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This article is about a subject from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." It has some level of canonicity within the continuity, but reader discretion is advised.[?]
Solis Space & Aeronautics was a private space flight and launch vehicle development company based in Colorado. Solis got its start doing Air Force Space Command work for the Peterson Air Force Base, eventually building its own spaceport and relocating there in 2016. Hal Emmerich had several contacts at Solis, and his adoptive daughter Sunny would later join the company.
Since late 2017, Solis carried out launch tests almost every day, greatly improving upon the days of preparation once required for test launches into space. This allowed them to reroute one of their launch vehicles for Raiden in 2018, with little issue, so long as it did not break the atmosphere, with the flight only traveling as far as the thermosphere. Raiden utilized the launch from Solis's facility to make a rapid flight into Pakistan. They also had a contract with NASA's C3PO and COTS divisions to perfect their RLVs to allow for space tourism, the latter for handling space deliveries to the International Space Station for the most part, as the costs were decreasing for space travel and people having a vested interest in industrial zero-gravity experiments, with Sunny and Raiden also speculating that they'll have serious space tourism before long, compounded by the Russians building and opening their first Space Hotel.
Notes and references
- ^ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Kojima Productions/Platinum Games (2013).
Doktor: You know, this kind of space launch once required days of preparation... // Raiden: Solis has been conducting test flights almost every day for the last six months. So long as we don't break atmosphere, they said they can reroute today's flight, no problem. // Doktor: Amazing: "The Earth is the cradle of humanity, but mankind cannot stay in the cradle forever." // Raiden: (Heh) I'm only going as far as the thermosphere. This thing can't pass the Kármán line. That lunar vacation will have to wait.
Raiden and Doktor had this conversation in May 2018, when preparing to go to Pakistan to stop Operation Tecumseh.