The atmospheric-escape booster was a simple, cost-effective method to increase the deployment capabilities of the VF-1 series variable fighters. Rather than relying solely upon orbiting ARMD carriers to launch variable fighters into space, the UN Spacy made use of the atmosphere escape booster to send variable fighters stationed on Earth into orbit, where the booster could be easily discarded after launch. Eventually, advances in OverTechnology and improved design would enable future variable fighters to achieve orbit unassisted and the space booster would become a thing of the past.
|Type||atmospheric-escape booster for VF-1 variable fighter|
|Accommodation||pilot only in Marty & Beck Mk-7 zero/zero ejection seat|
|Mass||Standard liftoff 120.5 metric tons|
|Propulsion||22500 kg [x g] x 4 (220.73 kN x 4)|
|Thrust-to-weight ratio||(Empty) 6.45|
Bombs & Missiles