Was the Millennium Falcon too slow?

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  1. Ganesh Ujwal

    Ganesh Ujwal New Member

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    I've always been puzzled by the speeds of space craft in Star Wars. The Millennium Falcon was said to travel at "point 5 past light" - which I guess is 1.5c:

    HAN: She'll make point five beyond the speed of light. She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. I've added some special modifications myself.

    And it was said by Han Solo to be the fastest ship in the fleet.

    HAN: Look. I want you to take her. I mean it. Take her. You need all the help you can get. She's the fastest ship in the fleet.

    But at that speed it will take years to travel between solar systems.

    Is this a mistake in the Star Wars universe?
     
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    JIM zombie Turncoat

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    quite simply, an error by lucas.
    later retconned, the falcon has a 0.5 class hyperdrive, making it twice as fast as a class 1.
    The hyperdrive system onboard the Falcon was fully twice the size of the hyperdrive in a standard YT-1300 freighter. This system gave her a hyperdrive class of 0.5, which was twice as fast as most Imperial warships (see http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Millennium_Falcon)
     
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    hatchet13 The Nasty Tusken

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    ... its the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy ... nuff said.
     
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    Might also be Han making a mistake, which would fir with his later using parsecs as a measure of time (it's actually one of distance). Could be Han suffers from malapropism.