The Quantum Accelerator is a device capable of manipulating the relative progression of time through the creation of quantum bubbles. Within the accelerator's bubble, time progresses forward at a much faster rate.
The Quantum Accelerator is a conical device. At its base, a light blue quantum field is project, which creates a bubble using quantum field technology. The field accelerates only the forward progression of time, not the reverse.
History EditDoctor Janice Lee, a research physicist, spearheaded research on the accelerator in the late 2410s at the Epsilon Science Station on Epsilon 2. However, the quantum accelerator had attracted the attention of the Krill, who began spying on the project starting through Doctor Derek Ashton in March 2419. By September, Lee's team successfully constructed a working prototype.
When the USS Orville visits the Station that month, Derek hails a Krill destroyer to raid the facility and capture the device. Doctor Lee is killed by her own device in the ensuing chaos. The Orville's away team manages to abscond with the accelerator to their ship, leading to the Battle of Epsilon 2. The accelerator is destroyed in battle when the Orville uses it to destroy the enemy vessel.
With both the prototype and its creator lost, it is unlikely a second accelerator will be created soon.
The Quantum Accelerator is unnamed in the original April 2016 pilot script, described only as a "strange-looking device." The quantum bubble was called a warp field emitted by the device's "muzzle."
Creator Seth MacFarlane originally sketched a design of the accelerator with pencil and paper. The look is mostly the same, with many wires extending from the top of the device. The accelerator was built by propmaster Bryan Rodgers.