While a KillSat can be called the sword, the Save Sat can be called the shield. This is when a satellite, intentionally or accidentally, crashes into something and helps out the heroes, either saving the protagonists from the BigBad's superweapon by crashing into the control unit, tipping off the heroes that a huge ship is parked outside earth orbit by the sudden cut in communications, or by providing a distraction to buy the heroes time to think up of a plan.

Different from a Killsat since a Save Sat usually rams into something, and different from a ColonyDrop as the satellites in question are usually smaller and usually help (or harm) the heroes in their quest instead of causing mass destruction everywhere.

The Save Sat can be anything from a humble communications satellite to a space station.

This can quite possibly be a literal example of DeusExMachina ''and'' DeathFromAbove.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga ]]

* The final episode of ''GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex: 2nd Gig'', [[spoiler: the Tachikomas ram the satellite containing their AIs into a nuclear missile to save the lives of their comrades on the ground, all while singing a happy childrens song that symbolizes that they've finally learned of the concept of death, and aren't afraid to die for a good cause.]]
* In the English dub of ''Anime/YuGiOh'', Kaiba sets the Industrial Illusions satellite to crash into their mainframe, bringing down their computer defenses and allowing him to access the data at Duelist Kingdom (in the Japanese version, he's just using the satellite to hack into the mainframe.)

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''Film/IndependenceDay'': The sudden cut in the satellite communications network helps tip off the earthlings that the aliens are coming.
* The very end of ''MenInBlackIII'' had one of these avert a potential asteroid strike, but seemingly only Griffin was aware of it. A [[CatchPhrase close one]], indeed.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* The UNSC station ''[[http://www.halopedian.com/UNSC_Cradle Cradle]]'' in ''{{Halo}}: The Fall of Reach'', sacrificed with all its crew to absorb a Covenant barrage.
* ''Mindstar Rising'' by PeterFHamilton. Julia Evans uses her authority to stop Event Horizon's satellite from gaining higher orbit, as she's planning to drop it on the personal yacht of a CorruptCorporateExecutive she has a grudge against. [[spoiler:It ends up being dropped on the former communist dictator of Great Britain, when the two turn out to be involved in a conspiracy.]]

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* During the final dungeon of ''SkiesOfArcadia'', the sages of the Silver Shrine [[HeroicSacrifice crash their space-based home]] [[ColonyDrop into the dome around Soltis]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath to give the heroes a chance to get inside]].

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''MegasXLR'': When Megas faces off against a colossal Gloft mecha, a satellite taken down by a wayward missile Coop had fired earlier crashes into the Glorft machine and deactivates it.
* ''Series/YoungJustice: Invasion'': After numerous alien incursions using zeta beam technology, the Justice League sets up a series of satellites using technology provided by Adam Strange that prevents teleportation on to Earth from other worlds.
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