After the overwhelming success of the two-year survey mission conducted by the first JumpShip, the TAS Pathfinder, and the discovery of many habitable worlds, the Terran Alliance authorized the construction of the first colony JumpShip. This ship was the Ark, and she was due to be completed in 2114; however, production problems delayed the launch of the Ark until 2116.
The TAS Ark launched under the leadership of Martin Cabot with almost five hundred colonists bound for the existing scientific outpost on New Earth, founding the first interstellar colony. This colonisation mission would be the first of many.
- DropShips and JumpShips, p. 11, "To Reach Tau Ceti"