During the Dive itself, the pilots experience forces of up to 8.2G's, and velocities during the drop exceed 15,000 kilometers per hour. Ground forces usually smother the area in heavy metal particles to prevent the Divers from being targeted by Laser-class and Heavy Laser-class BETA, although the bombardment only works up to a minimum height; a short distance still exists inbetween the metal cloud and ground where the Divers are exposed to Laser-class fire.
Hives which had been attempted to be taken via Orbital Drops include:
"Divers" and "Chicken Divers"Edit
The pilots who are tasked with infiltrating a Hive after an orbital drop are known as "Divers", and Divers who survive to their third dive are known as "Chicken Divers". Casualty rates of the Orbital Diver Corps are among the highest of all TSF pilots due to their equipment and the nature of their operations.
Notable Orbital DiversEdit
These include, but are not limited to:
- The Orbital Divers are a reference to the Mobile Infantry of Starship Troopers.