- Advanced Combat satellite. Requires Orbital Automation technology, 4 Petroleum and 1 Titanium.
- Attack targets on the ground. Ranged strength: 120
- Lifespan: 30 turns
- Range: 2 tiles
This satellite is the Ion cannon of Civilization Beyond Earth. It can launch a devastating energy beam capable of vaporizing anything on the ground with impunity. Although its range is slightly smaller than the Laser Satellite, the huge power of the Planet Carver more than compensates for it. This unit is capable of one-shooting most middle-game-level units, and is also highly effective against late game and Ultimate units. Use it whenever you can in serious battles!
In Universe information Edit
The Planet Carvers were originally designed as non-military tools, intended to help with heavy duty mining operations. Using many of the same technologies as the Orbital Laser, the Carvers add into the mixture a fusion reactor which triggers a short-lived nuclear blast, whose energy is then focused down to the surface. The result, however, was deemed too destructive for civilian purposes, as many times the residual heat of the blast damaged beyond repair any machinery within a 50-mile radius around the target. Of course, this was good news for military commanders who requisitioned the technology and soon turned it into their most destructive weapon.
It bears to mention that the real output of the Planet Carver's beam has never been accurately measured as all tech capable of doing that has been vaporized during the experiments.
The Planet Carver is the next evolution of the Orbital Laser. Originally conceived as an air-to-surface mining tool, it was quickly co-opted by the military industrial complex and modified for use in orbital assault. As the Planet Carver was originally designed to bore through a planet’s crust, it is capable of delivering a much greater blast than the Orbital Laser and has only been estimated. The exact measurement of the Planet Carver’s strength is unverifiable, as all attempts at measurement have been incinerated in the blast.