The Galactic Empire (Star Wars) has tracked the rebels some times using the exit vector of their ships jumping into hyperspace.

But was the Empire able to track their own ships location for example if the ship was stolen? Would they be able to know the exact position of their ship even in hyperspace?

Is there some kind of device installed in the Empire's ships that allows them to track it or could they find out the exact location of the ship in another way?

  • With installing a deep space tracker, yes.
    – Oni
    Commented Feb 24, 2019 at 10:02
  • Do you mean something like a homing beacon? That's not what I meant. I was talking about something that is preinstalled in the Empires ships. Is the Empire able to track any Stardestroyer (or another ship class) without putting some extra device on it? Do they always know where their own ships are?
    – Bane
    Commented Feb 25, 2019 at 16:26
  • I guest, the Empire can pre-install homing beacons. If they want to.
    – Oni
    Commented Feb 25, 2019 at 17:01
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    Of course, they can but do they actually install this on each of their ships or on each ship of a certain class? Could they only do it theoretically or is there such a device on every ship?
    – Bane
    Commented Feb 25, 2019 at 18:52

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Yes. In Star Wars Rebels we see one of the rebels disabling an Imperial tracking beacon in a stolen TIE (I'm not sure which TIE it was). They definitely have them on ISDs and bigger ships.

Edit- I believe it is Season 1 Episode 4

  • Could you edit to include the episode and maybe a video clip if available to provide evidence for this?
    – TheLethalCarrot
    Commented Mar 1, 2019 at 13:12

One way to track ships is using:
Imperial XX-23 S-Thread Tracker

The XX-23 S-Thread tracker was a model of homing beacon used by the Galactic Empire. When the Millennium Falcon escaped from the Death Star, carrying Leia Organa and the battle station's plans to the Rebel base on Yavin 4, the Empire tracked the ship via one such device attached to the freighter's underside. [wookieepedia]

Trackers seems to be pre-installed on bigger ships and The Slave I and TIE Advanced ships can fire homing beacons on to enemy starships with projectile launchers.

If they have an exit vector

In ESB, after the Falcon disappears, Vader commands Admiral Piett to:

Calculate every possible destination along their last know trajectory

Vader clearly cares about what their last trajectory is as well and believes he can find possible destinations from that information.

If ships can be tracked through hyperspace, why do the Imperials need to place a tracking device on the Falcon?

Imagine that Leia had been smart enough to tell Han "hey by the way they probably will try to track us, maybe we should make some decoy jumps/stops first?"

Suddenly, any visual track through hyperspace becomes worthless. [SF StackExchange]

Or they just know where ship is going.

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