Warp drive was the most common from of technology that allowed for faster-than-light speeds. The warp drive was able to create a warp field around the ship encompassing it in a subspace bubble allowing the starship to exceed the speed of light. These velocities are referred to as warp factors.

The development of warp drive was a significant step in a culture's technological development. The United Federation of Planets's prime directive forbids contact with species that had yet to develop this technology, known as pre-warp civilisations.[1]

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