The Earth Alliance has a GOD, or Global Orbital Defense-grid hanging over every planet and colony that it possesses. The bulk of these defense-grids is made up of Aegis satellites, with some defense-grids only numbering a few dozen of these satellites, while the Earth defense-grid numbers a few hundred of these weapon platforms. The GOD in its present form came into existence after the Earth-Minbari war, when the need was recognized for a line of defense that would be able to take out lots of enemy ships without undue personnel losses. Thus the GOD system was born, a layer of killer satellites that could be controlled from ground bases.
The Aegis satellite is almost entirely made up of weapons, munitions, armor, and power
The main weapon is a huge long range particle beam. This weapon requires prodigious amounts
of energy, but is more powerful than any weapon that Earth Force has ever mounted on a
starship. Because there is no radiation shielding used in the weapon, it is not advised
for any personnel to be aboard of the satellite when it is firing. The radiation produced in
each firing is enough to kill unshielded persons at once. Mounted on the exterior of the satellite
three huge radiators that are used to cool the Particle Beam between firings.
The secondary weapon systems are two Long Range Missile launchers. These can be used against both capital ships and fighters. The final weapon systems are three pulse cannons for point defense.
The Aegis satellite carries a reasonable amount of armor, and also carries a interceptor grid, although this is not of the same power as that of even the smallest capital ship.
Model: GOD satellite
Class: Aegis Satellite
Crew: None (fully automated)
MDC by Location:
|Particle Beam Cannon:||1,000|
|Medium Pulse Cannons (3):||300each|
|Missile Launchers (2) :||1,000 each|
| Main Body:||6,000|
| Radiators (3) :||200 each|
| Interceptor Grids (6):||500 per side|
 Depleting the MDC of the main body will put the satellite out of commission. All internal systems will shut down, including life support. The satellite itself will be an unsalvageable floating wreck.
The radiators are used only to cool the Particle Beam Cannon between firings. If one radiator is destroyed, the cannon cannot be fired for two rounds, instead of one. with each additional radiator destroyed, cooling down period is increased with another round.
 The Interceptor Grid gives only partial defense against energy weapons and as the system absorbs more damage this percentage of damage will be reduced. The system will absorb up to 1,000 MDC per side. Initially, the system will absorb 80% of damage from plasma weapons and pulse cannons (Actually another style of plasma cannon - does not work at this higher efficiency on other weapon systems that fire in pulses). This is because is it much easier to disperse plasma than an actually energy beam. The system does not absorb damage from rail guns, other projectile weapons, and from missiles. Initially, the ships will also absorb 40% of other styles of energy weapons as well (This includes non plasma style pulse weapons as well). For every 50 MDC that the system absorbs, the system will be reduced in effectiveness by 10% for subsequent strikes (Example: If an Interceptor Grid absorbs 100 MDC, the Interceptor Grid will only absorb 60% of plasma damage and 20% of the damage for any other energy weapon when struck next.) The defense grid recovers at the rate of 100 MDC per minute. The missile decoy portion of the system is described separately below.
Driving on the Ground: Not Possible.
Space Propulsion: The GOD satellite only has navigational thrusters for attitude and directional changes. It cannot travel any real distance with them.
Atmospheric Propulsion: The GOD satellite cannot operate within an atmosphere. If the satellite enters an atmosphere, it will crash.
Stardrive: Not applicable
Maximum Range: Not applicable
Height: 495 feet (148.5 meters)
Length: 1,000 feet (300 meters)
Width: 1052.3 feet (315.7 meters)
Weight: 660,000 tons (600,000 metric tons)
Power System: 2 General Fusion C-200 Fusion Reactors (4 year duration). However, it is recommended that the drive and power system have routine maintenance every 2 years.
Cost: 500 million credits to construct
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