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While a Kill Sat 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 Big Bad'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 a plan.

Different from a Killsat since a Save Sat usually rams into something, and different from a Colony Drop 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 Deus ex Machina and Death from Above.


Anime & Manga

  • Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex: 2nd Gig: In the final episode, the Tachikomas ram the satellite containing the A.I.s into a nuclear missile to save the lives of their comrades on the ground, all while singing a happy children's song that symbolizes that they've finally learned of the concept of death, and aren't afraid to die for a good cause.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!: In the English dub, 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.)

Films — Live-Action

  • Battleship: The aliens' communication ship collides with a random satellite orbiting Earth while traveling at interstellar speed and crashes into Hong Kong. Sure, it's bad for the Chinese, but the fact that the aliens don't have a ready means of letting their homeworld know that Earth is ripe for the taking is the only reason humanity even has a chance.
  • Independence Day: The sudden cut in the satellite communications network helps tip off the earthlings that the aliens are coming.
  • Men in Black 3: The very end has one of these avert a potential asteroid strike, but seemingly only Griffin is aware of it. A close one, indeed.


  • Halo: The Fall of Reach: The UNSC station Cradle gets sacrificed with all its crew to absorb a Covenant barrage.
  • Mindstar Rising by Peter F. Hamilton: 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 Corrupt Corporate Executive she has a grudge against. It ends up being dropped on the former communist dictator of Great Britain, when the two turn out to be involved in a conspiracy.


  • The Cruxshadows: The plot of the story concept in Telemetry of a Fallen Angel, in which it's implied the "save" is in a spiritual/metaphorical as well as literal sense.

Video Games

Western Animation

  • Megas XLR: 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.
  • Young Justice (2010): 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 to Earth from other worlds.