Who piloted the First Death Star? Was it a team of Imperial Navy marines or some other Imperial unit?

I'm fairly sure that its not Gary the Stormtrooper:


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    I would assume it would have a Bridge similar to those on the Star Destroyers. Also worthy of note is the "big screen room" where Krennic shows off the Death Star's weaponry.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jun 7, 2018 at 13:06
  • @TheLethalCarrot Krennic's room might only be for presentation purposes as we don't see it in ANH
    – Boolean
    Jun 7, 2018 at 13:08
  • Of course only commenting as a potential because I don't know for sure.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jun 7, 2018 at 13:09
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    Frank Grimes, or Grimey, as he liked to be called. Jun 7, 2018 at 14:24
  • @Skooba I've updated the video link, but it might not be showing the video frame
    – Boolean
    Jun 2, 2023 at 10:17

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Death Star Troopers

The Star Wars Databank has the following to say on them (emphasis mine).

Death Star Troopers were the elite of the Imperial Navy who were stationed aboard the first and second Death Star. They were responsible for piloting the super-structure to its destinations and firing the superlaser on the orders of those in command of the station. They wore black uniforms and flared, reflective helmets

And if you don't want to click the link, the Death Star Troopers are these guys.

Death Star Trooper

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    Not to be confused with Death Metal Troopers
    – Machavity
    Jun 7, 2018 at 17:57
  • Is it said anywhere what the purpose of those huge helmets is? Why would they need a reflective helmet in such a position, anyway? It's hard to picture what that helmet could be protecting them from, given the relatively safe position that they're in.
    – Kat
    Jun 13, 2018 at 20:24
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    @kat never looked into it, probably worthy of its own question if there isn’t one already.
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Jun 13, 2018 at 21:45
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    The helmets are just part of the uniform, like pointy wizard hats. Jun 2, 2023 at 14:49

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