Hyperdrives are a special category of components which permit the ship carrying them to make a hyperjump and travel rapidly. Not surprisingly, they are extremely expensive to run, typically demanding more energy than a single equivalent-tech reactor can provide.
In order to jump, a ship must spend time charging the hyperdrive, then it is locked into its course until it returns to normal travel, either by aborting the jump or when it reaches its destination. Because the energy demands of the hyperdrive are so large, they draw directly from the ship's reactors, matching the hyperdrive's rated energy demand directly against the reactors' spare output. If the output isn't large enough, the hyperdrive's performance will be reduced proportionately. Reactor storage has no effect.
A ship requires only one hyperdrive component, no matter how large. However, it is possible to fit more than one, in which case the ship will use the quickest-charging hyperdrive to charge, then the fastest hyperdrive to travel. Naturally, whichever hyperdrive is in use will dictate how much energy the ship needs.
The following hyperdrives are available:
|Warp Bubble Generator||10||4 Carbon Fibre, 7 Helium, 5 Steel||2000 speed, 132 Energy, 18 seconds to jump|
|Gerax HyperDrive||11||5 Carbon Fibre, 9 Helium, 7 Steel||12500 (+2500 +3150) speed, 78 (+22 +13) Energy, 15 (-2 -1) seconds to jump|
|Kaldos HyperDrive||9||4 Carbon Fibre, 9 Argon, 8 Steel||13750 (+2800 +3450) speed, 94 (+19 +12) Energy, 7 (-2 -2) seconds to jump|
|Equinox JumpDrive||9||4 Carbon Fibre, 10 Krypton, 5 Chromium, 4 Steel||18750 (+5000 +6250) speed, 88 (+17 +20) Energy, 13 (-1 -2) seconds to jump|
|Calista-Dal WarpDrive||9||5 Carbon Fibre, 7 Tyderios, 5 Chromium, 6 Steel||15000 (+3150 +3750) speed, 60 (+9 +6) Energy, 12 (-1 -1) seconds to jump|
|Torrent Drive||9||5 Carbon Fibre, 8 Tyderios, 6 Chromium, 6 Steel||25000 (+5000 +6250) speed, 83 (+12 +10) Energy, 6 (-1 -1) seconds to jump|
Additionally, the Dhayut race has access to its own special hyperdrive:
|VelocityDrive||10||4 Carbon Fibre, 7 Tyderios, 5 Chromium, 6 Steel||23500 (+5500 +7000) speed, 64 (+26 +23) Energy, 6 (-0 -1) seconds to jump|