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 the shuttle was not protected by the shield, it would not enter into FTL with Destiny and would be vaporized.

In the same episode, it is also mentioned that there was an alien ship attached to Destiny. Why was this ship not destroyed when Destiny entered into FTL?

Destiny ship

Alien ship detaching from Destiny (Source)

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With the clamps engaged, the shuttle is in physical contact with Destiny, and therefore shielded/ pulled into FTL with Destiny.

Whatever mechanism the alien ship used to attach itself with destiny presumably employed some form of physical contact as well, giving the same benefits as the clamps.


@SingularityCo gives a good explanation, but let me offer one alternate:

The alien ship had its own shields which facilitate safe FTL travel.

  • That raises another question, which is: does one simply need to be shielded, or to be in the same shield... Mar 20, 2012 at 19:47
  • @SingularityCo I think the shielding protects from the hazards of FTL in general, hence the alien ship was able to continue at FTL for some time after separation.
    – Iszi
    Mar 20, 2012 at 19:49

The alien ship was earlier referred to as a "sub-space tracking device" by Dr Rush. We can assume then that whatever technology the aliens are using, it is produced with the specific purpose to stay attached to ships when they jump into FTL.

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