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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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How does Picard choose a warp speed?

How does Picard, or anyone for that matter, decide at what warp speed to travel? Obviously there are times when they need to get somewhere in a hurry and he says, warp 9 or maximum warp, but the rest ...
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Why aren't Federation ships built with two warp cores?

20th century humans learned the value of redundant engines on aircraft. If one fails, you can keep flying. But in the Star Trek universe, Federation ships like the Enterprise have only one warp core....
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Why did the Star Trek writers decide Warp 10 would be infinite?

From Star Trek: The Next Generation onward, warp speed has a basically cubic scale from warps 1 - 9. But then, close to warp 10, it suddenly develops its own puzzling scale, as can be seen in this ...
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What is the difference between "Warp" and "Transwarp"?

In Star Trek III, Kirk takes the Enterprise out on a little "joyride", with the U.S.S. Excelsior in hot pursuit (initially). The audience learns that the Excelsior is equipped with "trans-warp drive". ...
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How could the saucer section of the Enterprise sustain warp velocity without a warp engine?

In the first TNG episode the saucer section is separated at warp speed. But how is that possible? Memory Alpha says that the saucer section quickly loses speed, but wouldn't it just drop out of warp ...
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Which race in Star Trek universe was the first to invent Warp technology?

Humans look like late member of Warp Drive community. Klingons were capable of interstellar travel from the time of Kahless. Vulcans were in contact with Andorians from ancient times (ST: Enterprise). ...
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How does Slip Stream travel relate to Warp?

In Voyager, the crew briefly enter "slip stream" travel in two episodes, with the second removing 10 years off their voyage home. How does slip stream compare to, say warp 9?
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How could Enterprise remain at warp after ejecting its cores in Star Trek (2009)

In the 2009 film, How did the Enterprise maintain warp despite having ejected its cores?
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Are inertial dampeners a requirement for going to warp speed?

Inertial dampeners are used on Star Trek to prevent starship occupants from experiencing inertial effects of the ship. Clearly, for a ship to accelerate at a very high rate via impulse drive, the ...
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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 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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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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Warp 13... Was this overlooked?

In the final episode of TNG (All Good Things) Captain Beverly Picard,and Admiral Riker both travel at Warp 13, but in Voyager the warp limit is warp 10. In VOY: Threshold Tom Paris breaks warp 10 and ...
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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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What would be the effects of warp collisions?

Triggered by a recent question I was wondering what actually would happen to a ship (e.g. the Enterprise-D NCC-1701) that collides with a stationary object such as a) another ship of a similar ...
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When a ship drops out of warp does it retain the speed it was at when it entered warp?

Within the Trek Universe, if a Starship was to enter warp while at full impulse, would it still be at full impulse when it dropped out of warp? In the same vein; Is it even possible to enter warp ...
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Could a ship warp into Borg cube and destroy it?

During the Wolf-359 incident, 39 starships were destroyed, and 11,000 people were killed or assimilated. Why didn’t one of the smaller ships warp into that one Borg cube? Doesn’t warping into it ...
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Do ships at warp experience time dilation?

From the Gene Roddenberry quote in this answer: 'In answering these questions, I came up with the statement that "this time system adjusts for shifts in relative time which occur due to the vessel'...
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When did dilithium crystals become so important for starships?

Every Star Trek fan knows that dilithium crystals help power the Enterprise (at least Kirk's Enterprise and later), but at what point did they become necessary or widely used in the Star Trek history? ...
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Does warp drive permit safe, near- or above- lightspeed travel through atmospheres?

As XKCD recently educated some of us in a "What If" blog post, playing (near) light-speed baseball on a planet with an atmosphere is generally a bad idea. The TL;DR version translates to: A baseball ...
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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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How can warp drives damage space when the galaxy is moving through space?

In the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode Force of Nature, we find that warp drive damages space and that one area of space is more unstable than others. But not only are all galaxies rushing out ...
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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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Do we ever see what an engine room looks like without its warp core?

Warp cores are a frequent plot device in Star Trek, as well we all know. This question has a list of ejection events and a nice picture of what appears to be a warp core coming out of Voyager. ...
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How far would a ship travel during 123 days at warp 9.5?

If a ship travels at warp 9.5 (TNG-era warp scale) and encounters no resistance or gravitational affects that change its velocity, and assuming infinite fuel is available, how far does it travel in ...
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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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Are escape pods capable of warp?

In Voyager's Year of Hell, Part I, Chakotay suggests abandoning a very damaged Voyager and, using shuttles and escape pods, rendezvousing on the other side of Krenim space. Assuming Krenim space is ...
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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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In Star Trek (2009), how did the warp-capable Enterprise get trapped by the gravity of a black hole?

In the last scene of Star Trek (2009), the Enterprise got trapped in the gravitational field of a black hole. Light can't escape a black hole if it's inside the event horizon. The Enterprise was ...
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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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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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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 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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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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What is the story behind the Warp Gates in Cowboy Bebop?

Was it ever explained who built the various gates in Cowboy Bebop? What companies, what are their construction, how many are there, how far do they reach, and how do they function? What are the ...
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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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How long did it take to get to Earth in First Contact?

In First Contact the Enterprise is sent to patrol the Neutral Zone "in case the Romulans attempt to take advantage of the situation..." However upon hearing the start of the battle with the Borg they ...
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Does the deflector dish pose a danger to inhabited worlds?

Now the purpose of the deflector dish on a starship is to push aside debris and objects in the ships path so that when the ship is moving it doesn't plow through this debris and destroy the ship. ...
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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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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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Did Zefram Cochrane invent the warp drive that is used by all races?

In Star Trek First Contact, the Vulcans visit Earth after picking up the signature of the newly invented warp drive. Did Vulcans already have warp capabilities? If not, how did they get to Earth so ...
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Has Starfleet improved interstellar travel?

This question Why didn’t Voyager fly to the end of the Bajoran wormhole in the gamma quadrant? got me thinking about Starfleet and what their current warp travel tech etc is at. Granted there have ...
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Warp entry visual effect

This is a real-world question about the inspiration behind a visual effect. In the Star Trek: TNG series, several episodes depict a view out the windows of Enterprise D's Ten Forward as the ship ...
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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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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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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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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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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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In Star Trek TNG, why don't they always go at warp 9? [duplicate]

I have noticed that the Enterprise very often travels at speeds like warp 2, 3, 5, and so on. This is especially true in the early seasons. It almost seems that the warp speed they choose to travel ...
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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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