There is another option. You could try and salvage the satellite and sell it.
Will that work?
It's called industrial espionage and it works all the time. It's how the Japanese got so good at making cars.
Until the 1960's all Japanese cars had 5 wheels and were made of dried leaves. Worked awfully. Then they broke into America and stole the 4 wheel idea.
Is any of that true?
It must be, otherwise Cracked wouldn't be able to publish it.
Since then though, they've been pretty steady and sober.
Anyways, there are bound to be tons of buyers out there for satellite technology. You could easily make back enough to cover your losses.
Sure. See if you can find a count who drapes himself in molybdenum jewelry, and loves lisping about his obsession with chaos. Then ask him if he needs a satellite.
Are you serious?
No. But more realistically, you could try hitting up pornography companies.
Pornography companies are completely dependent on public networks for the distribution of their product, and consequently at the mercy of governments across the world. And if the largest, stupidest government gets it in their head to do something about that...
A throttle or outright block on certain low-moral activities. Pornogeddon. As if millions of voices cried out in frustration, and were suddenly silenced.
That doesn't sound very likely.
Given the billions of dollars at risk, it doesn't have to be very likely to be a concern. Conclusion: pornographers would love to have their own satellites capable of beaming recreational-reproduction-themed content to their rosey-palmed audience.
Heh. That's cute.
Like you don't know.
I get that the Internet is full of boobs, but I mean, that's like the public face of the industry. I can't just go into one of those topless chat rooms and ask Hazel Thighs if her bosses want to buy a satellite, can I?
That would actually be pretty funny. Watching Hazel struggle to piece together what the fuck you're talking about. Scratching her head, talking to someone off camera.