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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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What do the Death Stars do, other than destroying planets?

We know that each Death Star has enough firepower to obliterate a planet. But other than this, what are they good for? For one, I have trouble imagining a practical situation where "blow up the whole ...
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How was construction of the Death Star(s) kept secret?

According to various sources there were over 2,379,000 people on board the original Death Star when it exploded. On top of that it's said that it took 19+ years to build and millions of people worked ...
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How did the Death Star move?

In the Star Wars saga, one of the most iconic weapons of the Empire was the Death Star: a self sustained weapons platform the size of a moon, with the capacity to destroy a planet. in A New Hope, we ...
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Why didn't anyone stop Luke from leaving the second Death Star?

After killing the Emperor in his throne room in the second Death Star, Luke drags Vader's dying body to an Imperial shuttle to leave the station. He is not shown to have fought anyone on his way there ...
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Was the thermal exhaust port on the Death Star really a design flaw?

Why would something so grand contain such a fatal flaw? Was it really a flaw or was the only flaw the fact the "The Chosen One" existed. Who else in the Galaxy would have been able to fire that shot?...
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How big is the Death Star compared to the Executor

We know the size of the Death Star (2nd one) to be 160 km in diameter, and the length of the Executor Super Star Destroyer to be 19 km. In ROTJ we see the Executor smash into the Death Star, This is ...
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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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Why are stormtroopers stationed outside the Death Star near the turbolaser batteries adjacent to Bay 327?

Comments in another question led me to this image from A New Hope: Why are stormtroopers walking around outside near the turbolaser batteries? What is there to guard or patrol in the cold vacuum of ...
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Were there two Death Stars in construction at the same time?

The first Death Star was in construction at the end of Episode III (presumably 19 BBY). The ending shot is this picture, with only small portions of the superstructure completed: 19 years later, the ...
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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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Was "Death Star" an officially designated name?

In A New Hope, the Death Star is only referred to as such (in dialogue) on four separate occasions; three of which are the intercom at the rebel base on Yavin 4, so I'm not sure they count as truly ...
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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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How does the Death Star gravity work?

As we all know the Death Star is spherical. I don't know if it generates gravity on its own or has a gravity generator, but that's not important. I think we have basically two scenarios: Gravity ...
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Why was the Death Star's shield generator on Endor?

Isn't the point of the Death Star that you can use its lasers to destroy any planet or capital ship nearby? Then how could the Empire use the Death Star if it has to stay close to Endor at all times, ...
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Would Luke Skywalker be considered a war criminal? [closed]

If the Death Star was the size of a small moon, I think it's safe to assume there were hundreds of thousands- if not millions of individuals stationed inside. Does this make Luke a war criminal, ...
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A New Hope: Why doesn't the Death Star scramble more TIE fighters?

In A New Hope, the Rebels assault the Death Star with X-Wing fighters launched from a moon around the planet Yavin. However, the Death Star only sends out a few squadrons of of TIE Fighters to counter ...
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Why did Death Star need to orbit around Yavin for so long?

We are talking about battle station with a hyperdrive. And there we have to wait till it orbits around Yavin to get a shot at the moon. We know why they didn't blast the gas giant with the ...
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Why did the Death Star not target this location at the end of “Rogue One?”

During Rogue One, we saw that the Death Star was able to aim and directly target So why, an the end of the movie, did they not
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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 does the size of the Death Star compare to the Yorktown Station in Star Trek Beyond?

As the question states, how does the size of the Death Star compare with the Yorktown space station featured in Star Trek Beyond?
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Was it implied by the dialogue in A New Hope that the Death Star had never been used before?

This is sort of an analytical question. Having seen Rogue One, I re-watched some of the scenes from A New Hope, including the two scenes above and analyzing the dialogue, the answer seems to be "no." ...
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Why was the second Death Star as vulnerable as the first?

The first Death Star was destroyed by a shot to the thermal exhaust. Why did the second have a similar design flaw: an exposed single point of failure? I would have thought that some kind of grid in ...
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Why did the Empire need the Death Star?

I wonder why they needed the Death Star as I’ve seen in comics and YouTube videos that a few Star Destroyers can basically destroy a planet, though not to the extent of what the Death Star did to ...
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How did the Death Star manage the debris after blowing up a planet?

According to Wookieepedia, the Death Star 1's diameter is 160 km, while Alderaan's is 12,000 km. After shooting Alderaan one can assume there should be large and very fast chunks of the planet flying ...
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Why is the superlaser dish in the southern hemisphere of the Death Star rather than the northern one?

There are some images in which the superlaser dish of the Death Star appears in the southern hemisphere, not the northern hemisphere as it usually does. Why is this? Note: the idea for this question ...
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Was Sidious already making the Death Star by the end of Episode III?

