NOVA Project

Phillip Santhe presenting the NOVA Project to Rodin Hlian Verpalion.

"Sir, it works exactly as expected. The Liann engineers appear to have accomplished their objective."
―An Imperial Officer, to Captain Worhven[src]

NOVA was a military and scientific project for a new cloaking device technology. It was developed by Santhe/Sienar Technologies for the Empire during the Galactic Civil War.


The NOVA project was launched some time after the Battle of Yavin. It was developed in the Santhe/Sienar Technologies Headquarters on the planet Lianna and was supervised by Phillip Santhe himself. Emperor Palpatine assigned Lord Rodin Hlian Verpalion as overseer of the project.

The first steps of the project were very promising. The tests were conducted from the Imperial-class Star Destroyer Dominator. The technology was so effective that the ship completely lost control with its cloaked probe droids.

But the project was eventually abandoned. During a reception held in Verpalion's honor, a team of Rebel operatives managed to steal a copy of the NOVA plans and sabotage the originals. When the device was finally tested during Verpalion's inspection, it failed to cloak the test ship, leaving Rodin furious and blaming Philip Santhe for the failure.