What is the benefit of launching a satellite "a few days before the monthly report"



  • I've seen this hint in the game as well as on this site and I've been wondering if there is any specific advantage to launching satellites closer to the monthly report rather than any time during that month.

    The way I see it, monthly maintenance costs are taken out during the reports (correct me if i'm wrong), so regardless of when you launch it during the month it would cost the same.

    Is the benefit of holding on to them longer simply a safety net in case some countries go into the red during that time?



  • The effects of launching a satellite are:

    1. Immediate panic reduction in the country you launch the satellite in.
    2. Monthly income from the country you are providing satellite coverage to.

    Waiting until month end to launch satellites is the most efficient way to manage panic without losing out on the funding increases from satellite coverage.

    If a country is already at max panic and something happens to panic that country again, there is no effect. So by waiting, sometimes you can have a country at max panic "absorb" some panic that you would have needed to deal with if you launched the satellites earlier.

    There is no funding benefit for an early launch. As long the satellite is launched before the council report at the end of the month, you get full funding from that country when the council gives its month-end report. The funding increases easily offset any maintenance costs.



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