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The orbital command is an upgrade to the terran command center. It was previously known as the surveillance station.[1]

OverviewEdit

The number of command centers deployed in combat zones drove the development of standard schematics to upgrade them into a dedicated military role. One variant was the orbital command.[2] The ATVX orbital command entered service following the Brood War and allows space assets to better assist ground forces;[1] it includes a satellite comlink useful for reconnaissance.[3]

Structures similar to orbital commands and planetary fortresses were in use by the Kel-Morian Combine by 2502.[4]

Game StructureEdit

The orbital command retains all of the command center's functionality except it may no longer load SCVs, or be changed into a command center or planetary fortress. The orbital command takes over the role of StarCraft's ComSat station with the Scanner Sweep ability.

MultiplayerEdit

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Transform Command Center to Orbital Command

The command center can transform into an orbital command. The transformation is irreversible.

Usage
Hotkey B
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 25Time SC2 Game1 Command center
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Upgrades and Abilities
Acquisition
Purchased from Engineering bay
Hotkey B
Cost 150 Minerals Terran SC1 150 Gas Terran SC1 100Time SC2 Game1
ve

The orbital command has the ability to temporarily clear the fog of war and detect all cloaked units within the target area, analogous to the ComSat station in StarCraft.

Usage
Hotkey C
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1
Duration 12Time SC2 Game1
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Calldown: MULE

An orbital command summons one MULE via drop pod. If the ability is targeted on a mineral patch the MULE will begin mining automatically, extracting 45 minerals per trip. The ability may be used only on areas uncovered by the fog of war.

Usage
Hotkey E
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1
Duration 64Time SC2 Game1
ve
Calldown: Supplies

The orbital command can target a supply depot to permanently grant it an extra 8 supply. The modified supply depots look different, but are still capable of raising and lowering themselves.

This ability is disabled during campaign play.

Usage
Hotkey X
Cost 50 Energy Terran SC1
ve

This structure can lift off, enabling it to fly. It cannot produce units or conduct research while in flight, and must leave add-ons behind.

Usage
Hotkey L
Cost 2 (for lifting off and landing)Time SC2 Game1
ve

Wings of LibertyEdit

See: Wings of Liberty command center
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Orbital Command

Upgrades all command centers to orbital commands.[5]

ATVX now manufactures a satellite comlink that can reveal unexplored areas on the map. The conlink can also call down a MULE. A MULE gathers much faster than an SCV and can produce a major surge in mineral production. Because it is a prototype, the MULE will come apart after a short period of time, but it is still well worth the cost.

Campaign Acquisition
Unlock Complete eleven missions.
Acquired from Hyperion armory for $125,000
ve

Nova Covert OpsEdit

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Covert Ops orbital command model

A Covert Ops Crew orbital command structure exists within the map editor.

Co-op MissionsEdit

Orbital commands are exclusive to Jim Raynor in Co-op Missions.

DevelopmentEdit

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Early render of the surveillance station

The orbital command's functions were originally possessed by the sensor tower (albeit prior to the conception of the MULE). Its design was carried out after that of the planetary fortress, and didn't undergo much variation.[6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Karune. 2009-02-18. StarCraft II Q&A - Batch 49. Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion Forum. Accessed 2009-02-18.
  2. SC2 Command Center. Accessed on 2008-18-11
  3. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard). PC. Armory upgrades (in English). 2010.
  4. Furman, Simon (w), Federico Dallocchio (p, i), Milen Parvanov (col). "StarCraft #2" StarCraft 1 (2) (June 24, 2009) DC Comics (Wildstorm).
  5. Blizzard Entertainment. StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty. (Activision Blizzard) (in English). July 27, 2010
  6. 2011, Terran Command Center. Deviantart, accessed on 2011-05-30