A Navy astronaut dies by falling to the ground at Vandenberg AFB, California, when a steel cable fails during an emergency-evacuation drill in preparation for a space-shuttle mission to repair a satellite. Harm and Meg investigate the death of the Naval aviator. The evidence first casts suspicion on an ambitious fellow astronaut, but a second casualty turns attention toward the possibility of the involvement of an agent of another nation. Harm and Meg find a disgruntled civilian worker whom a foreign agent has recruited. The mission goes on schedule, then, acting on a hunch, Harm and Meg enable the colonel in charge to avert the destruction of the satellite in need of repair. Harm twice flies again. Written by
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The EVA footage of the satellite capture was taken during the STS-49 mission in 1992 (the maiden flight of Orbiter "Endeavour"), when for the first time a three-man EVA was carried out to retrieve the failed Intelsat VI-F3 comsat after attempts to pick it up with the capture apparatus had been unsuccessful. See more
Even assuming that in the JAG universe Space Shuttle missions are flown from Vandenberg AFB (in real life plans to do this were scrapped following the "Challenger" accident in 1986), such a launch could never reach a satellite destined for geostationary orbit. Vandenberg sends satellites into polar orbit, launching them in a southerly direction; launching to the east, which would be needed to match orbits with the target satellite, would take the Shuttle over inhabited land during the ascent, which is prohibited. See more