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Hyperspace refers to a parallel realm, outside our own, commonly used to travel through space at great speed from one point of space to another point of space. Hyperspace may also refer to a region of space where other lifeforms exist.

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Is it possible to change destination coordinates in the middle of a hyperspace jump?

As seen in "Bad Batch" Se2Ep13 "Pabu", the Clone Force 99 are on hyperspace jump and Gee Phenoa gives them a new set of coordinates and they go "on the fly". I've always ...
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Are there any Star Wars Canon usage of 'Hyperdrive Radio' prior to Rogue One?

In the Star Wars movie Rogue One, we see the Rebels communicating over the radio whilst at Light-speed. I don't recall seeing this in other Star Wars movies. (They pop out of Hyperdrive - and the ...
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Short story about humans inventing hyperspace travel

I'm trying to find a story I remember about humans inventing hyperspace travel. I think it was written by Isaac Asimov, but it's not Escape!. It follows a government(?) project over years as it tries ...
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Have the rules on hyperspace changed in canon now?

In Star Wars - hyperspace travel has some limitations. For one, you can't get to close to a gravitational body. We see this in Ep IV - the Falcon must lift off on repulsorlifts and travel at sublight ...
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Sci-fi novel about guard that watches over hyperspace that is a "tube" in another dimension

I'm sorry, but I have no idea when I read it. It could be 10-20 years ago. I also have no idea where I read it, thought it was probably an e-book collection called "Polaris Sci-fi CD library"...
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Searching for sci-fi short story relating to space pilots and autism

I remember reading an amazing short story/novella (at least 15+ years ago) that focused on a universe where it has been discovered that the vastness of space drives the pilots of spaceships insane ...
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Mando's Mandatory Meandering?

In the Star Wars universe, ships freely enter and depart hyperspace in the vicinity of planets. But in The Mandalorian season 3 opener, Chapter 17: The Apostate Mando decides to Why did Mando do ...
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Where do the Hyperspace Routes in Star Wars Come From

Where did the Hyperspace Routes in the Star Wars universe originate from in the first place, Also is there only one route on and off a planet? Or can a world have multiple Hyperspace routes?
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Is this is the only instance in Star Wars of two craft docking while in hyperspace?

In the season 1 finale of Rebels, Fire Across the Galaxy, the Imperial Gozanti-class cruiser stolen by the Spectres is seen docked with the Ghost in hyperspace, while in formation with the Rebel ...
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What is the earliest usage of the “Lightspeed” animation and why is it used so heavily?

I’ve seen many, many SciFi TV shows and movies over the years, and one of the most enduring motifs is the usage of “lightspeed” or “warp speed” in spacecraft. The standard animation technique used ...
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Why does 4D navigation work like this?

At one point in Cixin Liu's novel "Death's End", humans enter a bubble of four-dimensional space. The author explains that, as their equipment is only designed for three dimensions, they are ...
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What is hyperspace in Star Wars?

Is it teleportation, making a wormhole, or something else? Does it always exist and people just go into it, or does someone create it for themselves when they jump? Does it manipulate time?
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Golden Age SF short story about first contact, and a different kind of hyperspace

I've been trying to find a certain "golden age" short sci-fi story for days and it's driving me crazy. Here's what I can remember: first contact with humans and an alien scoutship from a galactic ...
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Star Wars Battle Tactics and Hyperspace

In most Star Wars battles, the ships shoot lasers at each other. In Rogue One and RotJ, however, ships physically colliding with other ships won battles. In Rogue One, a capital ship collided with ...
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In-universe, is there consistent science behind hyperspace travel?

It feels like the properties of hyperspace and hyperspace travel change depending on what's required to generate the most tension in the plot, but I'm wondering if there's any in-universe explanation ...
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What explanation did Kitz and company have for the detached chair after Ellie came back to the ground?

