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Unless there is something to differentiate this from starship, I would suggest a merge, as a starship with warp drive is capable of viable interstellar travel in a reasonable time, the definition of starship. 31dot (talk) 02:24, October 28, 2012 (UTC)

Not all warp ships would be classified as "starships." By definition, a starship must be manned, so an automated cargo ship with warp drive or a warp-capable probe such as the Whale Probe or weapon (like the (VOY: "Dreadnought") would be warp ships that were not starships. Further, a test vessel such as the Phoenix which traveled at low warp might not be considered "viable" interstellar flight as it could not reach interstellar distances in a reasonable time, even though it possessed a warp drive. Even a test vessel capable of higher warp factors such as the NX-Alpha might not be considered a starship, as its primary purpose was not transport, but testing. Such a ship might not be capable of transport not because of speed but because of the lack of necessary provisions for interstellar travel, such as air supply, food and water, etc.
Also, a starship might have a FTL drive that is not warp drive, such as Quantum slipstream drive, or another mode of interstellar propulsion which is not a FTL drive at all, such as the temporal drive possessed by the Aeon type timeship or the Time travel pod. Such a starship would not technically be a warp ship.
Brent Evans (talk) 02:52, October 28, 2012 (UTC)
Well, scanning through transcripts, the phoenix was called a warp ship, and it would indeed feel like a stretch to call it a starship. Similar story with the NX-Alpha. I'm cautiously for a keep, it seems like any ship capable of reaching warp is a warp ship, while only some qualify as starships. -- Capricorn (talk) 02:31, October 31, 2012 (UTC)
I remember this term only for the first star ship of a civilization capable of warp speed, like "Cochranes warpship" or the Malcorian warp ship. --Perplex (talk) 13:33, November 2, 2012 (UTC)
As at least one ship was called this that is not a starship, this should be kept here, but needs to be completely rewritten. Changing the "merge" to a "PNA". -- sulfur (talk) 20:42, January 4, 2013 (UTC)

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