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So this has been a little bit confusing for me regarding the atmospheric speeds. There are atmospheric speeds listed for craft, but at the same time shown with OT, we see ships flying quick to break through the atmosphere of the planet, example of course being The Falcon quote "blasting its way out of Mos Eisley." according to Imperial reports.

Now....by RL standards from what I've looked up, in order to achieve escape velocity of a planet requires speeds far in excess of what the atmospheric speeds listed for SW craft here. I would assume such would require the same for SW planets, since we do see craft moving fast out of planetary atmosphere. Another example being in TFU 2, when Starkiller uses Vader's TIE Advanced to blast away from Kamino.

So here's the question, are the speeds listed for the craft just inconsistent with actual showings? Or are they the safe travel speed for flying in atmosphere with these craft and not nessecarily the limit?

In fact come to think of it, has atmospheric speed even been stated within the actual novels/comics? I only have seen them really in RPG game books and guides.

More to that in Han Solo At Star's End comic, Han flies what is apparently a fighter jet and he doesn't bring up speed at all when the Corporate Sector Authority comes in with space faring fighters, all he mentions is maneuverability.

There's also in Agent of the Empire, Jahan Cross uses an Imperial shuttle, the CSA sends out 2 K-222 Aero Interceptors to chase him down yet are unable to catch him, these can go apparently at speeds of 2,6000 km/h yet are unable to catch a shuttle.

I know this is kinda long winded, but I'm just trying to figure out this whole atmospheric thing, because it's a little bit confusing.Wolfscar1 (talk) 20:20, August 12, 2019 (UTC)

  • I don't recall anything like this really being mentioned in novels, especially not in films, as you say this is more things for RPG books and reference books as those are where you get the more technical details for things. Not really sure how to answer your question as its really not stuff I've overly thought about, but the listed speeds are inconsistent with showings though --Lewisr (talk) 22:55, August 12, 2019 (UTC)

Hmm...I figured, it is kinda weird that there is such inconsistency though. I mean I know SW does have inconsistencies, but this seems like a big one. ....Oh well I guess.Wolfscar1 (talk) 00:06, August 14, 2019 (UTC)

Maybe the speeds listed are for prolonged atmosphere travel, and don't apply when climbing to enter orbit. SeniramUK 16:57, August 29, 2019 (UTC)

  • There are two systems of atmospheric speeds for SW vehicles: One was invented for the OT and also used later, with the results being about 1,000 kph. The other one came up with the PT and includes figures of tens of thousands of kph. For example, the T-65 ist listed as having 1,050 kph. Sometimes the ARC-170 is given this figure, too, but in other sources it gets 44,000 kph. Because of a note on the ARC-170 cross-section page it is thought that activated deflector shields make this difference, but it can't be the only factor, because the Eta-2 and the droid Tri-fighter (that lack shields) have two different stats each as well (1,500/1,050 vs. 15,000/37,000). To calculate whether or not a vehicle can leave a planet's gravity, the larger system would be more appropriate. It is mostly used in the Cross-sections books. Kind regards, Onicle (talk) 16:22, September 12, 2019 (UTC)
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