The Hyperdrive, also known less commonly as the Gate Drive or as the Advanced Warp Drive, is a vital engineering component that allows starships to enter hyperspace to transverse the vast distances of space at faster-than-light speed, and they have been a key technology within the Caladarian Galaxy for galactic civilization, trade, and war. The construction and working principles of a hyperdrive is known as the Hyperdrive Theory. The term is used to describe the engine and all components required for its use, such as the hyperdrive motivator or hyperdrive field guide. In numbers, the hyperdrive allows a traveler to traverse a galaxy spanning over 120,000 light years in only a few hours or days, the exact travel time depending on the destination, point of origin, route, and class of hyperdrive. The hyperdrive is generally built from a titanium-chronium compound, which is specifically designed to allow the hyperdrive to stand up against continual stress, caused by traveling between dimensions of realspace and hyperspace.