This is a depiction of a first attempt by humans to explore space after discovering a form of FTL (faster than light) travel. The cylindrical pods mounted around the craft generate the field that 'jumps' it between the stars. It is large enough to cope with emergencies without any supplies from home. i.e. it has indefinite life support, medical facilities, entertainment systems, mineral processors, automated factories etc so that it can build spare parts from asteroid mined raw materials.
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