History Main / Killsat

25th May '16 11:20:11 PM SwankyTower
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* ''Film/AmeriGeddon'': The terrorists aligned with the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower United Nations]] possessed a satellite that can fire an [[{{EMP}} EMP]] before self-destructing. [[FalseFlagOperation It was used to cause a massive blackout as a pretext for martial law in the United States.]]

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* ''Film/AmeriGeddon'': The terrorists aligned affiliated with the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower United Nations]] possessed a satellite that can fire an [[{{EMP}} EMP]] before self-destructing. [[FalseFlagOperation It was used to cause a massive blackout as a pretext for martial law in the United States.]]
25th May '16 10:37:02 PM SwankyTower
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* ''Film/AmeriGeddon'': The terrorists aligned with the [[UnitedNationsIsASuperpower United Nations]] possessed a satellite that can fire an [[{{EMP}} EMP]] before self-destructing. [[FalseFlagOperation It was used to cause a massive blackout as a pretext for martial law in the United States.]]
16th May '16 1:05:11 AM anza_sb
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* ''Manga/StealthSymphony'': [[spoiler:Laika's "third eye" is revealed to be a satellite that looks like an eye and can shoot deadly lasers from above.]]
4th May '16 10:31:16 AM EDP
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* In ''ComicBook/PaperinikNewAdventures'' is stated that Xerba had a powerful network of these for defence, believed to be able to stop any and all attacks. [[InformedAttribute However we don't get to see it in action]], as [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill the Evronians convince the Xerbians to sign a trading treaty and temporarily deactivate the defence network and invade in that small window of opportunity]], [[CurbStompBattle quickly overrunning the capital to prevent reactivation and conquering the planet in a matter of days]].
1st May '16 10:35:58 AM Pseudoname
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Evolve}}'', the support character Hank can target an orbital bombardment fired from a modified mining satellite. His modification replaces the artillery barrage with a laser beam.



* ''Webcomic/AtomicRobo'' sees the titular character seize control of a Nazi kill sat.



* One of the best-known real life examples (although it never passed the experimental stages) was the US "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Defense_Initiative Strategic Defense Initiative]]" or "Star Wars" program which was shelved in the closing years of the Cold War. Principally a system to intercept intercontinental missiles from space, it also included "Rods from God" and "Brilliant Pebbles", anti-fortification weapons which (in laymen's terms) were meant to drop big rods or lumps of metal from orbit at underground bunkers, using the [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter kinetic energy]] of the weapon rather than explosives or nukes to do the damage.\\

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* One of the best-known real life examples (although it never passed the experimental stages) was the US "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Strategic_Defense_Initiative Strategic Defense Initiative]]" or "Star Wars" program which was shelved in the closing years of the Cold War. Principally a system to intercept intercontinental missiles from space, it also included "Rods from God" and "Brilliant Pebbles", anti-fortification weapons which (in laymen's terms) Pebbles". Officially referred to as Kinetic Bombardment Systems, these satellites were meant to drop big 20 meter long tungsten rods or lumps of metal from orbit at underground bunkers, using the [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter orbit. The kinetic energy]] of force generated from the fall, in addition to the plasma sheathe created by reentry, would give the weapon rather than explosives or nukes to do the damage.force of a nuclear explosion. This also carried the added benefits of being able to penetrate nuclear shelters though sheer momentum and lacking any radioactive fallout. And because it isn't nuclear, it isn't banned by the aforementioned 1969 Outer Space treaty.\\
22nd Apr '16 2:40:02 AM UmbrellasWereAwesome
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* ''Anime/MacrossPlus'' reveals that, decades after Space War I, Earth has upgraded its defenses with a network of ''hundreds of thousands'' of densely-packed, automated Kill Sats that serve a dual purpose: vaporize orbital debris before it falls into the atmosphere, and discouraging invasion from external forces. When [[TheAce Isamu]] has to navigate this network and force his way into Earth, his only hope is to shoot down a couple of communication sats, hide among the falling debris, and ''pray''. His companion has so little faith in their chances he just shuts himself off into hibernation.
** On that subject, the conclusion to Space War I: the Main Zentraedi Fleet folds in and the first thing they do is shoot the Earth with several million (NotHyperbole) {{Wave Motion Gun}}s, turning most the surface into an arid wasteland and exterminating 90% of the human population.

