These crafts will probably not be aerodynamical and therefor cannot enter or leave an atmosphere without being ripped asunder.
Traditional means would have to be used such as fossil fueled space crafts or a space elevator (if that ever happens) to send goods from earth up to the warp ship and then at site down from the warp ship to the planet. Then we're talking about $10.000/ 1 KG again, that's one expensive banana cluster
The key to colonizing other planets is self-efficiency and don't think that'll ever change even with technology.
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Something, Something, Something, Dark Side.
Oh, and about fusion power, it would technically work for half of the elements, but under the right conditions. The "fuel" used most is a mixture of dilithium and tritium (2 types of hydrogen besides the main one, but they're extremely abundant on Earth, so you don't need to worry about fuel shortages in future.
By author Seth Mnookin:
Because it’s sexier to discover something than to show there’s nothing to be discovered, high-impact journals show a marked preference for "initial studies" as opposed to disconfirmations. Unfortunately, as anyone who has ever worked in a research lab knows, initial observations are almost inevitably refuted or heavily attenuated by future studies — and that data tends to get printed in less prestigious journals. Newspapers, meanwhile, give lots of attention to those first, eye-catching results while spilling very little (if any) ink on the ongoing research that shows why people shouldn’t have gotten all hot and bothered in the first place. (I have a high degree of confidence that the same phenomenon occurs regardless of the medium, but the PLOS ONE study only examined print newspapers.)
Someone please come wake me up from under my rock when we have replicators and holodecks. So I can eat with 0 effort and do questionable things in privacy.