For information relating to the warp drive in Star Trek canon, see warp drive. For more information relating to the warp drive in Star Trek fanon, see warp drive.

A warp drive was the system installed in starships allowing faster-than-light travel. The warp core generated warp plasma through a matter / antimatter reaction in its core, and that plasma journeyed from the core to the warp coils in the warp nacelles through warp plasma conduits. The warp coils created warp fields and a subspace bubble to surround the starship. This bubble distorted the spacetime continuum and allowed the starship to travel faster than the speed of light.

Warp speeds were measured by warp factors.

Starships in and associated with the Defiant-class family, including the Peacekeeper-class and Determination-class, used class 7 warp drives or variants thereof. (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: "Valiant"; Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Howl")

Starfleet scientists had worked on systems to replace and surpass the standard warp drive. This included the failed coaxial warp drive experiments by Drs. Xavier and Maria Fernandes aboard the USS Auckland and the folded space drive by Drs. Henrik and Samantha Delaney aboard Starbase Expanse 12 and the USS Rutherford. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Salvation", "An Innocent Time"; Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles: "Directive")

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