- It says that the Death Star was only mentioned it flashbacks in Darth Vader #1, but it was actually seen in flashbacks when Vader was remembering his duel with Obi-Wan. Should this be fixed?
Are you sure about the size of the second Death Star? I had the novelization of Return of the Jedi/Record album. They said that the second Death Star was smaller than the original Death Star, but more powerful.
900 KM Diameter of the Second death star 160 KM Diameter of Original
Are you sure you didn't get those reversed?
184.108.40.206 23:12, August 13, 2015 (UTC)Jesse Sanchez23:12, August 13, 2015 (UTC)
The second death star was closer to 900 meters in diameter and indeed the kind of visual dictionary used as a source often contain incorrect stats for various things that due to lack of sufficient research into the matter.
The book Complete Locations was rereleased for the newcanon, with Force Awakens content, and various changes to bring it into line with newcanon material - one of which was a DS2 size of "over 160km in diameter". It also had 4900km diameter Forest Moon - which a 900 km DS2 is incompatible visually with.
As such - the DS2 size doesn't need changing - at least, not unless a later newcanon source specifically states that it's a lot larger than 160km. --220.127.116.11 15:53, December 21, 2016 (UTC)
The Rogue One Visual Dictionary now states that the first Death Star is 160 km, the same size of the Death Star II. Shouldn't the size of the latter be changed now, since it's clearly much larger than the first? Flux 345 (talk) 22:41, December 27, 2016 (UTC)
Also 3% the size of Endor makes no sense. The forest moon of Endor is 4,900km and 3% of that is only 147km...much smaller than the first Death Star. So the DS2 is at least 180km.Flux 345 (talk) 04:08, December 28, 2016 (UTC)
- It would have to have a diameter of more than 195 km to reach 4%. They're not going to be that specific and put a decimal point, hence the word approximately. But it's strange wording nonetheless since a sphere 3% the size (aka volume) of Endor would have a diameter of 1524 km, which is ludicrously big. -- Dr. Porter (Talk|Contribs) 05:16, December 28, 2016 (UTC)
Death Star II orbit Edit
I know it's quoting a source that is considered canon, but this paragraph makes no sense:
Owing to the station's stationary and not synchronous orbit, it required a tremendous force to counter Endor's gravity. Utilizing the repulsorlift field created by the shield generator on Endor to maintain its position, the Death Star II created earthquakes, tidal imbalances, and other geological disturbances on the surface below.
We know from the movie that the Death Star was indeed stationary relatively to Endor surface in order to stay above the shield site on the planet. As such, it could not be in asynchronous orbit as the article says. If some object has to appear suspended above a given point on a planet surface, it has to rotate with the same angular speed as the planet, which is a very definition of synchronous orbit.
By the way the Empire engineers would have to be totally incompetent to place the Death Star in such orbiting altitude that it would require a devastatingly powerful repulsorlift field just to keep it from crashing into Endor. When planning for something to maintain stationary orbit, all you have to do is take the planet rotation speed (we know that Endor rotates, because it has day/night cycles) and gravitational constant to calculate an altitude where centripedal force exactly counters the gravitational pull and place it there. Basically as long as something doesn't slow it down, it will remain there forever with no additional force needed to keep it suspended above the planet. Of course in reality it would need a little nudge here and there to correct for small orbiting height changes which cannot be completely eliminated, but no huge forces would be needed for that, definitely not something to cause earthquakes and tidal imbalances. I'm pretty sure that engineers who can manage a space station construction of this scale would know these satellite orbiting basics.