Not to be confused with vacuum break.
Much like the airbrake for airplanes and the handbrake for most forms of automobile, the vacuum brake is the form of brake used by spacecraft. The design nowadays is most dominated by Brakefest LLC, but other companies have made their own forms of vacuum brake with mild success.
The vacuum brake was first proposed around 2025, when spacecraft were first being launched out of the Sol System. At that time period, spaceships were using the thoroughly archaic methods of gravitational, propellant-dispensing and atmospheric braking in order to lose enough velocity to land. This was not only ineffective but (in the case of propellant) wasteful, so a better method had to be devised. The problem was alleviated somewhat by increasing the number of space stations and space towers, but naturally there was a limit to the amount that could be built.
Alexander Tyras Bronson (the original creator of the Coalition) invented the first known form of the device as a technological bargaining chip. His original design consisted of two metal plates projecting from brizospace antipodes which utilized the Casimir effect to create a Tourant-Labe phenomenon, a process which involves transferring momentum to Brizospace, which then is converted to usable BRB energy. As a double advantage, the BRB energy can be stored and used to power the ship in later times. Unfortunately, Bronson was unable to use the "space brake" (as he called it) as an effective playing card when trying to get the Coalition recognized. As a direct result, he released the plans as public domain out of spite.
The vacuum brake was then improved upon vastly by the Isaacland Governmental Research Team and made standard equipment on all spacecraft on voyages longer than 20 Eays and required on all long-haul starships. It was also given its present name.
Breakthrough in 1943Edit
The vacuum brake was perfected by Elizabeth K. S. Masters and her husband Malcolm in 1943, but unfortunately the Time Paradox of 1943 wiped them from history and sent them to join General Nillion IV. The vacuum brake design, using the even-now revolutionary Function 7 Algorithm to consolidate n-degree brizonomials to create an artificial multicronic twist in the fabric of the universe, allowing for a direct portal into brizospace for transfer of momentum - all in one stainless steel chamber in which two metal plates were suspended by disbelief, was transported to 2097.
The vacuum brake today remains mostly of the Malcolm design, however the stainless steel and metal was replaced with Fictionite for strength and ease of transport. Early conversions to Fictionium were successful until the 2131 terrorist attacks, where in one incident the perpetrators attempted to expose the brake on the spaceliner ILSS Kilroy to proof of its own nonexistence with reportion beams and sabotage the liner's ability to stop. Fortunately, they failed in this attempt, but the incident spurred the Multiversal Court to issue orders that all existing Fictionium brakes to be converted to Fictionite as a safety precaution. This would later prove invaluable in the SmarT War of 2134 when SmarT agents attempted to repeat this feat on the warship ILWS Lossless, and this time almost successfully, were it not that vacuum brakes were already manufactured with Fictionite in accordance to the Multiversal Court's laws. SmarT did not know this, as Fictionite was never discovered in SmarT's home universe.