The Ætherdrive is the heart of the Ships power and propulsion systems. The Core produces heat that energizes the steam for the ships steampulse propulsion. It also produces the power needed to create the sub-ætheric field that allows warp drive as well as providing power to all systems on the ship.
The engines that run the ship are not much different from the archaic steam engines except in their scope of potential power. Dilythium coal is fed into a Furnace which produces vast amounts of heat. The heat is used to energize the phlogisten in the boiler. Phlogestin can be used in many ways. It can flow through turbines to power generators for production of electricity, It can be concentrated in a pulse engine to super heat deuterium to a hyper plasma state which propels the ship (steam pulse), or it can circulate through trexar Coils which is one of the elements in creating a phenolic or sub-ætheric field which allows the steam thrust to push against the ætheric medium andpropel the ship to interplanetary speeds. The actual physical interface with the ætheric medium is call ætheric transition. An increase in the strength of the phenolic field makes the Æther more tangible to the steam plasma and creates a more efficient thrust. The level of efficiency is referred to as transition factor and is commonly calls Trans.