How Fast Is The Millennium Falcon?

Do you know how fast the Millennium Falcon can go?

Not many people have actually nailed down an exact speed the Falcon could possibly travel through hyperspace. This is because Star Wars was meant as a fantasy saga, so not many details are ever given in the movie.

Canon facts are indeed scarce.

But this didn’t stop Chris Lough from TOR working out some feasible speeds the Falcon may have traveled at.

So how did Chris work the Falcon’s speeds out?

 

She’ll make point 5 past light speed…

 

Obviously, the Falcon can go faster than light speed otherwise it would not be able to reach other star systems in a reasonable time. So what does ‘point 5’ mean?

Well, it could be on a similar scale to Star Trek’s warp system where for example Warp 6 is actually more than double Warp 5, not just 20% more. Warp 7 is over 3 times the speed of Warp 5 etc. When you get past Warp 9, speeds get exponentially faster peaking at an unreachable Warp 10. Warp 10 could be similar to a whole 1 (point 5 being half way down the scale), we’ll talk more about maximum practical speeds later.

But before we can work out a speed, we need a few solid facts about the Star Wars universe, not just the galaxy, but also the circumstances of a particular journey. If we have enough information, we can conclude likely outcomes, even if they are not exact statements, we can probably get some ballpark numbers, better than sticking a finger in the sky right?

So, let’s choose a well known journey all Star Wars fans are familiar with. Obi-Wan Kenobi and Luke Skywalkers’ hired trip from Tatooine to Alderaan.

 

We could almost buy our own ship for that!

 

Now we already know that old Ben Kenobi was in a hurry, he paid a premium for the trip after Han Solo’s boast of the Falcon’s credentials. So it is fairly safe to assume that during the trip to Alderaan the Falcon would have been travelling at close to it’s maximum speed, if not the very top. Maybe point 4, maybe point 5 🙂

Now we need to know the distance of the journey!  This has never been mentioned in the movies so we need a map!

Well, luckily we have an official galaxy map taken from the Star Wars Essential Atlas.

Star Wars galaxy map Essential Atlas

And yes, this map is close to canon as you are going to get, it’s LucasFilm approved. LucasFilm even suggested some of the planets that were added to the atlas.

The locations of Tatooine and Alderaan seem reliable, as every other Star Wars map (including this one) have always placed Tatooine in the South East corner of the Outer Rim and Alderaan in the North East corner of the Core.

“It looks like most of the way between the two planets consists of established space lanes, which is handy for our purposes. It assures us that the Falcon traveling at top speed would have been a simple affair since the route is mostly established and clear of stars, supernovas, asteroid fields, and other objects that would require trickier navigation.”

Working out the Millennium Falcons top speed!
Working out the Millennium Falcons top speed!

We know from the atlas that the Star Wars galaxy is 120,000 light years across, so each square on this atlas is 5217.39 light years across. Using the magic of Pythagoras we can calculate the actual journey!

We can get more accurate and follow the space lanes by doing this :

Pythagoras calculating the Falcon's speed
Pythagoras calculating the Falcon’s speed

“Measured out in Photoshop, each square of 5217.39 light years is 5/8ths of an inch, which means 1/8th of an inch equals 1043.478 light years, which gives us a small enough scale to be more exact when measuring the distance of their route.

When measuring and tallying everything up, the Tatooine to Alderaan route is 50855 light years long.”

So it was quite a journey in other words!

Now we have our distance, we need to come to some conclusions about how long the journey took and therefore what speed was attained.

To get the journey time we need to make some educational guesses and the likelihood of each time we come up with.

Possible Falcon speeds depending on travel time
Possible Falcon speeds depending on travel time

So how long did Obi-Wan and Luke spend on the Falcon with Han and Chewie?  Well, we know they spent at least a few hours on board, because they are lounging around playing holochess etc, possibly a day maybe even a few days.

It’s unlikely the journey took weeks, they would have run out of food and other resources. Also in the context of the movie, the characters would have been very familiar with each other had they spent THAT much time in each other’s company. We can probably rule out pit-stops and certainly rule out cryosleep chambers that we NEVER see in Star Wars.

