"I got what I thought was a deal on this ship."
―Bosbit Matarcher, on his malfunctioning Delemedian starhopper[src]

A Delemedian starhopper was a type of jump drive–equipped starship that was in existence by the year 212 BBY. One starhopper belonged to the Human male Bosbit Matarcher, who experienced time dilation due to faulty relativistic shielding upon using the starhopper's jump drive. When Matarcher emerged from hyperspace in 22 BBY, the Delemedian starhopper was considered an antique.


A type of starship, the Delemedian starhopper required a crew of at least one pilot and was equipped with both relativistic shielding and a jump drive.[1]


The Delemedian starhopper could be used for intersystem travel.[1]


"I engaged the jump drive for a trip in outsystem. It took about two hours. When I got out, it was 200 years later."
―Bosbit Matarcher, regarding his Delemedian starhopper[src]

Delemedian starhoppers were a type of starship in use during the later years of the Galactic Republic.[1] In 212 BBY,[2] Bosbit Matarcher, a Human from the planet Delemede, purchased on his homeworld a starhopper that had malfunctioning relativistic shielding. Matarcher thought he got a good price on the ship, but when he activated the starhopper's jump drive and entered hyperspace to leave his home system, the faulty relatavistic shielding left the ship and everything aboard subject to time dilation, in which the ship experienced time at a slower rate than the rest of the galaxy. The starhopper, with Matarcher still alive onboard, did not exit hyperspace until[1] the year 22 BBY,[2] while he only experienced a two-hour trip. By that time, the starhopper was considered an antique. Matarcher's starhopper was mentioned in a HoloNet News article about Matarcher[1] on the date 13:3:21, in 22 BBY.[2]

Behind the scenes[]

The Delemedian starhopper was first mentioned an issue of the HoloNet News feed, Volume 531, Issue 48, which was written from an in-universe perspective[1] by Pablo Hidalgo and Paul Ens[3] and published on March 21, 2002.[4]



Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 HNNsmall.jpg 225-year Old Man's Secret? Time DilationHoloNet News Vol. 531 #48 (content now obsolete; backup link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 HNNsmall.jpg 225-year Old Man's Secret? Time DilationHoloNet News Vol. 531 #48 (content now obsolete; backup link) establishes that Bosbit Matarcher was 225 years old on the date 13:3:21 and that he traveled in time aboard a Delemedian starhopper at the age 35. Since the date 13:3:21 corresponds to 22 BBY, per the reasoning here, Matarcher must have time-traveled in 212 BBY.
  3. HNNsmall.jpg CreditsHoloNet News Vol. 531 (content now obsolete; backup link)
  4. JCF-favicon.png The Official HoloNetNews Discussion Thread on the Jedi Council Forums (Literature board; posted by PrinceXizor on March 21, 2002 at 3:24 PM; accessed September 20, 2020) (backup link)