Contact 1997 movie spoiler warning During her spaceflight, Ellie's chair detached while flying through the third Einstein-Rosen Bridge. Michael Kitz and company assumed Ellie to be a liar and that she ...
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Is a warp drive faster than a hyperdrive? [duplicate]

What's faster: a warp drive from Star Trek, or a hyperdrive from Star Wars?
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What happens if two ships come out of hyperspace at the exact same time and place?

When ships come out of hyperspace, it looks like they just "blipped" out of nowhere. I know it's not very likely, but what happens if two ships accidentally come out of hyperspace at the same place ...
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Is the hyper drive a plot hole? [duplicate]

In The Last Jedi, Vice-Admiral Holdo kamakazis' her cruiser by jumping it to hyperspace through the enemy fleet, destroying it in the process. This seems like an enormous plot hole. Why don't the ...
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Looking for 80's scifi comic about astronaut looking for Earth in ancient alien spaceship

I have been looking for a long while for the name of an 80's comic/graphic novel of which I once read a short section as a child. What I can remember is this: The story is about an astronaut who tries ...
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Which science fiction universe holds the title of furthest distance travelled in one voyage?

I'm curious as to which work of science fiction can lay claim to furthest distance travelled in one trip by non-Wormhole, non-space shortening, non-teleportation means. So stuff like Q or the ...
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Would the Millennium Falcon have been carried along on the hyperspace jump if it stayed attached to the Star Destroyer?

In The Empire Strikes Back, the Millennium Falcon hides on the back of a Star Destroyer. It then escapes by hiding in a garbage dump before the Star Destroyer jumps to hyperspace. If the Millennium ...
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Why would travelling hyperspace kill Frog Lady's eggs?

In S02E02 the Mandalorian gives a ride to a Frog Lady. However they have to travel at sub-light speed, because apparently, travelling at hyperspeed would kill her eggs. It is not explained further and ...
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Seeking magazine short story c. 1950-1965 about man entering region of artificially distorted space on spaceship and deforming whilst in it

I'd like to find a short story from one of the SF magazines — possibly Astounding/Analog— probably before 1965. I saw it a few years ago while flicking through second-hand magazines in a ...
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Does ship shape affect Hyperdrive class?

Most fast ships in the Star Wars universe have very aerodynamic shapes. There seems to be a direct correlation between how sleek a ship looks, and its Hyperdrive class. Some examples: First Death ...
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Could you destroy the Death Star by having a ship come out of hyperspace in the middle of it?

So the Death Star is huge, right? Would it be possible to coordinate a hyperdrive to come out of hyperspace in the middle of the Death Star? Maybe a small ship wouldn't be enough to destroy it, but ...
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Looking for a short SF story about two ultra-fast ships flying around the entire universe

I'm trying to find a story I read maybe fifteen or twenty years ago. The story itself might be much older, of course: it had a 1950's - 60's 'golden age of hard SF' feel to it. As I remember it, ...
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Would the Death Star split in half if an hyperspace jump failed?

In Legends, it was theorized that the Death Star had: One hundred twenty-three individual hyperspace generators, tied into a single navigational matrix (...) And these: were necessary to carry ...
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In hyperspace, what exactly is "jumping directly between points"?

The Wookieepedia article on hyperspace states (emphasis mine): By entering hyperspace, a starship could take advantage of the wrinkles in the fabric of realspace to reduce journey time ...
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Why didn't the Resistance's support ships jump to hyperspace?

It was implied that only one of the First Order ships has the capability to follow through hyperspace, so the First Order would obviously follow the large Mon Calamari Cruiser. Why then didn't the ...
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Science Fiction book where an experimental ship with a 2 navigator hyperspace system leaves the crew dead

Trying to find the title of a book I believe I read in the '70s. The plot involves around a hyperspace navigator that interfaces directly with the ship from a jump chair. Normal navigation was done ...
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Energy globes flatten everything, turn out be be warp bubbles of starships from another dimension

I read this in the early '70s - I'm not sure if it was in a proper anthology, or just an extra story added in to pad out a short novel to proper paperback size. Set in England (so probably a British ...
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A novel involving philosophy and hyperspace, ca. pre-1990

I am trying to remember the title of a novel with the following plot points: A spacecraft is sent via supposedly instantaneous travel to a distant system, but they return 1,000 or 2,000 years later (...
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In-system Space flight mechanics in the Union/Alliance universe

I am having trouble understanding the in-system space flight mechanics in the Union/Alliance universe. It seems that the spaceships come from Jump at a moderate high fraction of lightspeed, which ...
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How do you go from Naboo to Tatooine without the hyperdrive?

