Technology in The Confederacy
A game like Cosmic Defenders is either inspired by or outright borrows concepts from a wide variety of sources. I've been watching science fiction television series and movies and reading science fiction novels for decades now and all of it influences what I insert into my games. Now that doesn't mean that an alien doctor is going to be using a medical tricorder lifted straight out of Star Trek, The Next Generation. But he might use a similar device and call it a medscanner. Below are links to various types of technology and what characters may expect to find when exploring the Confederacy.
Space Elevators: While considered obsolete on most worlds there are still examples of these impressive feats of engineering found on some worlds. Space elevators consist of a series of immense cables linking an anchor point on a planet to a facility in orbit. With the advent of teleporters space elevators became used mostly to shift tremendous amounts of mass that are to costly to move via teleporters.