Warp Five Program

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Warp Five Program

The Warp Five program was the name given to a research and development project commissioned by UESPA to develop a warp five engine for Starfleet.  Before the program began, Human ships were limited to a speed just under warp 2. Doctor Zefram Cochrane and Doctor Henry Archer were two of the main scientists involved in the project; they did much of their work at the Warp Five Complex on Earth.  The project was immediately succeeded by the NX program, to develop prototype ships with a working warp five engine.



Warp Five Complex

Through the hard work and petitioning of Archer and Cochrane, the Warp 5 Complex was opened on Earth in 2119, just a few weeks before Cochrane’s disappearance (ENT novelization: “Broken Bow”).


It was located just outside Bozeman, Montana (“Singularity, ENT”).


Dr. Henry Archer and Dr. Cochrane at the dedication ceremony; Cochrane makes what would come to be an historic speech:

“On this site, a powerful engine will be built... an engine that will someday help us to travel a hundred times faster than we can today. Imagine it: thousands of inhabited planets at our fingertips. And we'll be able to explore those strange new worlds... and seek out new life and new civilizations. This engine will let us go boldly... where no man has gone before.”

The terminology and phrases Cochrane coined in this speech would be used in Starfleet for centuries to come. The speech would be revisited upon the launch of Enterprise, the first starship to benefit from the Warp Five engine (“Broken Bow, ENT”).



Warp Five Engine

The warp five engine was the result of many decades of research and development into making faster starships.


The NX class was the first Earth starship to utilize the warp five engine.  Unfortunately, by the time his engine was finally used, Henry Archer had died of Clarke’s Disease. However, his son, Jonathan Archer, captained the first NX-class starship, the Enterprise (“Broken Bow, ENT”).


~ by startreklives on August 2, 2008.

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