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Generally used to indicate a medium for faster than light travel, but sometimes used as the act of travelling at such speeds. Made famous by Star Trek - ships travel at warp speed through subspace - but common in many other science-fiction settings to allow rapid transit between the stars. Not to be confused with jump-type faster than light travel.

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Why do (Federation) starships need Bussard collectors in front of their warp nacelles?

Ever since Zephram Cochrane's first human-built warp-capable vessel, the Phoenix, Human ships with warp drives have had Bussard collectors placed in front of their warp nacelles. Why are the Bussard ...
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Is the warp drive used by different races the same technology?

Each advanced race in Star Trek has a faster than light travel technology which the viewer knows as Warp Drive. This answer to a question of when specific races achieved warp shows a ranges of dates ...
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What are the warp nacelle fins for

The Enterprise, both TOS, DIS and Kelvin has 3 fins on the back of its nacelles. On the Kelvin-Enterprise, these actually open when the ship goes to warp, much like the deflector. But while the ...
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Did the Federation ever stop using warp travel?

Several episodes show attempts to improve on warp travel, e.g. the soliton wave. These attempts typically fail, maybe with a "we'll keep working on it and get back to you" ending. With what ...
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Story ID: Oil well fire techniques used against space warp

This was a short story in an anthology. I read it in the 1970s in a hardback copy checked out of a library. At that time, I was reading many SF anthologies, such as the Spectrum series, the various ...
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How was warp 44 achieved in Star Trek: The Animated Series, when warp 10 was impossible in later series? [duplicate]

In the Star Trek: The Animated Series episode, "The Counter-Clock Incident", the Enterprise is on an assignment to facilitate one of the earliest captains of the Enterprise, who'd reached ...
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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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Can TNG-era warp drive be used to travel at sublight speeds?

In Star Trek: The Next Generation and its contemporaneously set sequels (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Voyager), impulse engines are used for moving spacecraft at sublight speeds, whereas ...
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What's the fastest sensor-bearing object the Enterprise-D carries?

I know the Enterprise-D carries all sorts of shuttlecraft. But - what's the fastest a vessel carried by the Enterprise - work-pod, shuttle, Captain's yacht, probes, whatever - which has a meaningful ...
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Is it possible to stand still or fly backwards / sidewards in Warp? [duplicate]

The description of the Warp Drive in Star Trek: Warp drive was a technology that allowed space travel at faster-than-light speeds. It worked by generating warp fields to form a subspace bubble that ...
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What is the real Warp 3 factor in the original series?

Where did Warp 3 in the original series is 27 times the speed of light come from? In the book The Making of Star Trek page 191 it states that Warp Factor 3 is 24 times the speed of light. Which one is ...
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Were lithium crystals ever actually used in warp drives?

In the earliest episodes of the original Star Trek, the Enterprise's warp drives are powered by and/or regulated by "lithium", and a maintenance visit is made to the "lithium cracking ...
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How did Cochrane obtain dilithium for the first warp flight?

In the Star Trek Illustrated Handbook (based on The Official Star Trek Fact Files 1997 - 2002) I read: Following the model established by Zefram Cochrane, Federation vessels' warp engines accomplish ...
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Why do some Federation ships not have deflector dishes?

Most Federation starships have a deflector dish below the saucer section to protect the ship from hitting pebbles at high speeds. But not the Oberth class vessels. Nor the Soyuz class ships. Nor ...
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Is warp factor recalibration also an in universe event? [duplicate]

I’ve always assumed the warp factor recalibration was a result of someone not liking the warp numbers going bigger and bigger and thus limiting the max to 10, therefore the recalibration being an out ...
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What is the maximum length (distance/time) of a single warp journey?

What are the limiting factors on Star Trek warp travels for amount of distance / time in one step? E.g., could the Voyager have travelled the whole distance of 70,000 light years in one time if they ...
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Can the warp drive be run in reverse? [duplicate]

Most modern motorized vehicles are capable of both forward and reverse motion. In the Star Trek universe, can an unmodified warp drive also be used to move backwards? I realize that pretty much ...
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Which of the seeded humanoid species was the first to be warp-capable? [closed]

In Star Trek - TNG S6E20 The Chase, the apparently first humanoid species in the Galaxy from around 4.5 Billion years ago appear, travel the galaxy and spread their genetic material on terraformed ...
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Failed warp core ejections

This answer to this question claims that there are 14 different failed warp core ejections depicted. For the record, although the ejection system is described in detail in the "TNG Technical ...
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Do multiple warp fields stack?

Warp cores use a huge amount of energy to create a warp field, and then a comparatively lesser amount of energy to maintain it. At warp 1, this is 20 gigajoules and 200 megajoules, respectively. Is it ...
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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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Are there any societies that had warp capability and then lost it?

In Star Trek, warp capability is usually presented as a milestone of scientific achievement that then transforms the society, and which continues their scientific growth. Are there any societies that ...
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How did Tom Paris come up with this warp to miles-per-second estimate in The 37s?

UpdateFor the duplicate flag: I am not asking why Voyager would take 75 years to return home, but rather, assuming that is true, I question the accuracy of Tom's statement (below). In Voyager season ...
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In Star Trek Discovery, is it 3 hours warp from Pahvo to Starbase 46 or 12 hours?

In the Star Trek Discovery Episode S1:E9 Into The Forest I Go - Captain Lorca tells the Admiral they are three hours away by warp from Starbase 46. (They are leaving the Pahvo System). Later, when ...
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Could a shuttlecraft warp engine be used on a starship?