I ask this because at the end of the movie, you see Luke on Tatooine, Leia with Bail Organa, and then a decent portion of the Death Star already done as Palpatine & Vader look on. So it seems the ...
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Did Tarkin get permission from the Emperor to destroy Alderaan with the Death Star?

Based on what we see in Episode IV, Grand Moff Tarkin appears to order the destruction of Alderaan by the Death Star entirely on his own. While we know that Tarkin had extraordinary authority on the ...
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Why was the Death Star's tractor beam not used as a weapon during the battles?

A comment on an answer I posted points out that there was at least suspicion that the fighters in the Battle of Yavin were a threat: Moradmin Bast: "We've analyzed their attack, sir, and there ...
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Is there a script that contains Chewbacca's/Peter Mayhew's dialogue (in English)?

Most Star Wars fanatics probably already know about the clip below. In a nutshell, the scene is from A New Hope. Luke, Han, Chewie, and the droids are in the hangar control room on the Death Star, ...
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Why does The Dark Side keep building Death Stars?

A Death Star, or its later multi-targeting equivalent the Starkiller Base, seems to have only one function, namely destroying one or more planets, and perhaps their suns too. But the Dark Lords that ...
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Was the Death Star cost effective?

According to General Dodonna in the new canonical novelization of A New Hope, titled Star Wars - New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy: The Death Star is heavily shielded and ...
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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: https://youtube.com/clip/UgkxLO-...
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How much of the Death Star did the stolen plan cover?

In the Rogue One film, the rebels steal some plans from the imperial citadel on Scarif. Was that the plan of the entire Death Star, or only of the reactor that Galen Erso had designed? On one hand, ...
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Was the original Death Star prop actually blown up for the movie?

I've read in the past that the original Death Star prop was blown up for the movie scene. Today I came across this and was wondering if there was any truth to that rumor.
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Why did the Empire design the Death Star to have a trench?

The Death Star trench was used as a plot device in Episode IV to facilitate the Rebel attack on the Death Star using small, one-man starfighters: the trench created a dead zone in which most of the ...
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Why did Tarkin undertake this course of action at the end of Rogue One?

At the end of Rogue One, Tarkin Is there any indication why he did this / what his justification was for this action?
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Was the Technodrome actually based on the Death Star?

At the time of posting, the Wikipedia entry on the Technodrome from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise claims that the giant spherical vehicle was "based on" the Death Star from Star Wars. ...
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Which is bigger - the Star Forge, or the Death Star?

If you've played Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, you're familiar with the Star Forge: I haven't found any definitive ...
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What is the maximum effective range of the Death Star's Superlaser?

As we discussed it in this question, the Death Star can deliver a mind-boggling amount of energy. If it is capable of blowing up an Earth-sized planet, this means the equivalent of the annihilation ...
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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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What is the largest-size vessel the Death Star could accommodate inside any hangar bay?

With station as large as the Death Star, there's going to be a ton of hangar space. How big were the largest hangars? What size vessel could they accommodate? We see that the hangar that accepted the ...
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What are the computer-like objects in the Emperor's throne room?

In Return of the Jedi, the Emperor's throne room contains these clusters of what appear to computer panels. What is the purpose of these? How can they be accessed?
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Did the Empire use independent contractors to build either of the Death Stars?

While I doubt that either Death Star required aluminum siding or roofers, Randal has a fair point in Clerks. While Imperial Stormtroopers are enlisted from all across the galaxy, many of them would ...
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Is there a mind probe lying around in the middle of this Death Star meeting room?

There's a large, shiny black thing sitting in the middle of the table during this imperial meeting on the Death Star during A New Hope. It bears a striking resemblance to the mind probe that the ...
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Could you destroy the Death Star by having a ship come out of hyperspace in the middle of it?

So the Death Star is huge, right? Would it be possible to coordinate a hyperdrive to come out of hyperspace in the middle of the Death Star? Maybe a small ship wouldn't be enough to destroy it, but ...
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How many simultaneous Death Stars were envisioned?

The two Death Stars that we see in the Star Wars films weren't operational for very long, having met their ends rather quickly at the hands of the Rebels. Before the Rebels threw a monkey wrench into ...
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Is the Death Star’s gravitational force strong enough to hold an atmosphere?

The Death Star is the size of a small moon. Endor being a moon (not sure if it's small or not) has a rich atmosphere. Could the Death Star hold a nitrogen/oxygen based atmosphere with its gravity? (...
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When Lando refers to the “north tower” in “Return of the Jedi” how can one determine the cardinal points in center of a sphere?

When this exchange happens during the final batter in Return of the Jedi (1983), how was “north” determined within the structure of the Death Star? LANDO: There it is. All right, Wedge, go for the ...
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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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