedicated destination gates, as they could reorient their hyperspace connections to connect to other gates within their range. This eliminated the need for multiple gates in a solar system to connect to different destinations.

By March 2177, the planned SGC network was in place and operational, and linked Terran space from as far away as Arcturus all the way through to Abenstein. During this period, the Martian corporates were important contractors. They included SIL, who also built their own stargate network from Mars through to some other star systems not on SGC?s planned route network.

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