Years ago, some friends and I (not least among them our beloved Arcass) developed a ralaunch (no pun intended) of Space: 1999. Our bigest gripe with the series was the whole blasting the moon out of orbit thing. Interesting idea, but...well...not real plausible. So, our thinking was to have an accident with a newly developed FTL drive hurl a space station into deep space.
In essence, the show was much the same...without the moon. The space station was trapped in a field that raced through space at translight speeds. When it neared a star system, the gravity well caused it to drop below light speed. For a brief period of time, it would coast through normal space as the field recharged itself from the solar energy. When it hit a critical level - BANG! - the station would shoot back into faster than light speeds.
So, this is a trip down memory lane to those cool brainstorming sessions with some very talented guys!