The hyperdrive was a propulsion system that allowed a starship to enter light-speed and traverse the void between stars in the alternate dimension of hyperspace. As consequence, the hyperdrive was a key instrument in shaping galactic society, trade, politics and war.
The hyperdrive functioned by sending hypermatter particles to hurl a ship into hyperspace while preserving the vessels mass/energy profile, and required a functional hyperdrive motivator to do so. The vessel would then travel along a programmed course until it dropped back into normal space—realspace—and arrive at its destination. Large objects in normal space cast 'mass shadows' in hyperspace, thus hyperspace jumps required accurate plotting to avoid collisions, which were often fatal. Later galactic technologies attempted to pull vessels out of hyperspace, with interdiction fields creating gravitational shadows, thus simulating mass in the direction of an oncoming vessel and subsequently yanking them out of hyperspace. Galactic Empire technologists would manage to develop the widely used Interdictor cruisers and their various sub-models, being one of the most effective examples of interdiction technologies.
Hyperdrives were graded on a decreasing number scale, with the lower the number the faster the ship. Referred to as 'Classes,' specially modified ships such as the Millennium Falcon possessed a Class 0.5 hyperdrive, while top-of-the-line battlecruisers such as the Imperial I-class Star Destroyer contained Class 2 hyperdrives.
Being short-range craft, most starfighters lacked a hyperdrive. This was notably the case with the Galactic Empire's TIE/LN starfighters, which had to be ferried to combat zones aboard larger ships. However, the X-wing starfighters used by the Rebel Alliance were fitted with a hyperdive that allowed them to make long-range jumps.
Some of the earliest spacers were known to utilize sleeper ships before the invention of the hyperdrive, using cryogenic freezing processes to preserve their original hosts in carbonite. Nonetheless with faster-than-light-travel possible with the invention of the hyperdrive, galactic civilization would flourish throughout the galaxies ancient history. Pioneering scout ships would be sent by the Old Republic to explore the galaxy as increasing numbers of civilians from the Core Worlds sought to find a better life.
Later hyperdrives would allow even faster travel across a galaxy over 100,000 light years across, while major hyperlanes such as the Perlemian Trade Route and Hydian Way further accelerated galactic expansion.
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- Lords of the Sith
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Notes and referencesEdit
- ↑ Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Incredible Cross-Sections
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Tarkin
- ↑ Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know
- ↑ Ultimate Star Wars
- ↑ Star Wars: Ships of the Galaxy
- ↑ Return of the Jedi: Beware the Power of the Dark Side!
- ↑ The Weapon of a Jedi: A Luke Skywalker Adventure
- ↑ Smuggler's Run: A Han Solo & Chewbacca Adventure
- ↑ Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure
- Hyperdrive on Wikipedia