Orson Krennic was the Director of Advanced Weapons Research for the Galactic Empire. He was in charge of the secret research project, codenamed "Stardust," which handled the shipment of massive Kyber Crystals for use in the Death Star's superlaser. Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, Krennic's political rival, mentioned the project in comparison to Grand Admiral Thrawn's development of TIE Defenders. Tarkin kept his distance from the project, waiting to take responsibility for it only when it yielded major results.
Orson Krennic was a member of the Galactic Republic at the age of 15. He befriended Galen Erso and the two worked together in the Republic's Future Program. Krennic and Erso eventually drifted apart when Krennic grew darker in his personality.
Age of the Empire
Death Star Program
Eventually, after the Republic was reformed into the Galactic Empire by Sheev Palpatine, and Erso and his family disappeared, Krennic was promoted to the rank of Director and put in charge of the Death Star program. A superweapon that would destroy the Rebellion and cement the Empire's control of the galaxy.
- Thrawn: Treason (First appearance)