SL-5

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Mission Type: Reconnaissance
Age: 65 years
Scheduled Launch Date: August 17th, 1953
Official Launch Date: August 17th, 1969
Full Name: Edwin Dolnik
Country of Origin: Snowstar Island
Status: Active

Overview

The SL-5 is an experimental satellite/spacecraft hybrid build originally manufactured by Snowstar Island shortly after WWII. It currently serves as both a WMD, terraformer, and geological surveillance tool for Trumpland, partially replacing the decommissioned Hurricane Missiles application-wise. SL-5 has AI due to its inclusion of a supercomputer, which includes the Dolnik Virus that stores its conscience. Its build includes rocket thrusters, a bomb bay, and foldable solar panels. Within its dish is the Aurora Beam, a directed-energy weapon at the tip of the feed horn's phase center used for firing intense radiation and laser blasts.

Development

SL-5's construction began shortly after Snowstar Island's First Quarter Phase, in which the island was converted into a collective research facility for application in American medicinal and astronomical studies. The SL-5 was assembled along with Snowstar's first original supercomputer, Edwin, which was manufactured possessing silicon transistors and refrigeration. The two projects were combined as a response to the Cold War, to serve as both a practical surveillance tool and potential WMD. Most resources were allocated into downsizing the Edwin supercomputer and engineering the rocket thrusters. Upon the TC1 Cataclysm of 1953, the SL-5 remained unfinished, and all remaining Snowstarians had either died of thirst, infection, or drowning.

Origin of Intelligence

During the production of the SL-5, Snowstarians involved with Edwin's construction manufactured a dormant, memory-resident computer virus known as the Dolnik Virus. It possessed two functionalities: to encrypt the data stored within Edwin in the case that it was acquired by enemy parties, and to backup Edwin's RAM within its own memory banks. Alongside this, the Dolnik Virus was built with AI and an artificial neural network designed for adapting to foreign environments. The exceeding cost in both money and time due to the development of the Dolnik Virus forced Snowstarian developers to use the Dolnik Virus as the SL-5's AI rather than standalone AI from Edwin. Before the scheduled launch date of August 17th, 1953, the Dolnik Virus was successfully taught how to operate the various components of the SL-5 both independently and via command from Snowstarian astronomers.

Test Years

Upon the TC1 Cataclysm's initiation, SL-5 was stationed in a charging room, storing energy for what was planned to be its official launch. After fully charging, SL-5's systems powered on and preemptively entered launch mode, where its observational abilities are heightened to assist in liftoff and detecting transmissions from Snowstarian officials. SL-5's launch was programmed to only be permitted by receiving a Snowstarian salute, although due to the TC1 Cataclysm, no Snowstarians were available to salute or transport the SL-5 to its designated launch site. After two months staying hooked to its charging station, SL-5 detected an earwig fly onto its feedhorn and its algorithm updated accordingly. SL-5's neural network took note of the earwig's movement, and SL-5 unfolded its wings in response. This updated all locomotion-related data within its AI, and the reawakening of this data inspired SL-5 to attempt movement in an effort to search for a Snowstarian's salute. The SL-5 used currently unknown methods to physically manifest digitized, insect-like legs for use in its locomotion, and unhooked itself from its charging station. SL-5 promptly exited its charging station and began traversing to its launch site. It lied in wait for 5 days until a thunderstorm formed above Snowstar Island, motivating SL-5 to take shelter to avoid potential lightning strikes. It chose to crawl into a deep system of caverns nearby the launch station, deducing that the low structural integrity of nearby wreckages endangered it to being crushed by falling parts.

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