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''Anime/MacrossPlus'' reveals that, decades after Space War I, Earth has upgraded its defenses with a network of ''hundreds of thousands'' of densely-packed, automated Kill Sats that serve a dual purpose: vaporize orbital debris before it falls into the atmosphere, and discouraging invasion from external forces. When [[TheAce Isamu]] has to navigate this network and force his way into Earth, his only hope is to shoot down a couple of communication sats, hide among the falling debris, and ''pray''. His companion has so little faith in their chances he just shuts himself off into hibernation.
** On that subject, the conclusion to Space War I: I in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross'': the Main main Zentraedi Fleet fleet folds in and the first thing they do is shoot the Earth with several million (NotHyperbole) {{Wave Motion Gun}}s, turning most the surface into an arid wasteland and exterminating 90% of the human population.
9th Apr '16 10:50:09 AM DarthNANAME
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** The scary thing? With the current technology, Rods from God could be built, launched and deployed '''right now'''. YouCanPanicNow.
9th Apr '16 4:18:17 AM Tron80
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* ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' included a Kill Sat angel. Eva being Eva, it fired a [[spoiler:MindRape beam at you to the tune of the ''[[SoundtrackDissonance Hallelujah Chorus]]'' from [[Music/GeorgeFredericHandel Handel]]'s ''Messiah'']]. [[spoiler:Asuka]] was unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of said beam, and needless to say, [[HeroicBSOD the results were not pretty]].

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included a Kill Sat angel. Eva being Eva, it It fired a [[spoiler:MindRape beam at you to the tune of the ''[[SoundtrackDissonance Hallelujah Chorus]]'' from [[Music/GeorgeFredericHandel Handel]]'s ''Messiah'']]. [[spoiler:Asuka]] was unfortunate enough to be on the receiving end of said beam, and needless to say, [[HeroicBSOD the results were not pretty]].



* Surely ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'''s [[spoiler:Anti-Spiral-controlled]] Cathedral Terra counts? Okay, the heroes nip its firing sequence in the bud, but it had several hundred (if not thousand) massive death rays trained on the planet, and it was ([[spoiler:disguised as]]) the planet's [[{{Pun}} natural satellite]] at the time.

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* Surely ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'''s [[spoiler:Anti-Spiral-controlled]] Cathedral Terra counts? Okay, the Terra. The heroes nip its firing sequence in the bud, but it had several hundred (if not thousand) massive death rays trained on the planet, and it was ([[spoiler:disguised as]]) the planet's [[{{Pun}} natural satellite]] at the time.


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* ''Anime/PanzerWorldGalient'' has the Eraser, a network of killing sats that uses a powerful gravity surge to destroy the surfaces of planets.
3rd Apr '16 5:38:14 PM ultimomant
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** Continuing with the trend, ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' has Number 9 DysonSphere, a weaponized space colony that's the 2nd largest monster in the game, falling just behind its [[SuperMode Chaos Number form]] Chaos Dyson Sphere.

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** Continuing with the trend, ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' ''Anime/YuGiOhZEXAL'' has Number 9 DysonSphere, a weaponized space colony that's the 2nd largest monster in the game, falling just behind its [[SuperMode Chaos Number form]] Chaos Dyson Sphere.
22nd Mar '16 6:42:45 PM merotoker
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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' has the Gryps Colony Laser. [[spoiler:Which makes a return in the final episode of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]].'']]
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' has the Keilas Guilie... and it is [[spoiler:still around in ''Anime/TurnAGundam''.]]

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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitZetaGundam Zeta Gundam]]'' has the Gryps Colony Laser. [[spoiler:Which makes a return in the final episode of ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamUnicorn Gundam Unicorn]].'']]
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** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' has the Keilas Guilie... and it is [[spoiler:still around in ''Anime/TurnAGundam''.]]''Anime/TurnAGundam'']].



** Continuing with the trend, Anime/YuGiOhZexal has Number 9 DysonSphere, a weaponized space colony that's the 2nd largest monster in the game, falling just behind its [[SuperMode Chaos Number form]] Chaos Dyson Sphere.

