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In the Star Trek universe, the impulse drive is the method of propulsion that starships and other spacecraft use when they are travelling below the speed of light.

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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 are ...
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Was relativistic time dilation ever a plot point in Star Trek?

It established that time dilation doesn't affect ships at warp. (Do ships at warp experience time dilation?) And in this answer to this question Why is getting back to the future always such a ...
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Can warp drive be used to travel at sublight speeds?

The answer and discussion around this question Can warp drive allow for light speed? make me wonder about the following: Warp drive works by warping space so that the ship need not "travel faster ...
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Why don't Star Trek vessels experience time dilation while travelling at impulse speeds

This may be a little complicated but I will try to keep it simple Einstein's laws of Special relativity says that the closer you get to light speed the more of a time dilation effect you get. So if ...
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