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The Eta-class supply barge was a type of supply barge[2] used by the Galactic Empire during the Imperial occupation of Jedha to transport kyber crystals that powered the Death Star's superlaser.[3] Larger than the Zeta-class Heavy Cargo Shuttle, the Eta-class could hold multiple pods aloft on a dorsal cargo bed.[2]

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The Telgorn Corporation presented both the Eta-class supply barge and the Zeta-class Heavy Cargo Shuttle as a complete system of logistics vessels. As a result of this, the Galactic Empire rewarded the corporation with a major Imperial Navy contract for logistics modernization, and was introduced during the final months of the Death Star's construction. The Eta-class was primarily used for strategic spacelift between logistics bases unlike the Zeta-class, which was utilized as tactical delivery to the front line. During the Death Star's construction, it was also used to transport secret cargo along Project Stardust's covert supply lines.[1]

One of the key features of both the Eta-class and Zeta-class vessels was the commonality of containers between both ships, which allowed cargo to be sealed and certified at its point of origin and only opened at its destination, despite the possibility of the cargo being transferred between multiple vessels en route to its receiver. Befitting its role in the Imperial logistics chain, the supply barge boasted highly reliable systems, good shields, and significant cargo capacity at the expense of its speed and offensive capabilities.[1]

The Eta-class mounted racks on both its dorsal and ventral sides, which held twenty and forty-five containers at maximum, respectively. Though Telgorn included mountings for turrets to the fore and aft of the container racks, the Imperial Navy chose not to mount weapons onboard the supply barge, instead relying on dedicated escorts to protect the shipment. This was due largely to research originating from the Prefsbelt Academy, though hotly debated among naval theorists, that states that crews of armed transports, such as the Gozanti-class cruiser, needlessly endanger their cargo in an attempt to up their kill counts.[1]

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Galactic Empire starship classes
Space stations
Class II · DS-1 · DS-2 · FireStar II-class · Golan I · Golan II · Golan III · Golan M3185 · Harbor-class · ICM-092792 · Imperial dockyard · Mk IX · Supertanker fuel depot
Star Dreadnoughts
Executor-class (Executor I-class · Executor II-class)
Dreadnoughts
Assertor-class · Bellator-class · Mandator-class
Battlecruisers
Maelstrom-class · Secutor-class
Star Destroyers
Gladiator-class (Gladiator I) · Imperial-class (Imperial I-class · Imperial II-class) · qaz-class · Tector-class · Unidentified Interdictor vessel · Venator-class · Victory-class (Victory II-class)
Heavy cruisers
Dreadnought-class · Interdictor-class · Vindicator-class
Cruisers
Cantwell-class · Detainer CC-2200 · Immobilizer 418 · Onager-class
Frigates
Active-class · CC-7700 · DP20 · EF76 Nebulon-B · IR-3F-class · Pelta-class (Pelta-class Medical) · Razor-class · Surveyor-class
Carriers
Imperial escort carrier · Quasar Fire-class (Quasar Fire I-class · Quasar Fire II-class)
Light cruisers & corvettes
Arquitens-class command (Prison-tug) · Arquitens-class light · Carrack-class · Class 546 · Imperial Gozanti-class (Gozanti-class Assault · Gozanti-class espionage) · S-46I
Corvettes
Alderaanian diplomatic cruiser (CR90) · Raider-class (Raider I-class · Raider II-class)
Transports
Aerial landing platform · BFF-1 · Class four container · Eta-class · Theta-class · Xiytiar-class · Y-45 · Y-85 Titan
Light craft
Abecederian line (Delta-class T-3c · Lambda-class T-4a · T-5 Deliverance) · Action series (Action VI bulk freighter) · Assault gunboat · Escort gunboat · Harbinger courier · HAET-221 · Imperial Dropship Transport · Imperial heavy freighter · Imperial transport · Nu-class · Sentinel-class · Star Commuter 2000 · Stormtrooper transport · Theta-class T-2c · VT-49 Decimator · YT-2400 light freighter · Zeta-class Heavy Cargo · Zeta-class
Starfighters & bombers
Alpha-class Xg-1 · ARC-40b · ARC-170 · ARX-T3 Suncutter · Clone Z-95 · Delta-series (Alpha-3 Nimbus-class · Eta-2 Actis-class) ·
TIE line (Auto-fighter · Outland TIE · TIE Advanced v1 · TIE Advanced x1 · TIE Avenger · TIE fighter prototype · TIE lander · TIE scout · TIE training drone · TIE/ag "Aggressor" · TIE/ca "Punisher" · TIE/D "Defender" (TIE/D Defender Elite) · TIE/fc · TIE/gt · TIE/IN · TIE/LN · TIE/ph "Phantom" · TIE/rb "Brute" · TIE/rc · TIE/rp Reaper · TIE/sa · TIE/sh · TIE/sk "Striker" · TIE/sr) · XL-5 Guardian
Other classes
Imperial Planetary Occupation Facility · Praetor II-class
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