FTL-drive (Faster Than Light drive) is a theoretical device that would allow travel at faster than the speed of light (299,792,458 m/s).

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Why do people traveling FTL using Mass Effect Relays not experience time dilation?

I have a limited understanding of the physics of it, but as far as I know time dilates at higher velocities. Meaning that time essentially passes slower for objects moving at higher velocities. Why ...
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Story Identification - Sublight Starship “passed” by FTL

I'm a huge fan of SF from the golden age of SF, so this could be a fairly old book. It was a story about a "generation" starship or sublight starship. I believe most of the story was about their ...
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A novel about a man left behind by his family's spaceship who helps discover a warp drive

This is a book I read 40 years ago I remember the plot but haven't a clue as to the title. A young man misses the takeoff of his trader families spaceship and is marooned on a planet. He has no real ...
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Can't remember sci-fi novel with loner female cargo pilot carrying contraband technology

Sorry to be so vague; The book I'm trying to find was from the POV of a female cargo pilot transporting some sort of technology that is banned from humans by the other races of which one race are fish ...
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A Fire Upon the Deep: how come the refugee ship goes so fast to the Tines' world?

It takes Ravna and friends months on a damaged, but modified bottom lugger (the OOB2) to reach the Tines' world. Yes there is a Zone storm happening, but it seems that it took the Orlsnot refugee ship ...
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Can anyone identify this old science fiction novel about a young inventor developing an FTL drive?

Read it many years ago, and don't remember the title or the author. The plot set-up was that earth has been placed under embargo by a federation of alien planets, who say earth people will not be ...
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Why does Galactica jump so close to planets?

Why does Galactica choose to jump so frakking close to planets? The show often describes jump destinations as in orbit or worse, low orbit. This seems like a dangerous and risky maneuver and one that ...
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Do Powell and Donovan experience relativistic time dilation, in 'Escape!' ?

Powell and Donovan are set by US Robotics to test a spaceship with a hyperspatial drive. They, at one point claim they have been on the ship for 5 days, whereas I believe Dr Calvin requests 48 hrs to ...
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Identify: Story [novel, novella?] that featured faster-than-light or hyperdrive gained from observing distant drive use, also had a sentient star

I have little recollection when I read this, but it started with people observing indications of some special engine use many lightyears away, and it led them to 'reverse-engineer' the traces to ...
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What is it about hyperdrive that is assumed to make the human mind go insane?

In various C.J. Cherryh books, it has been described how the crew in a ship has to be sedated or otherwise put to sleep during hyperspace travel. For the most part, it is alluded, without too much ...
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Why does it take Noriko so long to get home?

In the final episode of Top o Nerae! Gunbuster, Why has it been so long, when the previous trip only took a few years? Did they know it would take so long when they left?
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What would be the effects of warp collisions?

Triggered by a recent question I was wondering what actually would happen to a ship (e.g. the Enterprise-D NCC-1701) that collides with a stationary object like a) another ship of a similar ...
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What is the work that had FTL travel but no FTL communications?

I remember reading a work (It was most likley a series of books though not 100% sure) that had a universe where there was technology for FTL spaceflight, but no FTL communications (excluding of course ...
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How was the alien ship that attached itself to Destiny not vaporized when Destiny went into FTL

In the Stargate Universe episode Divided, it is said that the shuttle clamps have to be engaged in order for Destiny's shield to envelope the shuttle, protecting it during faster-than-light travel. If ...
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Why don't captains launch shuttles or escape pods at warp as a last resort weapon?

I don't recall the episodes, but I know I've seen a starship take control of another starship remotely, given the appropriate command codes, etc. It stands to reason a shuttle and possibly an escape ...
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Would the Picard Maneuver work in the Star Wars universe?

The Picard Maneuver basically boils down to: "surprise your enemy by jumping right next to him and unload all your cannons". However, Trek canon makes a bit more of a technological fuss about how it ...
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Is there any time travel in the Star Wars expanded universe, or anywhere in the Star Wars canon?

Traveling faster than light would enable sending at least information back in time, violate causality, etc., but I don't remember reading or seeing anything related to it in the Star Wars universe. ...
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Can a starship moving at warp 9.999 be hit from behind by a torpedo?

I always see torpedoes follow Newtonian physics even at Warp speeds. They always hit the targeted vessel from behind even if it's at warp speed. This means their own speed beat the speed of the ...
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Which sci-fi universe has the slowest extensively used interstellar drive (best available)?

