The last of the mobile launching platforms is in place, and three passengers in the shuttle – Captain Lisa Hayes, Commander Claudia Grant, and their Zentraedi ally signal the all-clear.
In the Skull-1, Captain Rick Hunter’s hand clutches the launch control with eager anticipation. After two years of reconstruction, patrols, and police actions against the growing number of renegade Zentraedi on the planet – space is about to be his to fly in once again. He remembers his first meeting with Roy on Macross Island, how shocked he was to hear Roy say that flying stunts didn’t hold the kind of excitement flying Veritechs did. He chuckles out loud – and impatiently awaits the countdown.