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I have to make the comment by @amflare a proper answer, because I think it is the most likely: With the wings folded up into landing position the shuttle has a much smaller footprint, i.e. uses less space. The shield gate is, by design, a bottle neck for all traffic - it thus stands to reason that you would make sure that passing ships use the smallest ...


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The previous answer with regard to the speed limit is very probable. But considering the shield gate is outside of the atmosphere the wings would have no bearing on flight characteristics. Negating the need to raise the wings in order to slow down .The first part of that answer makes considerable sense as far as space (area) is concerned, as raising the ...


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That area was designed to be opened and closed regularly. The rest of the shield around the planet stayed active at all times. That one area is presumably a weaker area so they had a better chance to break through.


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The section inside the ring is a particularly weak point in an otherwise nearly-impenetrable shield. “Do it!” Krennic roared, and Ramda and his men scurried to act. When the orders had been given, Krennic lowered his voice but still heard himself quivering with fury. “Is there any way,” he asked, “that the rebel fleet can break through the shield? ...


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The first line of the Rogue One novelisation pretty much gives the game away. Galen Erso was not a good farmer. Someone with Erso's obvious talents, intellect and the financial backing to buy a farm (but near-total incompetence as a farmer and zero interest in buying outland tools and materials), turning up with his family in tow onto a small agrarian ...


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