Humanity was back on track. In fact, it had improved. There was so much energy that required less effort to create than before. And with it, the people found more and better ways to use that energy to improve their lives. Humanity suddenly found itself with a lot of free time and a lot of momentum to use it for. The human race started working together more than ever, and that with better tools than ever. Man looked around themselves and thought: “What now? Whereto now? What do I have to do NOW to make sure my children will have a permanent place to live? With almost equal standards of life everywhere in the world and a much lower risk of war, what is left to achieve, to improve our lives?”
And man looked upwards.
In 2035 the first theoretically sound space elevator was developed. The materials that were necessary to build it, however, were discovered later, roughly around 2037.
At 2038 the construction of that elevator began. It was completed 2041. The construction of the first permanent space station was completed a few years later. In 2053 the first spaceship, named “Union” was christened. The materials, technology and crew came from everywhere in the world. Russia, China, USA, Germany, Brazil, everyone had something to offer.
In 2044, the Union established a small outpost on the moon and started looking for everything valuable. Materials that weren’t yet discovered or considered useless the last time man flew into space, were found. They were mined and sent back to earth on a big plate of plassteel with a solar engine attached to it. The second spaceship, christened “Arlesh”, started acting as a freighter between earth and moon. It was, essentially, a big plate of plassteel with a solar engine and a cockpit.