The Odyssey was the lead ship in the first line of interstellar human colony vessels. It was launched on January 1, 2362, laden with troops and terraforming gear to spearhead the colonization of a new world, Reach. The launching of the Odyssey sparked the first wave of human expansion beyond the confines of the Sol System, founding the first Inner Colonies outside Sol.
The name 'Odyssey' derives from an epic poem written by the Greek poet, Homer. The story follows a commander, Odysseus, who gets lost on his return from the Trojan war, sailing to various places over the course of two decades. The name is fitting for the ship because of the parallels: humanity embarks on a long voyage after emerging from the Interplanetary War.