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A warp core is the main energy reactor that provides power for a starship's warp drive, allowing it to travel at warp speeds.

The Federation utilised deuterium and antideuterium in a dilithium maxtrix as part of an matter/antimatter reaction assembly (M/ARA).

Due to the massive amounts of energy that can be created by a warp core there are strict safety requirements regarding their operation. In Starfleet vessel the warp core was usually found in the secondary hull, away from other crucial areas such as the bridge, computer core and crew quarters. Some vessels also had a system to eject the core from the ship in case of an emergency. This was due to the fact that a warp core breach could produce enough energy to destroy the entire vessel.

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