SKYPIERCER | LAUNCH SYSTEM
In the modern age of giant battlefields, global conflict, and a necessity of rapid response time, military forces often face serious dichotomies when it comes to satellite networks and their operations. If a conflict or crisis situation erupts in an unexpected location (and most do), a country often does not have a satellite available in a proper orbit to monitor the crisis.
Thus there are several options. Either remain - at least in the short term - without satellite coverage at all, or alter the orbit of an existing satellite (at the cost of hours in time and burning part of the satellite’s onboard fuel for maneuvering, while running the risk of entering a dangerous orbit and losing the satellite altogether), or in fact launch a new satellite, which takes days and costs millions.
The New Hayesalian-Allanean Arms Skypiercer program obviates some of these problems. Skypiercer allows an armed force to launch miniature satellites (in the microsatellite range, weighing up to 45 kilograms) using a small, air-launched missile. Together with the costs of operating the launch aircraft, the costs of storing and launching the Skypiercer unit is far below that of a large satellite.
For this purpose, the Skypiercer rocket (weighing 2500 kg fully loaded) is attached to the centerline of an F-15NH Blue Heeler. The aircraft ascends rapidly to an altitude of 12000 meters, and then deploys the rocket. The Skypiercer then begins to ascend rapidly. The rocket’s first stage soon cuts out and falls away, and the second stage deploys, sending it to LEO velocity.