Questions tagged [death-star]

For questions about the "Death Star", a moon-sized space station from the science fiction series Star Wars. Equipped with a superlaser, it was capable of destroying entire planets with a single blast. Use this tag for questions regarding both the first and second Death Star. Always use with the [star-wars] tag.

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Did the Rebel Alliance do anything with the Death Star plans after the Battle of Yavin?

In A New Hope, the Rebel Alliance has stolen the secret plans for the Death Star. They are able to study the plans to find the critical weakness allowing them to destroy the Death Star at the Battle ...
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Did Han Solo shoot Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter wingman from the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon?

In Stars Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope, did Han Solo shoot Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter wingman from his chair in the cockpit of the Millennium Falcon or from one of the Falcon’s two swiveling gun turrets? ...
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Are there detailed maps of the first Death Star available anywhere?

As a way to make fitness more fun, I'm planning a virtual walk on the Death Star, tracking my distance/steps taken and mapping them out on a map of the Death Star, so that I can, for instance, walk ...
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Why wasn't Darth Vader's TIE fighter recognized during the Death Star Assault?

I was watching the first Death Star assault again and I noticed that out of all the Imperial fighters sent out against the rebels, Vader's ship was of a different design. So why didn't any of the ...
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Why did the Empire choose to build the second Death Star near Endor?

I was wondering why the Empire chose to build the second Death Star in orbit around the Forest Moon of Endor? I guess that having locals who aren't capable of space flight is handy, but aren't there ...
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How did Luke Skywalker not die in the explosion?

The Death Star has enough power to destroy an entire planet. It's been estimated that one blast of its superweapon delivers energy comparable to that released by the Sun in an entire week so we can ...
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Who piloted the First Death Star?

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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Why are the Alderaan destruction stories in the Eclipse short story (Canon), and Episode 4 different?

In the Eclipse short story, it says that Bail and his wife saw the explosion coming towards them, but in Episode 4, the planet immediately explodes. Is there a reason for this discrepancy, or was it ...
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In episode IV, did the inhabitants of Alderaan realize what was about to happen?

As can be seen in the following clip from Episode IV, it took no more than a few (on-screen) minutes for the Death Star to enter the system, fire and finally However,...
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If the Death star make a jump through hyperspace why didn't if arrive with the super laser facing Yavin? [duplicate]

I am asking if, hypothetically, The death star jumps to Yavin through hyperspace, but it lands with the super laser facing the other way, why? I mean wouldn't it have been easier for the empire to ...
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Could a non-Force sensitive user destroy the Death Star?

In ANH, we see Luke destroy the Death Star by using the Force while the only other pilot (who is presumably not Force-sensitive) to attempt firing his missiles misses. Is there any indication in canon ...
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Did George Lucas always intend for the 'exhaust port vulnerability' to have been an act of sabotage?

Rogue One filled one of the biggest plot holes from Star Wars Episode 4, by showing that the exhaust port was designed as a weak spot of the Death Star by its architect Galen Erso. Was the idea that ...
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Did the Senate buy the explanation of a mining disaster?

In Rogue One, Director Krennic and Grand Moff Tarkin decided to test the capability of the Death Star by firing its superlaser at the Holy City on Jedha. In order to cover up what really happened, the ...
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What gives the Death Star its firepower?

Considering that in The Force Awakens we see that Starkiller Base needs to drain a star to power it, what makes the Death Star so powerful? It's a giant superlaser, but what does it run on?
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Why didn't the Empire target Yavin Prime?

If Yavin Prime was fired upon, the scattered debris would have destroyed Yavin 4 as well. Why did they wait to make a direct shot?
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How deep can the Death Star's superlaser reach with a single reactor ignition?

Related but not the same: What's the radius of the explosion caused by a single reactor ignition of the Death Star superlaser? The Death Star can shoot at targets with a "single reactor ignition" ...
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Fighter cover during Death Star trench run

During the attack on the first Death Star, various groups of rebel fighters enter the meridian trench (first Y-wings, then X-wings) in order to get to the (in)famous exhaust port. They enter in groups ...
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Why did Galen help complete the Death Star?

This question requires a little bit of background, so follow me on a little trip. For some reason, the Empire needed Galen to complete the Death Star. He was a vital component to its completion due ...
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Is there anything left of the Death Star?

After seeing this question on the number of kyber crystals in the Death Star, I would like to know if any of it survived the destruction as rubble (as per the Alderaan asteroid field).
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Who built the the first Death Star?

In Attack Of The Clones, Darth Sidious is shown a holographic prototype of the first Death Star by Poggle the Lesser. In Rogue One, Galen Erso is portrayed as the engineer who built the Death Star, ...
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How do the workers inside the Death Star's laser tunnels not get fried when the laser is fired?

Whenever the Death Star is fired, there tends to be a shot where you see workers inside of the Death Star firing chambers. What I've always wondered is how these guys don't evaporate, get blinded, die ...
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Where was Thane Kyrell during the events of Rogue One?

The excellent canon novel Lost Stars details the story of Thane Kyrell, who is initially stationed on the first Death Star before defecting after the destruction of Alderaan. Now, if I remember ...
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Is it called Desolation Station on purpose?

In the canon Star Wars novel Tarkin, the rebellious former Republic officer Berch Teller was assigned to the Empire's Desolation Station before going off the grid. It was an Imperial installation that ...
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Why didn't the Emperor deploy the Sith superweapon on Malachor?

In the Star Wars Rebels episode Twilight of the Apprentice, a massive temple built by the ancient Sith was discovered on the planet Malachor. The temple held a colossal Kyber crystal and was in fact a ...
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How did the Rebels find the design flaw to the first Death Star?

