In Battlestar Galactica - The Plan movie, we see Cylon basestars appear around Caprica using FTL and they start positioning themselves for the nuclear attack:

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How do the Cylon basestars propel themselves when not moving at FTL speeds. I was not able to spot any nozzle or electric propulsion system unlike Galactica. So how do they move?

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There is no on screen or behind the scenes answer to this question. Much of the base star tech is unknown.


ITs probably a reactionless form of propulsion using gravity fields to push and pull the basestar around. It would negate the need for fuel in engines like the Battlestars use.

  • They would still need fuel for energy, just not for reaction mass.
    – Gaius
    May 5, 2015 at 11:37

The Wikipedia entry for cylon base stars has the following snippet about cylon base stars:

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This snippet does; however, only refer to the 1978 version of the show. The 2004 battlestar galactica page mentions nothing as to the propulsion on the basestars. The only assumptions we can make is that the propulsion systems are the same on both of the ships, regardless of the fact that no in canon information presents itself.

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