Generally used to indicate a medium for faster than light travel, but sometimes used as the act of travelling at such speeds. Made famous by Star Trek - ships travel at warp speed through subspace - but common in many other science-fiction settings to allow rapid transit between the stars. Not to be ...

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What happens when 'spooling' an FTL drive?

I often hear the term 'spooling' used in connection with preparing various FTL drives for operation in space science fiction; e.g. "spooling FTL drive - prepare for jump" (or warp, etc.) This seems a ...
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Star Trek (2009) “It never occurred to me to think of space as the thing that was moving”

When I saw Star Trek (2009) I noticed something very weird. There is a scene in the movie where Scotty gets the specs to configure the transporters so that they can beam people between ships during ...
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Fastest form of travel in the Star Trek universe

In the TNG episode "The Nth Degree," Barcley uses a subspace inversion to travel the enterprise a phenomenal distance, but it doesn't seem to be an actual mode of transportation. Maybe this is a one-...
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Was warp technology ever used as a weapon? [duplicate]

In any Star Trek canon, was warp technology ever used to intentionally damage something? According to physics as we know it, the ability to deliver a payload (even a relatively small one) at ...
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Fuel economy and trip planning at warp [duplicate]

Is there any way to calculate how much anti-matter or dilithium I'll need to travel 5 light years at warp 4 (a general equation would be great, but if not the a ballpark estimate)? If different ...
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Why is warp 5 so special? Or is it?

The Enterprise series of Star Trek sees the flight and adventures of Earth's first warp 5 starship. This starship was the result of the "Warp Five program," which is referenced throughout the series (...
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Spacetime time dilation during warp travel instead of the ship?

According to answers I've seen on here, starships in Star Trek do not experience time dilation at warp speeds due to the ship being surrounded by a static warp bubble and isn't moving. Rather, ...
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Who got warp drive when and how?

What is the timeline for the acquisition or development of warp drive among the various major species of Star Trek (e.g. Humans, Vulcans, Bajorans, Cardassians, Romulans, Klingons etc.)? If the ...
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Book title pre-1988 about first earth warp-drive ship design

I read a book in 1988/89 about a team building Earth's first warp drive space ship. The protagonist is involved in a crash of an early design and is horribly burnt. Experimental treatments keep him ...
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Why is there a warp barrier at warp 9.1 and not at warp 9.0?

This question is about this plot from the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual: Reference site worth reading This plot shows energy discontinuities at the integer warp factors warp 1 ...
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Why would the Enterprise travel so slow to rescue a bridge officer? [duplicate]

TNG's Galaxy-class Enterprise-D could theoretically get to warp 9.8 and sustain warp 9.6 yet there are a number of perilous situations where "maximum warp" wasn't used. The one that most recently ...
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Why did warp cores become vertical?

In The Original Series (and Enterprise), Starfleet warp cores are horizontal: Beginning with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and continuing through the films and later television series (e.g. The ...
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What's the problem of using warp drive within a solar system? [duplicate]

In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Kirk says the following: in order to intercept the Intruder at the earliest possible time, we must now risk engaging Warp drive while still within the solar ...
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When and why did the Enterprise get balls?

When the USS Enterprise first appeared, its warp nacelles looked like this from the rear: At some point in The Original Series, the ship seems to have enjoyed a mild refit, resulting in ball-like ...
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Why do ships appear to stretch when they jump to warp?

In the TNG opening credits the Enterprise-D stretches for a second when jumping to warp then returns to normal. I've got a short video with a scene where it is shown: ...
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Nacelles: if two are better than one, then why are three not better than two?

In Star Trek, the vast majority of Starfleet vessels (and prior warp-capable Earth vessels) are equipped with two warp nacelles. Those very familiar with the Star Trek universe need no convincing ...
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How was Zefram Cochrane going to make money off of his warp drive?

In Star Trek: First Contact, warp drive inventor Zefram Cochrane explains to Riker, You wanna know what my vision is? Dollar signs — money! I didn't build this ship to usher in a new era for ...
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Was Star Trek’s “Time Warp” ever developed past episode one of the TOS?

I consider myself a Trekkie and I have seen pretty much every episode there is to watch at least once. That was a long time ago, and my memory is hazy but I seem to recall that in the first episode of ...
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Why are there parallel technologies in the Star Trek universe? [duplicate]

Is it ever explained why so many races evolve, technologically speaking, on a nearly parallel course in the Star Trek universe? Obviously their physical and social evolution was far from parallel but ...
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Does the federation have slipstream or transwarp technology in Star Trek: Into Darkness? [duplicate]

I enjoyed the story of into darkness, but some of the events have been nagging at me since I first saw them on screen. I am convinced that the federation has either transwarp or slipstream technology ...
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Success of the transwarp drive on the Excelsior

In The Search for Spock, the new USS Excelsior is equipped with a "transwarp" drive. The usage of "transwarp" is different here than in Voyager, as explained in What is the difference between "...
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Why did the Enterprise drop out of warp before reaching Bersallis III?

In the middle of TNG : Lessons, the crew of the Enterprise-D is flying on a rescue mission toward Bersallis III, to save a Federation outpost from an impending fire-storm. Upon reaching Bersallis III’...
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Could the Quadros 1 probe have been launched in 2193?

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Emissary" establishes the existence of the Quadros-1 probe, which surveyed the Gamma Quadrant. Apparently it encountered the Idran system, close to the Gamma ...
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How far would a ship travel during 123 days at warp 9.5?

