When Deep-Space Marine Boon Conray disappeared while flying missions in the Cressida Nebulonic cloud, he was presumed dead. Boon returned after many years a changed man, scarred by deceit and greed. Conray brought with him, from the brink, a technology he wasn't prepared to share with just anyone...especially the Space Federation. Boon's new technology gave already swift ships an unearthly boost. Within a year of his return, every pirate from Galalagos to Mythephony had their very own “BoonBeam” drive. Even the fastest Federation ships were being left in the stardust.
In response, the Federation turned to the slightly mad rocket scientist, Belray Kanoose who was, often illegally, revolutionizing warp technology. In exchange for immunity, Kanoose developed the Plasmagraphic Uberwarpification Engine. The Federation installed the first Uberwarps in a prototype vessel and reluctantly named her the “Kanoose Laser” for her maiden voyage. They reclassified it as the LL-101 Predator only a month later.
The Federation was finally able to chase down and apprehend so many of the BoonBeam pirates who had plagued them for three dark years. However, Conray was never caught. It is rumored that he piloted his trademark black and gold ship to a distant, uncharted galaxy to build an army. Of course, this is purely speculation.