Jump pirates were organized pirate gangs that assaulted orbital shuttles as they passed through the topcloud layers, using antique SpecForce rocket packs from the days of the Old Republic to seize the ships. Atmospheric bandits like these were particularly dangerous, since even a small mistake could cause their victims to crash from extreme heights to the surface instead of simply being marooned in space.
When jump pirates sprang up more frequently on Corellia in the time after the Battle of Yavin and newsfeeds regularly reported about their actions, Corellian Security Force placed special priority on stopping these thieves. They also hired groups of heavily armed civilian investigators to check out suspected staging sites and destroy them if any sign of illegal activity was found.
Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]
Jump pirates were mentioned in the description of a mission called "Suspected Jump Pirate Lair" in Star Wars Galaxies, that was offered to players at Mission Terminals on Corellia.