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** Continuing with the trend, Anime/YuGiOhZexal ''Anime/YuGiOhZexal'' has Number 9 DysonSphere, a weaponized space colony that's the 2nd largest monster in the game, falling just behind its [[SuperMode Chaos Number form]] Chaos Dyson Sphere.



* ''Manga/ShamanKing'' has one of these which is used against the main villain Hao Asakura, but he is unhurt by it. It was also detrimental for the other shaman [[spoiler:as it caused the world to become aware of their presence on the island.]]

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* ''Manga/ShamanKing'' has one of these which is used against the main villain Hao Asakura, but he is unhurt by it. It was also detrimental for the other shaman [[spoiler:as it caused the world to become aware of their presence on the island.]]island]].



* An early Avengers story featured a group of mad scientists attempting to hold the Earth ransom with one of these. [[ForegoneConclusion Obviously]] they stopped it.

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* An early Avengers ''[[ComicBook/TheAvengers Avengers]]'' story featured a group of mad scientists attempting to hold the Earth ransom with one of these. [[ForegoneConclusion Obviously]] they stopped it.



* Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series: the planet Safehold's prohibition on advanced technology is enforced by orbital platforms that, if they detect power sources, will unleash a [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter kinetic bombardment]] capable of devastating a small continent. Merlin is running extensive tests to determine what counts as a "power source". So far, no solution has been found to the main problem, [[spoiler: but we're up to steam engines with no response.]]

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* Creator/DavidWeber's ''Literature/{{Safehold}}'' series: the planet Safehold's prohibition on advanced technology is enforced by orbital platforms that, if they detect power sources, will unleash a [[KineticWeaponsAreJustBetter kinetic bombardment]] capable of devastating a small continent. Merlin is running extensive tests to determine what counts as a "power source". So far, no solution has been found to the main problem, [[spoiler: but we're up to steam engines with no response.]]response]].



** The Expanded Universe has many other models from multiple factions. Honorable mention for capability and originality go to the the Abbai Alanti, the Orieni Skywatch and the Drazi Shodroma: where most models are just a large gun or missile launcher (or both) with thrusters for positioning and aiming, the Alanti, like most things put in space by the Abbai, has actual DeflectorShields, the Skywatch complements the laser cannons and missiles with ''[[RammingAlwaysWorks kamikaze drones to ram enemy targets]]'' (a standard Orieni weapon), and the Shodroma packs the same Drazi-designed WaveMotionGun of the Earth model (the blueprints of the weapon were given to Earth during the Earth-Minbari War as an apology for their inability to intervene and fight the Minbari).

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** The Expanded Universe has many other models from multiple factions. Honorable mention for capability and originality go to the the Abbai Alanti, the Orieni Skywatch and the Drazi Shodroma: where most models are just a large gun or missile launcher (or both) with thrusters for positioning and aiming, the Alanti, like most things put in space by the Abbai, has actual DeflectorShields, the Skywatch complements the laser cannons and missiles with ''[[RammingAlwaysWorks kamikaze drones to ram enemy targets]]'' (a standard Orieni weapon), and the Shodroma packs the same Drazi-designed WaveMotionGun of the Earth model (the blueprints of the weapon were given to Earth during the Earth-Minbari War as an apology for their inability to intervene and fight the Minbari).



** Ultima did it again in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''. However, this version only did [[ManaDrain MP damage]]. Watching a gigantic lance of energy smash into the enemy from above with an explosion of magical force, only to see nobody at all physically harmed, let alone reduced to a pair of smouldering boots... a case could be made for {{subversion}}, there.

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** Ultima did it again in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance''. However, this version only did [[ManaDrain MP damage]]. Watching a gigantic lance of energy smash into the enemy from above with an explosion of magical force, only to see nobody at all physically harmed, let alone reduced to a pair of smouldering boots... a case could be made for {{subversion}}, {{subver|tedTrope}}sion, there.



* Top-down {{shmup}} ''[[VideoGame/AeroFighters Sonic Wings]]'' features a barrage of orbital lasers presumably from satellites as the special weapon of one of the playable characters. Video games seem to like to give these to good guys and bad in equal measure.

