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The '''speed of light''', also referred to as '''light speed''', or the '''warp threshold''', is the velocity that [[light]] travels in a [[vacuum]]. This constant, usually denoted '''''c''''', is exactly 299,792,458 [[meter]]s/[[second]].
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The '''speed of light''', also referred to as '''light speed''', or the '''warp threshold''', is the velocity that [[light]] travels in a [[vacuum]]. This constant, usually denoted '''''c''''', is exactly 299,792,458 [[meter]]s/[[second]]. The speed of light was equivalent to the speed of [[Warp factor|warp factor 1]]. ({{ENT|First Flight}}, ''display graphic'')
   
 
The ''[[Phoenix]]'', piloted by [[Zefram Cochrane]], was [[Earth]]'s first [[starship|ship]] to be successfully equipped with a '''faster-than-light propulsion''' system. ({{film|8}})
 
The ''[[Phoenix]]'', piloted by [[Zefram Cochrane]], was [[Earth]]'s first [[starship|ship]] to be successfully equipped with a '''faster-than-light propulsion''' system. ({{film|8}})
   
The ability to travel faster than light was considered to be a major technological milestone in a species' development. [[The Federation]] typically subdivided civilizations and cultures on whether they had developed technology to exceed the speed of light. The species that had not yet achieved the level of technology required were placed in the [[pre-warp civilization]] category.
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The ability to travel faster than light was considered to be a major technological milestone in a species' development. [[The Federation]] typically subdivided civilizations and cultures on whether they had developed technology to exceed the speed of light. The species that had not yet achieved the level of technology required were placed in the [[pre-warp civilization]] category. ({{TNG|First Contact}})
   
 
In [[2254]], the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701}} encountered a faked [[distress call]] from {{SS|Columbia}} created by the [[Talosian]]s. The signal was keyed to register on sensors as an unknown object on a collision course which traveled with the speed of light. ({{TOS|The Cage}})
 
In [[2254]], the {{USS|Enterprise|NCC-1701}} encountered a faked [[distress call]] from {{SS|Columbia}} created by the [[Talosian]]s. The signal was keyed to register on sensors as an unknown object on a collision course which traveled with the speed of light. ({{TOS|The Cage}})
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=== Propulsion ===
 
=== Propulsion ===
 
*'''See''' [[Propulsion]]
 
*'''See''' [[Propulsion]]
 
== Background ==
 
According to the ''[[Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual]]'' and ''[[The Making of Star Trek]]'', the speed of light is equivalent to the speed of [[warp factor|warp 1]] on the scales used by [[Starfleet]] in the [[23rd century|23rd]] and [[24th century|24th]] [[century|centuries]].
 
   
 
==External link==
 
==External link==

Revision as of 09:19, July 15, 2012

The speed of light, also referred to as light speed, or the warp threshold, is the velocity that light travels in a vacuum. This constant, usually denoted c, is exactly 299,792,458 meters/second. The speed of light was equivalent to the speed of warp factor 1. (ENT: "First Flight", display graphic)

The Phoenix, piloted by Zefram Cochrane, was Earth's first ship to be successfully equipped with a faster-than-light propulsion system. (Star Trek: First Contact)

The ability to travel faster than light was considered to be a major technological milestone in a species' development. The Federation typically subdivided civilizations and cultures on whether they had developed technology to exceed the speed of light. The species that had not yet achieved the level of technology required were placed in the pre-warp civilization category. (TNG: "First Contact")

In 2254, the USS Enterprise encountered a faked distress call from SS Columbia created by the Talosians. The signal was keyed to register on sensors as an unknown object on a collision course which traveled with the speed of light. (TOS: "The Cage")

Faster-than-light technology

Subspace communications

Propulsion

External link

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