Warp refers to both the unit of measurement used for faster-than-light travel and the most common technology used to achieve such speeds.

Warp DriveEdit

The most common form of faster-than-light travel used by advanced races, warp drive generates a subspace bubble around the vessel it is propelling, distorting the fabric of space/time around the vessel and propelling it at superluminal velocities.

Warp 20 is considered the threshold of warp drive, as the increase in speed relative to the increase in power after this point is negligible. Thankfully, this barrier can be overcome by other forms of propulsion, most notably Quantum Slipstream drives.

Warp SpeedEdit

The traditional unit of measurement for faster-than-light travel is the time warp factor, usually abbreviated simply as "warp". The scale is based upon the amount of speed that can be achieved by a successive doubling of power consumption. Warp 20 is considered to be a threshold of traditional warp drive, as after Warp 11, the successive increases in power yield diminishing increases in speed; the difference in speed between Warp 10 and Warp 11 is 1,200 times the speed-of-light, or a 60% increase, whereas the increase between Warp 19 and Warp 20 is no more than the increase between Warp 1 and Warp 2, i.e. only seven times the speed-of-light, or a mere .001% increase. Beyond that speed, there is little point in attempting to build more powerful engines for nearly infinitesimal gains.

Warp Table
Warp Factor Times Speed-of-Light
Warp 1 1.000
Warp 2 8.000
Warp 3 18.000
Warp 4 32.000
Warp 5 62.000
Warp 6 118.000
Warp 7 268.000
Warp 8 548.000
Warp 9 1148.000
Warp 10 1988.000
Warp 11 3188.000
Warp 12 4028.000
Warp 13 4628.000
Warp 14 4908.000
Warp 15 5058.000
Warp 16 5114.000
Warp 17 5144.000
Warp 18 5158.000
Warp 19 5168.000
Warp 20 5175.000

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