The Aquila was the Valuan Flagship under the command of former Admiral Mendosa. The ship was destroyed in a fire after Mendosa's death, leaving Piastol and Maria orphans. Doc and Ramirez respectively served on the ship as the ship's doctor and an officer when it was still functional.
- Aquila is the name of a constellation located several degrees north of the Equator. Its name is Latin for "eagle".
- A discovery in the deep sky bears remarkable similarity to the accident that befell the Aquila but occurred twenty years before the start of events in the storyline.