This is sort of the opposite of this question: Which SciFi universe has the fastest space ships (hyperspace technology)? Since the obvious answer is just wherever there is no technology much more ...
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Which SciFi universe has the fastest space ships (hyperspace technology)? [closed]

I would like to restrict this to televisions shows. It can be a 2 part answer or other answers where novels discuss even faster hyper-drive style technology. Is the jump mechanism of FTL in ...
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FTL in the Aliens franchise

A common event in the Aliens movie is people being placed in stasis for long periods of time, presumably because space travel is a slow and arduous process. Given the vast distances between even the ...
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In Star Trek (2009), how did the warp-capable Enterprise get trapped by the gravity of a black hole?

In the last scene of Star Trek (2009), the Enterprise got trapped in the gravitational field of a black hole. Light can't escape a black hole if it's inside the event horizon. The Enterprise was ...
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Which race in Star Trek universe was the first to invent Warp technology?

As I've remembered from TV shows, Klingons were capable of interstellar travel from the time of Kahless somewhere in 9th century. And, other species were much backwards.. even Vulcans invented warp ...
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Short story of a race who discovered primitive but subtle interstellar travel

Many years (20+?) ago in Analog SF magazine I read a short story where a culture discovered interstellar travel shortly after the start of their iron age. They could construct air-tight ships and ...
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Why did Starfleet not adopt or acquire the Xindi's subspace vortex technology?

In Enterprise, the Xindi used a method of propulsion where they would generate subspace vortexes, allowing them to traverse vast distances faster than traditional warp drives. The Xindi eventually ...
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How do Star Wars hyperdrives work?

I was wondering how hyperdrives would work (Star Wars ones). I am mainly interested in how they would use energy (i.e. electricity or any other types of power) to cause a ship to go faster than ...
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How can a spaceship jump “into” a mountain with FTL?

In Lay Down Your Burdens (Part 1) (episode 19 of season 2 of the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica), the rescue mission to Caprica loses one Raptor during their final jump. On checking the coordinates, ...
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How did Ol't'ro stop Achilles' attack?

During the climactic confrontation at the end of Betrayer of Worlds: We are told that Achilles saw a bright flash when the missiles were "taken care of", and then a fast moving object showed up ...
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How does the theory of subspace work? [closed]

I know lots of Sci-Fi works use the term subspace. How does Subspace work? Is it like hyperspace (a parallel realm to our own)? or is it a host of alternate time lines that run parallel to our own? or ...
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Why are transmissions in StarTrek sometimes real-time, but sometimes require significant time to reach the destination?

Watching TNG again I realized that some subspace transmissions are occurring in real-time, but some reports require significant time to be delivered. The odd thing is that this doesn't seem to be ...
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Trek Warp Scale Re-Calibration [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why did the Star Trek writers decide Warp 10 would be infinite? In TOS (I forget the episode) but with some help enterprise reaches warp 13 (or something significantly ...
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What happened to warp drives destroying the universe?

I remember a TNG episode where some scientists said that warp drives were causing a lot of damage to subspace. At the end of the episode Star Fleet decided that warp speeds would be restricted to warp ...
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Why did the Star Trek writers decide Warp 10 would be infinite?

From Star Trek: The Next Generation onward, warp speed has a basically cubic scale from warps 1 - 9. But then, close to warp 10, it suddenly develops its own puzzling scale, as can be seen in this ...
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What are the different forms of FTL travel and how do they interact?

The Honorverse includes several different forms of FTL travel, and I must admit I'm confused about the differences. There's 'hyper', which has different 'bands', each with a different relative speed ...
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What FTL drives in science-fiction are the most scientifically plausible? [closed]

Science-fiction has used wormhole travel, hyperdrive, teleportation, even sub-FTL flight combined with time travel o get characters there and back again. Even hard science-fiction writer Larry Niven ...
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How did the Skylark deal with the Einstein light-speed limit?

In Skylark Three by E.E. "Doc" Smith, the Skylark has an acceleration of five times the speed of light, and in The Skylark of Valeron, it has nearly unlimited acceleration. Is there any indication of ...
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Heinlein book(s) with FTL travel?

I'm a new Heinlein fan and also an FTL (faster-than-light) fan. Did he write any books where FTL was possible? All the ones I've read so far have been intra-system (Sol) only.
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How is the FTL drive supposed to work in Star Trek?

I couldn't figure this one out. Has anyone? I know it's about anti-matter and some kind of reactor, but what is it supposed to be doing?