Gravity was the attraction between two bodies, dependent on their mass and the distance between them. As all planets, moons, and stars exerted gravity, the larger a body was, the more gravity it had, and the harder it "pulled" other objects towards its center. As such, gravity was what allowed living beings and other species to regard it as what kept things "down," or empirically allowed them to stay on their feet and caused dropped objects to fall. In realspace there was no gravity, so starships and space stations needed to have it artificially generated. Satellites and other orbiting objects maintained their positions by finding the perfect balance between gravity and the object's forward motion toward the gravitational source.
Throughout modern galactic civilization, the reliance on gravity-manipulating technologies that had existed for millennia allowed for interstellar travel and basic flight. Repulsorlifts allowed a craft to hover or fly over a planet's surface by pushing against its gravity, thereby producing thrust, while acceleration compensators kept starship crews alive during high-speed maneuvers. Other technologies such as tractor beams manipulated gravitational forces to push or pull objects.
Despite the banality of many gravity-based technologies, many factions throughout galactic history attempted to increase the military and civilian applications of the force, with the Galactic Empire developing gravity well projectors which could pull a ship out of hyperspace by creating interdiction fields and thus gravitational shadows in the direction of an oncoming vessel. During the Clone Wars, clone troopers were equipped with magnetized boots to traverse environments with zero gravity.
Most humans and humanoid species were able to deal with an average amount of gravity, with less allowing greater movement—such as the ability to jump higher than normal—and more hindering mobility by requiring greater energy to move about. Sirpar was a planet with higher gravity than what humans were generally used to, which made conditions challenging for human Imperial cadets participating in training exercises.
Gravity appears in virtually every Star Wars story. This list only includes specific mentions of it.
- "A Recipe for Death"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Duel of the Droids"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cargo of Doom"
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Children of the Force" (Mentioned only)
- Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Secret Weapons"
- Adventures in Wild Space: The Snare
- Adventures in Wild Space: The Dark
- Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion
- Servants of the Empire: The Secret Academy
- Star Wars Rebels – "Stealth Strike"
- Heir to the Jedi (Mentioned only)
Notes and referencesEdit
- Gravity on Wikipedia