Guild Navigator's ship from the 1984 Dune movie

A Starship Lighter or Space Lighter was a barge-like Spaceship usually employed to transfer goods or passengers from and between greater Transports or Heighliners. Practically the term could refer to a great number of quite unlike starcraft, from small Spice Lighters, used to transport Melange to greater Freight Lighters or even great capital ships such as Padishah Emperor Shaddam Corrino IV personal royal spaceship, which was a combination of Lighter, mobile Palace and army Command centre and featured a Hutment of nine interlocking metal leaves that reached out in a thousand-meter circle and could house five legions of Sardaukar.

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