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"Arcturus... I presume you found your cold-sleep chamber... accommodating?"

Cryogenic hibernation is terran technology that was developed by the United Powers League.[1] A form of suspended animation, cryogenic hibernation provides a more pleasant alternative to the rigors of long trips through warp space, which is both mentally and physically exhausting.[2] Although it takes a fairly long amount of time to recover from the effects of stasis,[1] the use of CryoStims can speed up the recovery process.[3]


Cryogenic hibernation was first developed by the United Powers League in the twenty-third century, contributing greatly in the colonization of the Solar System. Its most notable use was the launching of four colony/prison ships, the Nagglfar, the Argo, the Sarengo and the Reagan to Gantris VI by Doran Routhe. Cryogenic hibernation kept the prisoners suspended for twenty-eight years before arriving at their unintended destination.[1]

Cryogenic hibernation is still used by the United Earth Directorate,[4] but appears to have fallen out of use in the Koprulu Sector, at least for space travel. However, cryo-storage is used for medical storage[5] and incarceration.[6][7][8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. Rosenberg, Aaron (May 23, 2006). StarCraft: Queen of Blades. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 978-0-7434-7133-6.
  3. Adjutant: "I trust that the effects from your long cold sleep have worn off by now. If not, the Med Officer can provide you with additional CryoStim supplements." StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Level/area: First Strike (in English). 1998.
  4. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: First Strike (in English). 1998.
  5. Golden, Christie (May 22, 2007). StarCraft: The Dark Templar Saga #1: Firstborn. Simon & Schuster (Pocket Star). ISBN 0-7434-7125-3.
  6. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft: Brood War. Vivendi Games. Mission: Reign of Fire (in English). 1998.
  7. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Cinematic: Old Times. (in English). 2010.
  8. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Mission: Wings of Liberty, Cutthroat (in English). 2010-07-27.

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