Patterning cells are the “batteries” that bitek starships use to create wormholes for FTL travel. The manoever is known as a “swallow”. The cells are charged by the ship extracting energy from charged particles via the distortion field. The result is that bitek ships do not need to rely on conventional means of an energy source such as a fusion reactor. The cells form a honeycomb structure that takes up to 80% of the ship’s volume.
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