Several types of Starfleet shuttlecraft in the Star Trek universe are warp-capable (e.g. see this question). I was thinking about the fact that a starship can be powered by dual, smaller warp cores ...
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Warp speed and collisions [duplicate]

When a star ship is traveling at warp 9.999, how can it quickly maneuver out of the way of planets? Since this is pretty dang fast, how far do sensors have to reach out ahead at that speed to help ...
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Why didn't the Enterprise refit's nacelles glow?

In most every Federation starship design that I can think of, the nacelles have glowing Bussard collectors (red, usually, but blue in the new timeline) with the exception of the TOS-era movie ships. ...
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How did Voyager reach the wreckage so fast going warp 2?

In the Voyager episode Scorpion Part 1 (season 3 finale) our heroes are headed to a destination that is 5.2 light years away. Captain Janeway orders Paris to set a course and move at warp 2. According ...
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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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Canon inconsistency regarding Star Trek warp drive

In the prologue to the ST:TNG episode "Conspiracy", Riker gives the order "Increase to warp six", to which LaForge replies "Aye sir, full impulse". What is going on with these lines of dialog? Was it ...
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What happens when 'spooling' an FTL drive? [closed]

I often hear the term 'spooling' used in connection with preparing various FTL drives for operation in space science fiction; e.g. "spooling FTL drive - prepare for jump" (or warp, etc.) This seems a ...
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What's with "It never occurred to me to think of space as the thing that was moving"?

When I saw Star Trek (2009) I noticed something very weird. There is a scene in the movie where Scotty gets the specs to configure the transporters so that they can beam people between ships during ...
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Was warp technology ever used as a weapon? [duplicate]

In any Star Trek canon, was warp technology ever used to intentionally damage something? According to physics as we know it, the ability to deliver a payload (even a relatively small one) at ...
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Fuel economy and trip planning at warp [duplicate]

Is there any way to calculate how much anti-matter or dilithium I'll need to travel 5 light years at warp 4 (a general equation would be great, but if not the a ballpark estimate)? If different ...
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Why is warp 5 so special? Or is it?

The Enterprise series of Star Trek sees the flight and adventures of Earth's first warp 5 starship. This starship was the result of the "Warp Five program," which is referenced throughout the series (...
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Who got warp drive when and how?

What is the timeline for the acquisition or development of warp drive among the various major species of Star Trek (e.g. Humans, Vulcans, Bajorans, Cardassians, Romulans, Klingons etc.)? If the ...
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Book title pre-1988 about first earth warp-drive ship design

I read a book in 1988/89 about a team building Earth's first warp drive space ship. The protagonist is involved in a crash of an early design and is horribly burnt. Experimental treatments keep him ...
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Why is there a warp barrier at warp 9.1 and not at warp 9.0?

This question is about this plot from the Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual: Reference site worth reading This plot shows energy discontinuities at the integer warp factors warp 1 ...
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Why would the Enterprise travel so slow to rescue a bridge officer? [duplicate]

TNG's Galaxy-class Enterprise-D could theoretically get to warp 9.8 and sustain warp 9.6 yet there are a number of perilous situations where "maximum warp" wasn't used. The one that most recently ...
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Why did warp cores become vertical?

In The Original Series (and Enterprise), Starfleet warp cores are horizontal: Beginning with Star Trek: The Motion Picture and continuing through the films and later television series (e.g. The Next ...
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What's the problem of using warp drive within a solar system? [duplicate]

In Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Kirk says the following: in order to intercept the Intruder at the earliest possible time, we must now risk engaging Warp drive while still within the solar ...
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Why do ships appear to stretch when they jump to warp?

In the TNG opening credits the Enterprise-D stretches for a second when jumping to warp then returns to normal. I've got a short video with a scene where it is shown: ...
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Nacelles: if two are better than one, then why are three not better than two?

In Star Trek, the vast majority of Starfleet vessels (and prior warp-capable Earth vessels) are equipped with two warp nacelles. Those very familiar with the Star Trek universe need no convincing ...
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How was Zefram Cochrane going to make money off of his warp drive?

In Star Trek: First Contact, warp drive inventor Zefram Cochrane explains to Riker, You wanna know what my vision is? Dollar signs — money! I didn't build this ship to usher in a new era for ...
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Was Star Trek’s “Time Warp” ever developed past episode one of the TOS?

I consider myself a Trekkie and I have seen pretty much every episode there is to watch at least once. That was a long time ago, and my memory is hazy but I seem to recall that in the first episode of ...
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Why are there parallel technologies in the Star Trek universe? [duplicate]

Is it ever explained why so many races evolve, technologically speaking, on a nearly parallel course in the Star Trek universe? Obviously their physical and social evolution was far from parallel but ...
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Does the federation have slipstream or transwarp technology in Star Trek: Into Darkness? [duplicate]

I enjoyed the story of into darkness, but some of the events have been nagging at me since I first saw them on screen. I am convinced that the federation has either transwarp or slipstream technology ...
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Success of the transwarp drive on the Excelsior

In The Search for Spock, the new USS Excelsior is equipped with a "transwarp" drive. The usage of "transwarp" is different here than in Voyager, as explained in What is the difference between "...
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Why did the Enterprise drop out of warp before reaching Bersallis III?

In the middle of TNG : Lessons, the crew of the Enterprise-D is flying on a rescue mission toward Bersallis III, to save a Federation outpost from an impending fire-storm. Upon reaching Bersallis III’...
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Could the Quadros 1 probe have been launched in 2193?

The Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Emissary" establishes the existence of the Quadros-1 probe, which surveyed the Gamma Quadrant. Apparently it encountered the Idran system, close to the Gamma ...
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