So I just read the answers to this question, where most of the authors agree complete fault analysis for a ridiculously complex project like the Death Star is close to impossible, given technical ...
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How did no other engineer see the design flaw of the Death Star?

In Star Wars: Rogue One we learn that that Jyn Erso's father purposefully put in the design flaw to destroy the Death Star, my question is: How did no other engineer see the massive design flaw?
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Did the Empire Re-use the Death Star plans?

Even if Rogue 1 didn't suggest the following: It would be pretty evident to the survivors of Death Star 1 that the design was clearly flawed. So when building Death Star 2, did they reuse the same ...
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How many prisoners did Luke kill on the first Death Star?

A few years ago I saw a video clip on the Internet from the movie Clerks. Danté and Randall argue over whether Lando and Wedge murdered all the Death Star contractors in Star Wars: Episode VI—Return ...
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How could the Death Star II fire through its shield?

In the Battle of Endor, the unfinished Death Star II was firing its superlaser at the Rebel capital ships while the ground team was still trying to disable the Death Star's shield. Which means the ...
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Why did they build the Death Star in space, instead of out of an asteroid?

The sheer logistics of a 160-km wide metal rock being mined, then all that material being moved to another location just to build a 160-km wide artificial moon somewhere else made me ask this question....
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Why did the first Death Star take so much more time to be built than the second? [duplicate]

In the end of The Revenge Of The Sith, Darth Vader and Palpatine are watching the construction of the first Death Star. This scene probably takes place less than a year after the previous scenes (...
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Why did the Separatists start planning the Death Star before the Clone Wars broke out?

In Episode II we see the early plans for the Death Star (initially developed by the Separatist Geonosians, led by Poggle the Lesser) at the Battle of Geonosis: image source The Battle of Geonosis ...
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How many reactors does the Death Star have?

The movie and novelization of Rogue One indicate that the destruction of both Jedha City and the Scarif complex required but a "single reactor ignition". So how many reactors does it take for the ...
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How many engineers worked on the Death Star?

In Rogue One we see which were at most a dozen. How could a dozen engineers have accomplished anything? I would guess at least a hundred engineers involved in an aircraft carrier...
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Why didn't the original Death Star's shields protect against small fighters?

The original Death Star had shields. They're mentioned at 2 minutes into this video clip when red leader says they are passing through the magnetic field. The small spacecraft get jostled a bit ...
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How did Yoda react to the destruction of Alderaan?

If Obi-Wan can feel the strong disturbance in the Force from the destruction of Alderaan by the Death Star, wouldn't Yoda have felt it too? After all, he felt the fall of the Jedi throughout the ...
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Would the Rebels have destroyed Death Star 2 if Palpatine hadn’t died?

In Return of the Jedi, Palpatine tries to turn Luke to the Dark Side. He fails, and decides to kill him, but instead Vader intervenes and the rest is history. But, while all of this is happening, the ...
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Did Darth Vader voluntarily (and secretly) give the Death Star plans to the Rebel Alliance in one of the Expanded Universe sources?

There have been many stories on the topic of how the Rebels obtained the plans. It may have been in one of the later Star Wars graphic novels, but Google isn't turning up anything. I think the plot ...
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Why do lasers from Kyber crystals in lightsabers repel noisily but lasers from Kyber crystals in the Death Star combine?

Rogue One introduced the idea of Kyber Crystals in the Star Wars movie Canon. In the 1977 movie A New Hope - we see Obi Wan Kenobi and Darth Vader battle with lightsabers and the blades repel with a ...
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Could the Death Star have a satellite due to its size?

I have read the Death Star (the first one) had a diameter of about 186 km, which made me think about whether it could somehow host a satellite or moon due to its size, just like some dwarf planets do.
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How does gravity work on the DeathStar? [duplicate]

The Death Star is spherical, and as big as a moon. It has a gravity generator, but how does it work ? Which one of the case below (Fig.1 or Fig.2) is the correct one ?
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If the first Death Star had the weakness installed on purpose [duplicate]

If the first Death Star's weakness was purposely built in so the rebels could destroy it according to Rogue One, is the same true for the second? Because it seems like an even bigger weakness and you ...
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Were there multiple iterations of the first Death Star?

At the end of Revenge of the Sith we see this as one of the final scenes: We clearly see that the first Death Star has most of the super laser dish constructed and a lot of the reactor core and super ...
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What's the radius of the explosion caused by a single reactor ignition of the Death Star superlaser?

Twice in Rogue One, What's the radius of these explosions?
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Would the Death Star split in half if an hyperspace jump failed?

In Legends, it was theorized that the Death Star had: One hundred twenty-three individual hyperspace generators, tied into a single navigational matrix (...) And these: were necessary to carry ...
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How many TIE fighters did the Death Star launch in the Battle of Yavin?

In comments on this answer, the title question arose. How many TIE fighters did the Death Star launch to attack the rebel fighters? Did they send out overwhelming numbers, or did they send out a ...
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How does the Death Star travel in hyperspace? [duplicate]

Is there any reference in Canon or Legends on how the hyperspace travel of the Death Star is performed? Is it in anyway similar to the hyperspace travels performed by other starships in the Star Wars ...
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Did the Death Star have an external atmosphere? [duplicate]

We know that the Death Star had an internal atmosphere due to the fact that living creatures reside in it without some form of breathing apparatus. We also know that there are at least two forms of ...
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What happens if the Death Star comes out of hyperspace in the middle of an asteroid field? [duplicate]

As a counter-question to this question, I wonder what happens if the Death Star comes out of hyperspace in the middle of an asteroid field... Or in the middle of a space fleet? Would it be destroyed? ...
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Why does Krennic have these characters killed?

In Rogue One we see Why would Krennic do this, considering that the Death Star was not yet fully operational? What would he have done if parts of the design needed revisions or if part of the ...