In one (or more – I wouldn’t know ’cause I don’t watch ’em) of the trailers/TV spots that have been released for Rogue One, we see a group of X-wing fighters trying to bring down a large wheel-shaped structure in space. Entertainment Weekly has an update on that structure including it’s official name.
Additionally, Rogue One co-producer John Swartz provides some more information on the new planet Scarif in this latest piece, so take the supplied source link for the full read.
Star Wars fans have been wondering: What is the wheel-shaped space station that an X-Wing squadron is seen attacking in Rogue One?
What you’re looking at is the Shield Gate, and the world below is Scarif, a tropical planet that is one of the Empire’s key military bases. Think of it as a galactic Los Alamos, the top-secret desert town where scientists and engineers built the first nuclear bomb during World War II.