According to Star Wars wiki, the two planets are in different star systems. How did Queen Amidala and the two Jedi get to Tatooine with a broken hyperdrive? Wouldn't that take thousands of years at ...
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Can the Empire track their own ships?

The Galactic Empire (Star Wars) has tracked the rebels some times using the exit vector of their ships jumping into hyperspace. But was the Empire able to track their own ships location for example ...
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How did the Millennium Falcon get from Hoth to Bespin without hyperdrive?

How did the Millennium Falcon get from Hoth to Bespin without their hyperdrive? Are these locations so close together? I would think not, because Hoth is in the Hoth Sysem and Bespin is in the Bespin ...
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How were Finn and Rose able to easily return to the fleet?

A thought struck me while reading this question. Spoilers: Given all of that, shouldn't it be simple for a few star destroyers to make a short but safe jump away and then jump back ahead of the ...
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Why didn't the bombers drop out of hyperspace closer to the Dreadnought?

Why didn't the bombers use hyperspace to get closer to the Dreadnought before starting their attack run? The slow approach caused the majority of the fleet to be destroyed. As we saw later in the ...
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How strong is too strong for gravity wells and hyperspace?

Maybe I'm just too critical as an astrophysicist, but I'm wondering if there's any official canon regarding how strong is too strong of a "gravity well" for safely jumping to hyperspace in Star Wars? ...
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Star Wars universally accepted "up"

One thing I've noticed in Star Wars is that all spaceships always seem to acknowledge a universal "up," in that when two ships come out of hyperspace they are both the "right" way up, even if they are ...
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Hyperspace and Interdictors

I have a question about how Interdictors work. We have seen ships jump relatively close to a planet which means in order for Interdictors to affect other ships especially at a distance, then they have ...
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Is hyperspace flight actually difficult?

This question and its answers all take as truth a statement by Han Solo, that hyperspace "ain't like dusting crops". Other scenes in A New Hope show that Solo is a bit of a blowhard, inventing ...
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Short story about pilot escaping aggressive aliens

I remember this short(maybe like 10 pages) story from perspective of a pilot, that made first encounter with alien spaceship and got attacked without warning. Pilot was making emergency hyperspace ...
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Why the assumption of a tracking device [duplicate]

In the Last Jedi, the Resistance, correctly assumes that But why did they came to that conclusion, knowing that there is a technology that can signal your position across the entire galaxy? So why ...
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Were these fleets accelerating? [closed]

The following contains spoilers for The Last Jedi Prior to the film's climax, Newton's First Law of Motion is usually stated that as "an object at rest tends to stay at rest and an object in motion ...
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Can ships be tracked and chased through hyperspace?

In Rogue One, At the beginning of A New Hope, we see Vader's ship chasing the Tantive IV, eventually overpowering it. How was Vader able to find the Tantive IV? Presumably through some method of ...
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In the Last Jedi why didn't the First Order fleet just jump in front of the Resistance fleet? [duplicate]

In the Last Jedi, the First Order fleet, commanded by General Hux is... Why didn't Hux just order one or more of the Star Destroyers jump slightly ahead of the Raddus and attack them from multiple ...
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Can capital ships make accurate micro-jumps through Hyperspace without aiming for a gravity well?

For a large portion of The Last Jedi, I've seen a number of suggestions for how the First Order might have better handled this situation, including the idea that they perform a micro-jump through ...
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Is Light-speed a super weapon? [duplicate]

In the Last Jedi, Why has no-one thought of this before? Fit a light-speed drive to a cheap ship, and make your own super missile. You could even fill it with a warhead for added damage. Why is it ...