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Starship Engine Construction


Planets —> Starbases —> Building Starships —> Starship Engine Construction

The Engine Construction display lists the engines and shows you the starship engines that you have both the resources and tech level to build at this time. When you build an engine it remains in storage at the starbase until you fit the engine onto a hull when building a complete starship.

The display shows the cost to build this engine in MegaCredits and the amount of material needed. This display also shows the amount of money in the planet's treasury and materials remaining on the planets ready to be made into whatever you see fit.

You will see a graph of the amount of fuel used by the engines per light-year in relation to warp factor the ship is traveling at. A low tech engine uses more fuel per Light-Year as you increase your speed. Higher tech engines have better efficiency speed. For example, the Stardrive 3 is very efficient up to warp 3. At speeds greater than warp 3 rates the amount of fuel required to travel a specific distance is greatly increased.

All engines use the same standard mounting points, power feeds and control signals. This was done to allow any engine to be mounted in any hull. In addition, the most efficient design of each of the engines, with mount brackets, ends up having about the same mass, which is included in the hull mass.

Information on fuel usage can be found in the fuel details page.


Tech Cost
Engine Level MegaCredits Dur Tri Moly
Stardrive 1 1 1 1 5 0
Stardrive 2 2 2 2 5 1
Stardrive 3 3 3 2 3 5
SuperStarDrive 4 4 10 3 3 7
Nova Drive 5 5 25 3 3 7
HeavyNova Drive 6 6 53 3 3 15
Quantum Drive 7 7 170 3 3 15
Hyper Drive 8 9 200 13 3 25
Transwarp Drive 10 300 16 3 35


Efficiency Compared to Transwarp
Engine W1 W2 W3 W4 W5 W6 W7 W8 W9
Stardrive 1 100% 50% 33% 25% 20% 17% 14% 13% 11%
Stardrive 2 100% 93% 33% 25% 20% 17% 14% 13% 11%
Stardrive 3 100% 94% 93% 30% 20% 17% 14% 13% 11%
SuperStarDrive 4 100% 96% 96% 94% 33% 31% 20% 21% 11%
Nova Drive 5 100% 96% 96% 94% 96% 34% 34% 27% 11%
HeavyNova Drive 6 100% 96% 96% 94% 96% 96% 40% 30% 11%
Quantum Drive 7 100% 96% 96% 94% 96% 96% 92% 33% 18%
Hyper Drive 8 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 98% 91% 18%
Transwarp Drive 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

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