Warp Travel Times

The time differences between real space and warpspace are quite drastic. Not only does time pass at different rates in both kinds of space, but it also passes at very variable rates. Until a ship finishes its jump, it is impossible for a ship's crew to know exactly how long their journey has taken. Time passing in real space is referred to as Prime time. Time passing on board a spacecraft is referred to as warp time. The relationship between real time and warp time is shown on the chart below.

Light Years Min Warp Time Max Warp Time Min Prime Time Max Prime Time
1 2 min 6 min 43 min 4.5 hrs
5 7 min 30 min 3.5 hrs 1 day
10 14 min 1 hr 7 hrs 2 days
50 1.25 hrs 4.75 hrs 1.5 days 9 days
100 2.5 hrs 9.5 hrs 3 days 3 weeks
500 12 hrs 2 days 2 weeks 3 months
1000 1 day 4 days 1 month 6 months
5000 5 days 3 weeks 5 months 3 years

So, for example, a 100 light year jump will seem to take from 2.5 to 9.5 hours to a spaceship's crew, but between 3 days and 3 weeks will have passed in real space. These times do not include journey times out to and from jump points on the edge of the star systems. It takes from days to weeks of travel at sub-light speeds to reach a drop from the spaceship's starting planet, and a similar time to re-enter the destination system.

The Imperium is approximately 75 thousand light years from edge to edge. A journey of this length would take between 75 and 300 days in warp time, and between 6 years and 40 years prime time.

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