If a ship travels at warp 9.5 (TNG-era warp scale) and encounters no resistance or gravitational affects that change its velocity, and assuming infinite fuel is available, how far does it travel in ...
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Does warp travel happen in the 4th dimension of euclidean space? [duplicate]

The first time someone explained the fourth dimension to me (referring to four dimentional euclidean space-not spacetime) they drew a picture of a tesseract and used the analogy of starships traveling ...
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Did Neelix ever take/steal warp plasma from Voyager?

In season 3 episode 13 (Fair Trade) of Voyager, does Neelix ever actually take warp plasma from voyager? From watching the episode, I understand that he "couldn't" and was given low-quality warp ...
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the maximum warp speed [duplicate]

In voyager s2e15 "Threshold" we get the information that maximum speed is warp 9.999 and if a vessel gets to warp 10 would be beyond time and space and probably exists in multiple places and points at ...
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Warp entry visual effect

This is a real-world question about the inspiration behind a visual effect. In the Star Trek: TNG series, several episodes depict a view out the windows of Enterprise D's Ten Forward as the ship ...
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What is transformational relativity (Star Trek)?

In the Star Trek (TNG) Technical Manual, in the warp drive sections it mentions transformational relativity that goes along with general and special relativity. Is their any other information or ...
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How long did it take to get to Earth in First Contact?

In First Contact the Enterprise is sent to patrol the Neutral Zone "in case the Romulans attempt to take advantage of the situation..." However upon hearing the start of the battle with the Borg they ...
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What did Cochrane invent?

Yes, I know: Warp drive. I know, he came up with warp-theory, but you don't "invent" a theory you "develop" it or "propose" it. So what did he invent? What was the technology that he could build upon ...
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Did Zefram Cochrane invent the warp drive that is used by all races?

In Star Trek First Contact, the Vulcan's visit Earth after picking up the signature of the newly invented warp drive. Did Vulcan's already have warp capabilities? If no, how did they get to Earth so ...
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Remember a Novel with Antigravity Metal and Warping Space?

I read a novel a few years ago that had the following aspects in it: Protagonist invented a metal that repelled gravity. Used the metal, attached to the fan blade of an IC engine to run the engine ...
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What happened to the modifications to the Enterprise made by the Kelvans?

In the TOS Episode By Any Other Name, the Kelvans make enhancements to the Enterprise, allowing it to travel at far greater speeds than it normally could (it passed warp 11 from memory). I was ...
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Could a Warp Drive distort a planet or star? [closed]

Warp drives are supposed to be devices that alter the shape of space to facilitate very quick travel of very large distances. Now what happens if you take this fantastical potentially legitimately ...
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How is antimatter produced?

In Star Trek, the fundamental concept of warp drive requires anti-matter and matter combinations to produce the needed energy. Yet, despite this importance, I haven't come across any reference to how ...
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Does the deflector dish pose a danger to inhabited worlds?

Now the purpose of the deflector dish on a starship is to push aside debris and objects in the ships path so that when the ship is moving it doesn't plow through this debris and destroy the ship. ...
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Do we ever see what an engine room looks like without its warp core?

Warp cores are a frequent plot device in Star Trek, as well we all know. This question has a list of ejection events and a nice picture of what appears to be a warp core coming out of Voyager. ...
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When a ship drops out of warp does it retain the speed it was at when it entered warp?

Within the Trek Universe, if a Starship was to enter warp while at full impulse, would it still be at full impulse when it dropped out of warp? In the same vein; Is it even possible to enter warp ...
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Star trek shields

Why do they need shields in star trek? Doesn't the warp drive work by warping space around the ship? Wouldn't that mean any phaser or torpedos would have to follow the warped space-time around the ...
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Why aren't Federation ships built with two warp cores?

Earthlings in the 20th century learned the value of putting multiple engines on aircraft: that way, if one fails, you can keep flying. But in the Star Trek universe, Federation ships like the ...
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Is a warp drive faster than a hyperdrive? [closed]

What's faster: a warp drive from Star Trek, or a hyperdrive from Star Wars?
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How fast can impulse drive propel a ship?

Impulse drive, how fast is it? Throughout star trek we see various ships travelling at fractions of 'Impulse drive'. An impulse is a unit of force and thus converting to speed is difficult. Here ...
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Does jumping to warp speed require the use of inertial dampeners? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are inertial dampeners a requirement for going to warp speed? Inertial dampeners are used on Star Trek to prevent starship occupants from experiencing inertial effects of ...
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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 such as a) another ship of a similar ...
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Small ship warp into Borg Cube

According to Wolf-359 incident, 39 starships destroyed 11,000 killed or assimilated. Why didnt one of the smaller ships warp into that one borg-cube? Doesnt warping into it destroy anything? Even if ...
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Does warp drive permit safe, near- or above- lightspeed travel through atmospheres?

As XKCD recently educated some of us in a "What If" blog post, playing (near) light-speed baseball on a planet with an atmosphere is generally a bad idea. The TL;DR version translates to: A baseball ...
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Do ships at warp experience time dilation?

From the Gene Roddenberry quote in this answer: 'In answering these questions, I came up with the statement that "this time system adjusts for shifts in relative time which occur due to the vessel'...
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Is the Principle of Apparition Theoretically Similar to the Alcubierre Drive (Warp)?

Apparition seems to be a very quick process, through which a witch or wizard moves almost instantaneously from one place to another. Could Apparition be related to the Alcubierre metric or would this ...
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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 ...