How fast is warp speed?

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In the year 2063 humanity broke the warp barrier when Zefram Cochrane launched the “Phoenix” and flew at the speed of light. Since that time Earth, and later the Federation, continued to develop faster warp engines. By the late 24th Century, a few starships were able to travel at speeds matching 9.999, allowing Starfleet to explore even further into the unknown.

This section gives a general guideline on warp speed conversion as offered in the Star Trek Starfleet Technical Manual.

Speedx speed of lightkilometre per hour
(km/h, kph)
miles per hour
(mi/h, mph)
standard orbit0.0000110,792.5284886,706.16629384
impulse0.25269,813,212.2167,654,157.346
111,079,252,848.8
670,616,629.384
288,634,022,790.4
5,364,933,035.08
32729,139,826,917.6
18,106,648,993.4
46469,072,182,323.2
42,919,464,280.6
5125134,906,606,10083,827,078,673
6216233,118,615,341144,853,191,947
7343370,183,727,138230,021,503,879
8512552,577,458,586343,355,714,245
9729786,775,326,775488,879,522,821
1010001,079,252,848,800670,616,629,384

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4 thoughts on “How fast is warp speed?”

  1. Nice chart. More readily understandable for those without a thorough education in physics or mathematics. I also like the reference to the Star Fleet technical manual. However, I would probably choose to represent, as is “normally” the case) velocity in miles per second. (mos), instead of (or at least along with) miles per hour (mph). But the mph is fun to see.

    1. Thanks for the praise, Jeff!

      I settled on using mph so it’s easier for the common folk to compare speeds with the Ludicrous Mode of their Tesla’s 😀

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