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Form of ->
FTL travel that is per definition faster than Federation warp technologies.
drives are defined as drives that can exceed warp 10,but is mostly defined
as drives that are simply significantly faster than Federation propulsion.
The Borg use
transwarp propulsion (-> transwarp conduit), and a Delta Quadrant race
called the Voth ('Distant Origin' (VOY)) use transwarp too. Since the USS
Excelsior, the Federation is experimenting with transwarp drive. The USS Excelsior
(NX-2000) was commissioned to test a transwarp propulsion drive constructed
by the Federation, but it was deemed unsuccessful by Starfleet Command.
(VOY), Tom Paris was the first human achieving a transwarp flight and travelled
at warp 10.0 (infinite speed). This made him remember every part of the universe
(5 billion gigaquad of computer information). The flight was achieved in the
Voyager-shuttle Cochrane. A new form of dilithium, transdilithium, allowed
travel at infinite speed. Unfortunately, the trip turned him into a frog-like
creature by genetic mutations, as well as Janeway. In 'Day of Honor' (VOY),
the crew of Voyager tried to create a Borg -> transwarp conduit, which
would make the journey back to the Alpha Quadrant a lot faster. Unfortunately,
the experiment failed by tachyons leaking into the dilitihium matrix.
In 'Vis a Vis' (VOY), Steth's ship is powered by a -> coaxial warp drive, which is much faster than conventional warp and can thus be considered as a transwarp drive.