|Weapon in Just Cause X: Global eXchange|
|Type||Satellite weapon platform|
|Weapons||High-velocity kinetic rods|
|Used by||The Agency|
|Speed||Placed on geostationary orbit|
In the aftermath of the Panau crisis, a new Cold War evolved, but a new "space race" evolved as well. However this time, unmanned craft ruled the day. As Japan was the first nation to violate the Outer Space Treaty, other global powers such as the United States, Russian Federation and China started to militarize space developments as well, dwarfing Japanese program in comparison. Many advancements were made, but the most successful was the American "Astarta" program, conducted by Rage-Johnston corporation and DARPA. The idea was based around a network of satellites with kinetic super-high density rods to bombard ground targets; a single rod yields a power roughly equivalent of 5 kilotons of TNT, making it as deadly as some nuclear weapons.
Apart from atomic munitions and EMP, Astarta kinetic strikes is the only thing capable of piercing through Bavarium shielding.
These satellites were used only once by request of The Agency to strike the Russian Gravitic Defence Grid (GDG) at Koska Island of Kyungastan, as well as missile systems at the beginning of Act II of JCX, which made possible the further American incursion and USMC landing on Kyungastani soil. Otherwise, the GDG-defended island would have been unconquerable and indestructible. This operation nearly caused a thermonuclear war, so further use of Astarta in Kyungastani campaign was prohibited.