King Daniel Into Darkness wrote:
^^Big problem with that is, we're told Voyager has a "sustainable cruise velocity of warp 9.975" when we first see the ship docked at DS9. That's not even maximum warp, but a cruise velocity they can supposedly maintain.
"Sustainable cruise velocity" is really such an ambiguous term, because it could easily mean the highest speed the ship can sustain for any length of time--be it twelve days, twelve hours, or even just twelve minutes for all we know. I think the easiest way is
to refer to Warp 9.975 as being the ship's maximum warp, with higher speeds briefly possible but at extreme risk
as was the case once with the Enterprise