Establishment for the landing, servicing, refueling, and control of starships. Starports range in quality from A (the best and most extensive) down to E (the worst, little more than a spot of cleared ground.)
Starports generally have two components: a surface facility and an orbital facility. The surface facility includes cargo handling installations, a landing field, control towers, and other necessary areas. Surface starport components are frequently called Down, as in Credo Down Starport on Regina. Orbital facilities are present (usually in stationary orbit above the surface component) to enable handling of unstreamlined ships and to allow construction of heavy craft in orbit. The orbital component is usually called Orbital (as in Credo Orbital Starport.
Type D and E starports have no extensive orbital facilities, but they usually have navigational satellites or similar equipment. Non-streamlined ships at these starports must be serviced by shuttles. Starport ratings of X indicate interdiction, usually Imperial.
Starports, being the primary point at which starships interact with a system, are usually the location for additional bases, such as scout bases, naval bases, or other military installations, and for shipyards .
In nearly all cases, a planet will consider that a starport is extraterritorial and thus not subject to local law, but will also enforce strict entrance and exit controls.
(BOOK-3: p4, 1105; SUPP-11: p22, 1107; MT-ENCYC: p39, 1120; GT-STARPORTS: p16, 1120 [alternate]; HIWGs, 1120)
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