Eadu - Imperial Research Center
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Holomessage A-01: Galen Erso to Saw Guerrera
Saw, if you're watching this, then perhaps there is a chance to save the Alliance. Perhaps there's a chance to explain myself and, though I don't dare hope for too much, a chance for Jyn, if she's alive, if you can possibly find her to let her know that my love for her has never faded and how desperately I've missed her.
Jyn, my Stardust, I can't imagine what you think of me. When I was taken, I faced some bitter truths. I was told that soon enough, Krennic would have you as well. As time went by, I knew that you were either dead or so well hidden that he would never find you. I knew if I refused to work, if I took my own life, it would only be a matter of time before Krennic realized he no longer needed me to complete the project. So I did the one thing that nobody expected: I lied. I learned to lie. I played the part of a beaten man resigned to the sanctuary of his work. I made myself indispensable, and all the while I laid the groundwork of my revenge.
We call it the Death Star. There is no better name, and the day is coming soon when it will be unleashed. I've placed a weakness deep within the system. A flaw so small and powerful, they will never find it. But Jyn, Jyn, if you're listening...My beloved, so much of my life has been wasted. I try to think of you only in the moments when I'm strong, because the pain of not having you with me. Your mother. Our family. The pain of that loss is so overwhelming I risk failing even now. It's just so hard not to think of you. Think of where you are. My Stardust.
Saw, the reactor module, that's the key. That's the place I've laid my trap. It's well hidden and unstable, one blast to any part of it will destroy the entire station. You'll need the plans, the structural plans for the Death Star to find the reactor. I know there's a complete engineering archive in the data vault at the Citadel Tower on Scarif. Any pressurized explosion to the reactor module will set off a chain reaction that will destroy the entire station.
I'm not a strategist, but I believe that a well-coordinated attack by Alliance forces can lead to the destruction of the Death Star. Even a single single-seat fighter can make the difference. A description of the Stardust project follows. If you can understand how it was built, you will also understand how to destroy it.
The Death Star is a mobile space battle station built by the Galactic Empire in order to strengthen its terror regime. The Death Star is the size of a small moon and its main weapon is a huge superlaser cannon capable of destroying a planet in a few seconds.
The Death Star has the appearance of a huge sphere of dark gray color, with a sort of crater in the northern hemisphere, inside which the station's super laser is housed. The surface is protected by a dense mesh of turbolasers and driving radios; these defenses alone are able to develop a volume of fire equal to more than half of the entire imperial fleet.
Since the laser cannon network is designed to hit medium and large ships, the station is home to hundreds of TIE squadrons and numerous other military and transport ships.
The “Death Star OPT shipset” is a set of objects created for the X-Wing Alliance simulation, which reproduce the main features of the Death Star. The main body of the battlestation is composed by eight quarters of a sphere, with a radius of approx. 26 Km, plus an object for the central structure. To complete the functions of the battle station, it's possible to add multiple antiaircraft defense systems and two targets for the destruction of the Station
The base muster of all textures have been created by Hernan in 2004.
The surface of the station is divided into 2,048 sectors, with different structural characteristics. Most sectors are composed by habitable superstructures. The surface antiaircraft defense is scarce: each sector has an autonomous laser system, with a maximum of 5 rotating turrets. This is because the armor of the outer surface is invulnerable to any known weapon.
The space station has four main hangars, which can accommodate transport and medium-sized combat cruisers. In addition to these, there are another 25 hangars for short-range TIE fighter squadrons and long-range Assault Gunboats. Each hangar houses an air force equivalent to that of an Imperial Star Destroyer. The hangars are all located within the equatorial trench.
Hangars have been created by Hernan in 2004.
Inside the Death Star is mainly hollow. The entire structure is designed to protect the central cylinder, which conveys energy through the central regulator, to the main weapon of the Death Star.
The energy regulator is the only weak point of the Death Star. By destroying the regulator, the enormous energy accumulated in the poles would make the sphere explode.
There are two ways to reach the central regulator. The first is well known by the Empire: it consists in flying through the structure to reach the core of the station. The entry point is inside one of the small hangars. You fly through the main warehouse and the shield generator, to get into the core compartment, where the power regulator is located. Obviously this road is very well defended by hundreds of Hunter-Killer droids, programmed to destroy any fighter you try to approach the central nucleus, whether they are aggressors or imperials. The Empire does not intend to take any risks.
The internal structures and the Hunter-Killer droids were created by Hernan in 2004
The second way to destroy the Death Star is currently unknown by the Empire; it is a design flaw, thougt up by Galen Erso and described in the "Stardust" file, an encrypted message for Saw Guerrera.
One of the reactor vent ducts has been magnetized to allow a warhead to reach the power regulator without exploding along the way. To destroy the power regulator, a small fighter is able to fly inside a surface trench and launch a torpedo inside the duct.
The trench runs through the entire southern hemisphere, from the equator to the pole. Galen Erso wanted to facilitate the flight of the aggressor fighter, opening a maintenance tunnel that allows the target to be reached more quickly. Unfortunately Erso is unable to guarantee that the tunnel will be kept open by the imperials.
The target to hit could be protected by defensive turrets. Galen Erso had no control over the design of anti-aircraft defenses, so not much information exists on the matter.
A precise blow to the exit hole of the duct will trigger a chain reaction that will destroy the core of the Death Star. We trust in the Force, so that the Empire does not realize how dangerous the magnetization of the duct is.