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The Vault - Fallout Wiki
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The satellite firing at night.

Highwater Trousers (Registration ID USDOD-21TXH)[1] is a Department of Defense[2] micro-nuclear weapons platform in geosynchronous orbit over the eastern seaboard of the United States. It is paired with a targeting platform which also controls movement of the satellite and aiming, but by 2077, the targeting component has deteriorated beyond use. As such, it remains locked onto the area near SatCom array NW-05a, ready to deliver its payload at moment's notice.[3][1] Highwater Trousers is not the only orbital nuclear weapons platform in existence, as military records indicate there were dozens, if not hundreds of them placed in orbit before the war.[4]


The player can activate the satellite using the Highwater Trousers' activation code found at SatCom array NW-05a. However, as the targeting platform is defunct, it will fire on a pre-determined area in the vicinity of the array.



  1. 1.0 1.1 SatCom array NW-05a terminals; Terminal, Log Entry #005: "What a lucky break! I pinged an orbiting body successfully today. Registration ID is USDOD-21TXH, callsign "Highwater Trouser". I'll begin tracking it and cross-reference the registration information with the data I've got."
  2. SatCom array NW-05a terminals; Satellite Control Terminal, Upload 'Highwater Trousers' Activation
  3. SatCom array NW-05a terminals; Terminal, Log Entry #006: "Turns out I don't have specific data on my satellite, but the registration format suggests that it's a stationary micro-nuclear weapons platform. Tracking data appears to confirm this; the thing hasn't moved in the week I've been tracking it. Without a targeting platform at my disposal, sending an activation code would only cause it to drop a payload directly on top of this area. Not exactly what I'm aiming for, but I'll keep the codes handy just in case."
  4. SatCom array NW-05a terminals; Terminal, Log Entry #003: "Finally got to begin on my work in earnest today. Dish motivators are offline, but I was able to input some basic coordinates and ping nearby satcom arrays to the southwest and east. There was some interference pinging the NN-03d array. Probably Radroaches or something making a nest in the dishes. It may be worth sending one or two of the mercs over there to clean it out in case I can use those towers to amplify my own signal.
    There were dozens of military satellites in orbit, just from the old records I found in the ruins. There must have been hundreds before the war. If I can find just a few operational platforms..."