The Outbound Flight Project was commissioned by the Jedi, most notably Jedi Master Jorus C'Baoth in the waning days of the Old Republic, after Palpatine became Chancellor, but prior to the Clone Wars. The purpose of the project was to seek extragalactic life by exiting the galaxy through the Unknown Regions and Chiss space. The ship was comprised of six Dreadnought capital ships around a central storage core. Its crew consisted of six Jedi Masters, twelve Jedi Knights, and fifty thousand colonists and their families. Each of the six Dreadnoughts were detachable, so that the crew could form a few colonies in the Unknown Regions. The mission set out from the planet Yaga Minor. On their way through Chiss space, the amalgamation of ships was shot down by Grand Admiral Thrawn, and the amalgamation crashed within the Redoubt, a last refuge of the Chiss. Also, the entire plot was designed, in the most part, by Darth Sidious and meant to fail.