"The ability to dump raw power into your propulsion system to temporarily increase your acceleration and top speed has been around since we were trapped within Earth's biosphere, and has followed us out into space. The afterburner chews power at a prodigious rate, but losing a little power is better than getting caught in the middle of a fleet battle."
The Afterburner is a generic outfit that gives you the ability to press the Afterburner key to accelerate to double your top speed.
It quickly drains fuel.
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Very useful to escape missiles or hostiles, and to rush through blockades.
Can be used as main forward propulsion with good energy reserve or regeneration.
Trickling the trigger will provide most of the speed while greatly reducing energy drain.
This automatically happens if the trigger is held down while energy is exhausted but has decent regeneration.