The Shielded Spaceport
is a unique station situated on the rim of the Athega
System. The Spaceport is approximately 3.8km long.
The largest of its three hangars can comfortably accommodate
2 or 3 Lt Mon Calamari Cruisers.
Though the Spaceport
has no weapons, up to four squadrons of fighters reside
at the station at all times.
The size of the shield
is necessary to block the searing rays of Athega's
super hot sun, which can destroy stations or ships
that are only fitted with a standard shield system.
The shield has thick amour plating honeycombed with
coolant chambers to keep the outer surface from melting.
The back of the shield has immense tubes to vent the
scorching heat. The shadow behind the shield is the
protected area for incoming ships as well as the rest
of the station.
The Spaceports primary
function is to repair and maintain ships coming and
going through the system. The main concourse hosts
such establishment as hotels, casinos, restaurants
and bars. The crew quarters are situated in the structural
pylons, though small they are very comfortable.
Like most large stations
its a hive for rogues, smugglers and gamblers. Talking
of gamblers the spaceport is half owned by Lando Calrissian,
from where he operates a mining colony on the planet
Nkllon. Nkllon is so hot that it is only habitable
on the dark side. However, its mineral resources are
too valuable to pass up, especially for Lando, once
Nomad City was up and running it was making a profit
of nearly 10 million credits a year. As well as the
Spaceport, Lando owns twelve "Shieldships"
similar in all aspect to the station, itself.
The success of the
mining operation and the strong connections with the
New Republic made the Spaceport and Nomad City a prime
target for Grand Admiral Thrawn's forces. Thrawn's
second attack on Nomad City destroyed its drive units
and long-range communications; Star Destroyers attacked
the station and disabled all but one of the Shieldships.