Orbital Air is a corporation based out of Nairobi, Kenya that specializes in cargo and passenger transport to Earth orbit. The major shareholder is Antoine DuBois and he is located in Paris, he holds 15.2% of total shares. Other shareholders are located around the world in places like United States, France, Germany, Japan, and China.
In 2020, Orbital Air had a key position in the twenty-first century; with their amazing advances holding a large fleet of French-made Hermes spaceplanes they monopolize all orbital lifting capability, with the exception of a few governments, none of which however offers comparable services. Many corporations rely heavily on Orbital Air's services to transport cargo around the world. The Euro-Space Agency's Crystal Tower L-5 colony, a massive orbital hotel complex usually only for the ultra-rich, if it wasn't for them the hotel would go out of business. With all commercial space bound cargo dependent upon them, Orbital Air is in a lucrative position that it would like very much to maintain.
A huge part of Orbital Air's budget and covert resources is put to use ensuring that they remain as the absolute power in orbital technology, and that the competition does not make if off the ground. Currently, their eye is on the country of China, which is improving its commercial lift capability rapidly. Also, Euro-flight Corporation is expanding its operations, and expecting to bring orbital services on line soon. This has the corporation worried about its monopoly. The Johnson Orbital Facility is a transfer station for passengers bound for the Crystal Tower, where they switch from the space-planes to space transport shuttles assembled at the workstations owned by Orbital Air, or they are also purchased from the Euro-Space Agency.
In 2077, Orbital Air has been expanding its services and it's reached. All major cities in healthy enough countries will have an Orbital Air Space Center, containing all the conveniences and style of any airport. The space-planes used in these ports are almost always owned by Orbital Air themselves, that being said there are plenty not owned by them. In the regions of Europe it's more common to ride in a space-plane by ESA (Euro-Space Agency) and in Asia it's more common to ride in ones designed and owned by the JAB (Japanese Aerospace Bureau).
The Luxury comfort of an Orbital Air Space-Plane can only be experienced by attending one of the flights.
Equipment and Resources
- 35 orbit capable Hermes Scramjet space-planes
- 35 corporate jets
- 2 helicopters per office
- 70 AV-4 urban assault vehicles
- 15 Boeing C-25 heavy cargo jets
- 30 Osprey II V-TOL Aircraft
All major offices have a surgery capable infirmaries. Orbital Air is well equipped, and has access to almost all levels of military equipment. It is primarily interested in space defense and air-superiority weaponry to protect assets. In addition to the Johnson Facility, Orbital Air maintains two small maintenance and research workstations, and has a small fleet of orbital vehicles to transport crews between facilities.
- PONDSMITH, M. Cyberpunk 2020. 2nd ed. Berkeley CA; R.Talsorian Games, 1990. (pg.211)