So the most likely trip time would be 1 to a few days, maybe.

Millenium Falcon speed
Millennium Falcon speed

As you can see by the graph (dividing the distance by the number of days possibly travelled) anything shorter that 2 days is LUDICROUS speed!  In 2 days, the Falcon would be able to zip from one side of the galaxy to another in just over a day!  Anything less than 2 days, the Falcon would be able to zoom off the galactic map in LESS than a single day, highly unlikely!

Chris also speculates on maximum practical speeds where if the ship were going THAT fast, it literally would not be able to navigate celestial objects safely without slowing down every few minutes.

So… if we settle on 2 days as the journey time and round down the number to make it nice and neat, that gives us

 

25,000 light years per day, or 1041 light years per hour!


or… 9,125,000 times the speed of light.


Returning to the point 5 scale, if .5 means 25,000 lypd, .4 could mean 20,000 and .3 mean 15,000 etc. This would also mean a maximum whole ‘1’ equals 50,000 lypd.

Boba Fett escapes the Sarlacc in Fan Film

Did Boba Fett survive the Sarlacc Pit?

Ever since the immensely popular and super cool Bounty Hunter was killed off in Return Of The Jedi in the lamest way possible, fans did experience some joy from the EU’s stories of the Mandalorian surviving and later going after Han Solo in a new ship Slave II.

But since the Disney acquisition, the EU is no longer cannon and Fett’s fate was once again put in to doubt.

Fett calls Slave 1 after escaping
Fett calls Slave 1 after escaping

A Boba Fett anthology movie was rumored but has yet to surface, and although Fett should appear in Rogue One, nothing is planned yet for Fett post-ROTJ.

So fan film-maker Eric Demeusy decided to bring some relief to fans with a fantastic but brief fan short depicting Fett’s escape of the Sarlacc.

After being trapped for 30 years in the Great Pit of Carkoon, infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett makes a death defying escape and finds himself fighting alongside the Rebellion to establish a New Republic. 

Titled Star Wars: The New Republic Anthology, this incredibly cool fan film is well worth watching if you are a Boba Fett fan!

 

New characters from Rogue One

Excited about the first ever stand-alone Star Wars movie?

Yes, Rogue One:A Star Wars Story is out December 16th!

Word on the street is you’ll be able to catch the final trailer when Doctor Strange opens in UK cinemas later this month on October 25.

But while you wait for the trailer check out these two awesome new characters revealed by recent life-size standees:

 

First we have Moroff (and doesn’t he look just like a baby Wampa).

Maybe Chewie got lucky with a Wampa one day! 🙂

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The next character is another new Astromech droid. Its name is R2-BHD:

This R2 unit looks like a chrome deluxe version of R2-D2!

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Felicity Jones (Jyn) and Diego Luna (Captain Cassian Andor), and its terrifying new villain, Director Krennic (Ben Mendelsohn).

Jones’s antihero Jyn is a rebel without a cause (with a gun belt “inspired by Han Solo”), and that’s exactly the kind of attitude the struggling Rebellion needs. She’s ultimately tasked with a mission from Mon Mothma: Steal the Galactic Empire’s plans for their shiny new weapon of mass destruction, the Death Star. But just as Rogue One is a different kind of Star Wars film, Jyn is a different kind of hero. Unlike heroes Luke Skywalker and Rey, Jyn has had a “very full life” before we meet her inRogue One.

Rogue One Characters
Rogue One Characters

 Similarly, Mendelsohn’s big bad is a different kind of Imperial villain. “He is smarter, I think, than most of the others,” the actor said after making a grand entrance, dressed in Krennic’s Imperial duds and flanked by a mini-army of Shadowtroopers. “He’s more inventive. He’s perhaps a little sexier that some of them — not as sexy as some of the others.”

Of course, Jyn won’t be alone in her endeavor. She’ll be joined by a group of resistance fighters. Captain Cassian Andor, her right-hand man, works intelligence for the Rebellion. Luna admits that there’s “friction” and “issues” among the team but that Cassian keeps them together. His best friend is a curmudgeonly Imperial droid that he’s reprogrammed named K-2SO (voiced by Alan Tudyk).