I'm a big fan of the Metroid prime games. I was reading about the technology in that universe and found I couldn't find anything on how they achieve faster than light travel. Is there anything saying or even hinting on the method in the games or mangas that I just haven't found?

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    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 29, 2023 at 14:47

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The official manga and comics are very terse on the subject of space travel (and the translation provided is shaky at best) but we do learn that ships...




(which apparently exists outside of our normal three dimensions), in order to travel between star systems and even extra-galactically on occasion.

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This transit isn't instantaneous, and different ships travel at differing speeds. Federation 'recon' ships are evidently substantially faster than those from less-developed races.

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Ships tend to have large engines that emit a bright plume when in motion, but it's not clear whether this is involved in FTL travel, or just intrasystem travel (e.g. after FTL travel has concluded).

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Apparently a particular substance, referred to as Afloraltite, is involved in space travel and used extensively by Federation 'caravans' carrying food and other goods around the member planets. This presumably is a fuel source since it needs to be renewed constantly. There's no indication of whether this substance is needed for FTL travel.

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We also have a diagram of Samus' ship from the Captain Nintendo comics. These show that her ship has separate drive systems for atmospheric, sublight, and hyperspace flight.

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    Thanks, that's a lot more than I've been able to find.
    – Aaron Abel
    Commented Sep 29, 2023 at 17:52
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    @AaronAbel - I'm just having a look at some of the comics now. They don't really go into any detail. The wiki mentions a prototype ship "jumping" to another galaxy. I'm trying to track that one down
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 29, 2023 at 17:53
  • An "engine room"; static.wikia.nocookie.net/metroid/images/c/ce/Engineroom.jpg/…
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 29, 2023 at 18:59

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