How Do Star Destroyers Hover?

How Do Star Destroyers Hover?

The film series is about space wizards, princesses, and an ongoing war between two opposing sides: the Imperials and the Rebels. One of the symbols of the Imperial navy is the famous Star Destroyer, a huge vessel with massive firepower. It’s seen in Rogue One that a Star Destroyer floats in Earth’s atmosphere over a city, which is an unanticipated development in the franchise.

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How do Star Destroyers fly? Many crafts in the franchise and novels appear to float above the ground. For example, in the opening minutes of A New Hope, Luke Skywalker is seen working on a floating land speeder. Repulsorlift technology is what allows things to float.

To begin, I think it is a good idea to claim that the Star Wars franchise is not science fiction, which is based on real-world science and both current and future, but instead science fantasy, which incorporates elements of both science fiction and fantasy. With two words, space wizards, I will underscore my point. There are no real-world technologies that can explain how star destroyers stay in the air without using magic. In universe answers exist, however.