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The original speed that a ship travels. The speed and distance decides the travel time between planets. Ship speed is increased above base with every level of engine researched.

  • Combustion Drive increases the speed of ships using a combustion engine by 10% of base for each level researched.
  • Impulse Drive increases the speed of ships using impulse engines by 20% of base for each level researched.
  • Hyperspace Drive increases the speed of ships using hyperspace engines by 30% of base for each level researched.

Ships by Base Speed Edit

Ship Base Speed Speed at Minimum Research Required Engine Type
Espionage Probe 100,000,000 130,000,000Combustion Drive
Cruiser 15,000 27,000 Impulse Drive
Light Fighter 12,500 13,750 Combustion Drive
Battle Ship 10,000 22,000 Hyperspace Drive
Battlecruiser 10,000 25,000 Hyperspace Drive
Heavy Fighter 10,000 14,000 Impulse Drive
Small Cargo* 10,000 20,000 Impulse Drive Level 5
Large Cargo 7,500 12,000 Combustion Drive
Recycler**** 6,000 33,000 Hyperspace Drive Level 15
Destroyer 5,000 14,000 Hyperspace Drive
Bomber** 5,000 17,000 Hyperspace Drive Level 8
Small Cargo 5,000 6,000 Combustion Drive
Recycler*** 4,000 17,600 Impulse Drive Level 17
Bomber 4,000 8,800 Impulse Drive
Colony Ship 2,500 4,000 Impulse Drive
Recycler 2,000 3,200 Combustion Drive
Death Star 100 310 Hyperspace Drive
Solar Satellite 0 None

* Small Cargo Ships start out with a combustion engine. Once Level 5 Impulse Drive is researched, all Small Cargo Ships are automatically upgraded to Impulse engines and take advantage of the faster speed.
** Bombers start out with an impulse engine. Once Level 8 Hyperspace Drive is researched, all Bombers are automatically upgraded to Hyperspace Engines and take advantage of the faster speed.
*** Recyclers start out with an combustion engine. Once Level 17 Impulse Drive is researched, all Recyclers are automatically upgraded to Impulse Engines and take advantage of the faster speed.
****Once Level 15 Hyperspace Drive is researched, all Recyclers are automatically upgraded to Hyperspace Engines and take advantage of the faster speed.


Duration of Flight

$ T=10 + 3500\sqrt{\frac{10\cdot D}{V}} $$ T $ is the flight time of the fleet in seconds, where $ D $ is the flight distance as calculated above and $ V $ is the speed of the slowest ship in the fleet. Divide the above with the speed factor you have chosen. Please note that due to rounding there might be a small discrepancy between $ T $ and "duration of flight" displayed.