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Lt. Commander
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 120
# 13
01-05-2012, 10:05 AM
I can't find a link now but I found a graph very similar to the one linked to by Z3R0B4NG that showed the energy required and speed achieved at warp factors up to 100. It looks similar, with infinite energy and speed at the multiples of 10, but a dropoff afterwards. So if you could find a way to otherwise break the warp 10 barrier, you could sustain travel at >10 with similar energy output to flying at warp 9 or so.

This is somewhat like breaking the sound barrier in aircraft, IIRC there is a significant drag increase up to the barrier but once you break through the drag reduces, and the energy output required to maintain slightly supersonic travel is less than the energy output required to maintain speed at or below the sound barrier.