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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 enveloped the starship, distorting the local spacetime continuum and moving the starship at velocities that could greatly exceed the speed of light. These velocities were referred to as warp factors.

Technology

Warp engines were fueled by the reaction of matter and antimatter, mediated through an assembly of dilithium crystals, which were nonreactive with antimatter when subjected to high-frequency electromagnetic fields. This reaction produced a highly energetic plasma, called electro-plasma or warp plasma, which was channeled by plasma conduits through the electro-plasma system (EPS). The electro-plasma was funneled by plasma injectors into a series of warp field coils, usually located in remote warp nacelles. These coils were composed of verterium cortenide and generated the warp field.

Warp Factors

The following is a list of warp factor values that have been given a relativistic speed equivalent. Average speeds are typically calculated from given values for travel time and distance. Some figures were depicted in charts and others given as statements in dialogue.

Warp factor Average speed (×c) Distance traveled Travel time
.5 0.304 - 0.496 ~3.95 - 6.45 au 1.8 hours
1 1 depicted in warp factor chart n/a
2 8 depicted in warp factor chart n/a
3 27 depicted in warp factor chart n/a
3 39 0.102 light years 23 hours
3 487 4 light years 3 days
4 75,000 light-years ~700 years
4.4 100 30,000,000 km 1 second
4.5 83 59.86 au 6 minutes
5 200 50 light years ~3 months
6+ 0.02 10,000 kilometer intervals as a approached ~2 seconds per interval
6.9 2117 11.6 light years 2 days
7 4,000,000-10,000,000 0.6 light-years 2-5 seconds
7.3 2,500 30 billion kilometers ~40 seconds
8.4 765,000 990.7 light years 11.337 hours
9 834 approximately 300 billion kilometers (0.032 light years) ~20 minutes
9 ~10 light years 51 hours
9.9 21,473 about 4 billion miles (0.0007 light years) 1 second
9.975 1,000 75,000 light-years 75 years
9.975 33.33 10 million kilometers ~1 second
9.975 1,554 - 1,721 132 light years 1 month
9.975 2,922 40 light years 5 days
10 0
n/a 2 light years 2 hours
n/a 10 light years 3 weeks
n/a ~15 light years 2 days
n/a 9000 2.7 million light years 300 years
n/a 8,300 2.5 million light years 300 years