"The workings of the Jump Drive are a total mystery. The best that human scientists have been able to find out is that this device is a containment field for matter in a state that cannot normally exist in this universe; if the drive is opened up, the field collapses and its contents disappear. Therefore, even though a few jump drives have been captured over the years, it has so far proved impossible to reverse engineer them."
-Outfitter descriptionThe Jump Drive is the most advanced hyperdrive in the game, and vital to the player's post-story progression. Unlike normal hyperdrives, the Jump Drive does not rely on hyperlinks to move from system to system; however, the ship must be still to activate the jump, and the Jump Drive also uses twice as much fuel as a normal hyperdrive.
Due to its functionality, the Jump Drive acts as a content lock, preventing the player from reaching the Wanderers, the Drak and the Korath until they have either completed the storyline or they manage to disable and plunder a Korath Raider.
So far, only three species have unrestricted access to Jump Drives:
However, a number of other species have also been able to obtain a limited supply of Jump Drives: