Imperial Shield Stations were used to generate large amounts of energy to create a shield over a large mass in space. They had a control deck and a docking bay. The docking bays also held the main turbine for generating the energy to power up the shield, as well as a shaft directly behind the station that funnels the energy into the shields. The control deck is what operates the docking bay doors to the facility, and it is manned by at least two officers. If the control deck is destroyed or otherwise disabled, it will likely result in the docking bay doors going haywire, opening and closing intermittently and erratically. Because of the size of the shielding that needs to be maintained, multiple versions of each station need to be utilized to maintained. In addition, disabling even one Shield Station's capabilities will likewise result in the shield being weakened and shut down.