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According to its wookiepedia article, the station is actually generating the planetary shield. It’s weird because it barely has the same volume as a destroyer and it has no distinctive emitter, but it seems to be the canonical explanation for the moment. Plus there was no noticeable interaction between it and the superlaser beam when the death star fired on scarif surface. I know the torpedoes were ion-weaponry but they still hit the entire length of the hull and two even exploded on the front of the bridge tower. I don’t remember the dialogues or own the movie, so I’ll… Read more »

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This comment is a reply to the discussion at the bottom of the page. Sorry for placing it here. I’m stupid.

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Eh, easy to miss a reply-chain click when you’re in a hurry-no worries. Anyhow, color me remaining skeptical that Profundity’s entire contribution to the orbital duel (which, keep in mind, was off-camera for minutes on end) was command/control + turbolaser sponge (and ditto for Ackbar’s cruiser contingent at Endor). DK’s Rogue One visual guide credits the thing with a dozen (heavy?) TLs, an equal number of (anti-ship?) torp launchers & four ions, and while I agree that wasn’t nearly enough against a *competently crewed* Impstar (nods at Devastator), two greenhorn dingbats creeping straight in & *barely* dipping enough for their… Read more »

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There’s a Youtube video where we can see Profundity shooting from its starboard side at the shield gate station, causing multiple explosions across the station’s surface. It’s worth noting that X-wings start strafing the station’s gun turrets only after Profundity pummels the station.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIftKRavXCg

The scene in question starts at 1:58. It’s easier to see the shots if you run the video at 0.25 speed.

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Ah, good eye. So the station’s (ray?) shields might’ve been briefly swiss-cheesed enough for fighter strafing to do damage, but regained integrity after Profundity (and the corvette screen) turned their attention to the Impstars. Funny how some of those later torps were aimed at that buttoned-up shield window rather than the station itself-an attempt to disrupt the aperture extensions, perhaps?

valoren
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Yep, I see it. I noticed it before but didn’t make the connection with the profundity’s batteries. Since the explosion’s are relatively similar in shape and size to the ones created by the fighters/bombers, I just assumed it was the result of a previous bombing run.

valoren
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It still seems to be an horribly hazardous way to protect a planet. I’m not completely sure why they need a full planetary shield, since a smaller shield capable of stopping aircracft would have been much more useful, but putting things in perspective, the Hoth theatre shield/defensive batteries were able to hold the assault of five SDs and one SSD for maybe hours before finally giving up.
I would have expected the profundity to ram the station, instead of this wacky, unworkable trick with the corvette.

gorkmalork
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Yeah, the orbital-gate method might’ve been a half-assed (Republic holdover?) traffic control compromise that had security wonks scrambling feverishly back to ground-based facilities after the R1 debacle. Incidentally, that concept art with an orbital ring makes so much more sense I all but facedesked after double-checking the Wookiee.

RE: ESB…honestly not even sure Vader’s squadron bothered trying to hammer down the Hoth theater shield-they might’ve just dropped walker buses & troop transports on the iceball’s uncovered arcs before positioning for Rebel escapee intercept.

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Hey Fractal what do you think of this walker the All Terrain Armored Heavy Transport? (AT-AHT)
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Shields in Star Wars are a confusing thing… I get the impression they’re a system that is actually several types of shields working together to protect the ship. Deflectors – redirect incoming shots away from the ship, reducing their effective angle against subsequent shielding. Deflectors work best against low-density projectiles (like blaster bolts) causing the bolt to diffuse or scatter and making the resulting impact easier for the shields or even armor protected by the deflector to absorb. Deflector shield failure results in other shield systems being forced to absorb or redirect more energy at a more precise point. Particle… Read more »

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gorkmalork

Interesting categorization-the 1st edition Essential Guide to Vehicles & Vessels basically recognizes energy/ray & particle shields (though it’s not currently an official source), and for a while I’ve been assuming that ‘deflector’ was basically another word for the latter based on one ROTJ scene (namely, Executor losing the ‘bridge deflector shields’ but *not* sustaining any further command-module damage ’till that A-wing collision). The d-mechanism you describe sounds a lot closer to active defense, though I wonder if blasters’ supposed particulate effects can’t be chalked up to massive split-second heat transfer into a compact area.

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Admiral_Prophet

Looking amazing, defiantly looking forward to the find version.

gorkmalork
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gorkmalork

Ah, that semi-protected hangar arrangement again. I’d be tempted to nudge said space a little further forward from the reactor, but hey, pre/mid-Clone Wars design.