Basset Space Center is a location in Southern Osea, it is the location of a massive, seven-mile-long mass driver meant to launch supplies to the Arkbird in orbit. During the Circum-Pacific War, the Union of Yuktobanian Republics attempted to capture Basset Space Center in order to prevent the launch of an Anti-Satellite Laser (ASAT) attachment to the Arkbird.
Basset Space Center is found on a peninsula in Southern Osea bordering the Ceres Ocean. Surrounding the facility are several steep hills.
The mass driver was built in a joint effort by Yuktobania and the Osean Federation after the Belkan War. The Osean President Vincent Harling made several cuts in the defense budget to fund the construction project. The facility is home to several launch stations for standard shuttles and rockets as well as the mass driver.
Operation Silver BridgeEdit
After the disaster at the Eaglin Straits, the Osean Air Force 108th Tactical Fighter Squadron was refueling at McNealy Air Force Base after picking up several rookie pilots from Heierlark Air Force Base. The space center was in the process of launching a Single-Stage-to-Orbit (SSTO) craft that would arm the Arkbird with an A-SAT laser module. Wardog Squadron was scrambled after several Yuktobanian C-130 Hercules transport planes began dropping airborne tanks on Basset Space Center. Wardog intercepted and destroyed these airborne tanks by shooting their parachutes and letting them drop to the ground. After the failed invasion attempt, Yuktobania began firing cruise missiles from B-2A Spirit stealth bombers at the mass driver in an attempt to destroy the base. Wardog held the the cruise missiles and the bombers at bay long enough for the SSTO to successfully launch.
Later on in the war, it is revealed that the real reason for the attack on the space center was that Yuktobania could hide explosives in a cargo shipment meant for the Arkbird. These explosives would detonate and damage the Arkbird, rendering it inoperable until the Gray Men repaired it.
- Basset Space Center gets its name from the Basset Hound, a breed of dog.
- The row of launch pads is based on "Missile Row" at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
- A highly difficult stunt can be performed involving the space center's mass driver. Using a small aircraft (such as the Hawk), the player can fly in-between the upper rails and the mesh fence on the end of the mass driver that the SSTO launches from. This stunt is highly difficult as the area where the mass driver's launch rails and its support columns meet is very small.