The strato-hopper was an airspeeder employed by the Galactic Empire for transportation across the Polar Wastes of Akuria II. It could not travel through the more violent of Akuria IIs storms, and had to be grounded while the storms passed over.
During the Mission to Akuria II an unidentified Imperial commander used a strato-hopper to transport himself, his stormtroopers, and the captive Leia Organa Solo to the Imperial Polar Base. The strato-hopper was forced to land due to a storm, allowing Luke Skywalker and a band of Rebels to overtake it. Skywalker lured an ice worm into attacking the strato-hopper, which could not withstand the beast. While the commander, with Organa, escaped, the strato-hopper was destroyed.