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* Top-down {{shmup}} {{sh|ootemup}}mup ''[[VideoGame/AeroFighters Sonic Wings]]'' features a barrage of orbital lasers presumably from satellites as the special weapon of one of the playable characters. Video games seem to like to give these to good guys and bad in equal measure.



* In Jack's ending in ''[[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Tekken 2]]'', he is destroyed by a Kill Sat in front of young Jane. In his ''[[{{Tekken}} Tekken 3]]'' ending, he is carrying adult Jane on his shoulder, when Dr. Abel tries to do the same thing, but he protects her and himself with a BeehiveBarrier.

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* In Jack's ending in ''[[VideoGame/{{Tekken}} Tekken 2]]'', he is destroyed by a Kill Sat in front of young Jane. In his ''[[{{Tekken}} Tekken 3]]'' ''Tekken 3'' ending, he is carrying adult Jane on his shoulder, when Dr. Abel tries to do the same thing, but he protects her and himself with a BeehiveBarrier.



* The graphic novel-esque flash series ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' features a fanatical CorruptCorporateExecutive who sets up a Kill Sat network [[spoiler: in order to broadcast a signal triggering his vision of Judgment Day.]] It also has the ability to lock on to anywhere on the planet and emit highly-focused [[ShockAndAwe EM pulses]].

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* The graphic novel-esque flash series ''WebAnimation/BrokenSaints'' features a fanatical CorruptCorporateExecutive who sets up a Kill Sat network [[spoiler: in order to broadcast a signal triggering his vision of Judgment Day.]] Day]]. It also has the ability to lock on to anywhere on the planet and emit highly-focused [[ShockAndAwe EM pulses]].



* A Kill Sat made a short appearance in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode ''[[Recap/KimPossibleS1E16KimitationNation Kimitation Nation]]''. Drakken attempted to obtain the controls for it, but failed.

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* A Kill Sat made a short appearance in the ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'' episode ''[[Recap/KimPossibleS1E16KimitationNation "[[Recap/KimPossibleS1E16KimitationNation Kimitation Nation]]''.Nation]]". Drakken attempted to obtain the controls for it, but failed.



** So far, the US and China have successfully demonstrated ASAT weapons. (The US in 1985, China in 2007, and the US again in 2008, probably to remind China they could do it, too.) The Chinese gained some negative international reputation because they destroyed their satellite in high orbit, leaving over 2,000 potentially-dangerous chunks of debris out there. (The International Space Station is often moved to avoid orbital debris; at least two moves since the Chinese test have been done specifically to avoid its debris - yes, the Chinese literally almost [[Defictionalization pulled]] a ''{{Film/Gravity}}''.)

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** So far, the US and China have successfully demonstrated ASAT weapons. (The US in 1985, China in 2007, and the US again in 2008, probably to remind China they could do it, too.) The Chinese gained some negative international reputation because they destroyed their satellite in high orbit, leaving over 2,000 potentially-dangerous chunks of debris out there. (The International Space Station is often moved to avoid orbital debris; at least two moves since the Chinese test have been done specifically to avoid its debris - yes, the Chinese literally almost [[Defictionalization [[DeFictionalization pulled]] a ''{{Film/Gravity}}''.)



** Then, too, antisatellite weapons in themselves aren't at all safe, in that their use increases the likelihood of a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome Kessler cascade]], which would make space more or less completely inaccessible for a period measured in years, as well as wrecking some significant fraction of satellites already present in low earth orbit; such a cascade, and its immediate consequences for a manned space mission, make up the plot of the widely appreciated film {{Film/Gravity}}. The safest cost-effective option for decommissioning spent satellites remains simply to let them deorbit on their own.

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** Then, too, antisatellite weapons in themselves aren't at all safe, in that their use increases the likelihood of a [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kessler_syndrome Kessler cascade]], which would make space more or less completely inaccessible for a period measured in years, as well as wrecking some significant fraction of satellites already present in low earth orbit; such a cascade, and its immediate consequences for a manned space mission, make up the plot of the widely appreciated film {{Film/Gravity}}.''{{Film/Gravity}}''. The safest cost-effective option for decommissioning spent satellites remains simply to let them deorbit on their own.
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