If you’re a fan of Star Wars, then you’re likely familiar with the Death Star, the space station and planet destroyer constructed by the Empire. In 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope, the Rebel Alliance obtains the technical readout for the station and discovers a flaw in its design that they could exploit — all it would take is for one of their X-Wing fighters to make a precise hit with proton torpedoes into the Death Star’s two-meters-wide thermal exhaust port. Thankfully, the Alliance had a new hot shot pilot named Luke Skywalker who used to bullseye womp rats in his T-16 on his home world of Tatoonine, and as we all know, womp rats aren’t much bigger than two meters, so piece of cake!
Of course, Luke hits the targets and blows up the massive Death Star. But for years now, people have wondered how such a design flaw could have made it into this technologically advanced super-powered weapon of mass destruction. Now, one of the Death Star’s architects — namely who was the person responsible for the exhaust ports on the space station — is speaking out and he wants everyone to know, it wasn’t his fault!
Check out Death Star architect Dak Exhaustport‘s open letter here below.
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