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REPCONN Aerospace
REPCONN logo2.png
Company data
IndustryAerospace Systems
ProductsAlternate Fuels
Rockets
Weapons
Safety Barrels
People
Key peopleLeonard Steeple - Former vice president
Carl Rook - Vice president
Julia Masters - CFO
Piers Isley - General manager
Sara Wang - Information systems
Xuan Duong - Senior Engineer
Steve Reynolds - Launch Facility project manager
Gordon Pesce - Senior engineer
Martin Neimeyer - Senior Engineer
Stacy Johnson - Junior engineer
Daniel Knevett - Human Resources manager
Locations
CountryUnited States of America
HeadquartersREPCONN headquarters
LocationsREPCONN test site
Corporate connections
Parent entityRobCo Industries
 
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REPCONN Aerospace (Rocket Engineering and Production COmpaNy of Nevada)[1][2] was a company based in Henderson, Nevada that specialized in rocket manufacture and production of alternate fuel sources, both plasma and fission based, primarily for the U.S. government. Their headquarters and test site can still be found in the Mojave Wasteland.

Background[edit | edit source]

Formed in 2054 after the famous Delta IX rocket was developed and launched, its original purpose was to develop new orbital propulsion systems in response to the energy crisis of 2052. Its first line of research was nuclear fission-based propulsion, which was soon succeeded by plasma-based propulsion.[3] Their earliest experiments in flight were almost uniformly disastrous,[4] but the company managed to continue functioning and expanding. As REPCONN was dealing with slow business, two corporate giants, Poseidon Energy and RobCo Industries, made attempts to buy out the company. The former's bid was seen off by a decisive action by REPCONN's board of directors under the lead of Vice President Leonard Steeple and Chief Financial Officer Julia Masters, maintaining Steeple's intention to keep the company as far away from defense contracts as possible.[5]

RobCo eventually managed to acquire the company after a year of buying shares from 2075 to 2076,[3][6] when Steeple's allies turned against him. The Vice President tried to rally the board again and sought help from Masters,[5] but while the CFO officially agreed to support him,[7] she was actually working with General Manager Piers Isley to sell the company.[8] Citing the profit of a merger with RobCo (not to mention avoiding a hostile takeover and a much less amicable transition), Isley and Masters managed to undermine Steeple's position in the company and get the board of directors to pass a vote of no confidence against Steeple, after he refused to even consider selling his part of the company, in order to maintain their independence and integrity. Failing the vote, Steeple stepped down from his position as Vice President.

All the time, the company continued its research into rocketry and astronautics. However, the research efforts were severely hampered by a disaster during one of the experiments, where a poor work ethic, cutting corners, and an underqualified team caused a disastrous radiation spill that would take decades to clear up, significantly weakening REPCONN's position with RobCo. The launch facility manager responsible for the disaster, Steve Reynolds, used his old friend, Martin Neimeyer, as scapegoat.[9]

With no obstacle in the way, the company was acquired by RobCo Industries. Carl Rook, transferred from RobCo's security division, became the next Vice President, focusing on improving the security within the company.[10] Robert House, CEO of RobCo, used the newly acquired company for a weapons research program for Colonel Moretti of the US military, repurposing REPCONN's proprietary plasma rocket propulsion system. However, the program was not free of setbacks: a mole was leaking information on the development of the project to Poseidon Energy. Although this was detected by REPCONN's IT specialist Sara Wang, who managed to partially decode them, there was not enough concrete evidence to take official action against Poseidon.[11][12]

By 2077, the Matter Modulator project completed, with the first fully working prototype assembled and working. In an ironic twist, it was made possible by Project Semele schematics, acquired by Xuan Duong's sources inside Poseidon Energy.[13] Called the "urban plasma rifle," these new weapons were slated to enter full military service.[14] Poseidon Energy's mole, Julia Masters, was tasked with intercepting the prototype on its way to the Department of Defense. The weapon was never delivered, interrupted by the Great War.[15]

Products[edit | edit source]

Behind the scenes[edit | edit source]

  • REPCONN is most likely a reference to the real company PEPCON, which until the 1990s operated a space fuel production facility also in Henderson, Nevada, near Las Vegas. The PEPCON facility was destroyed in a fire and subsequent massive explosions of improperly stored Space Shuttle fuel oxidizer. The REPCONN experiment demonstration for RobCo that ended in disaster is likely a reference to this incident.
  • The REPCONN logo also resembles the font style and logo of Boeing, a major defense/aerospace manufacturer.
  • The tour guide gives two dates for RobCo's procurement of REPCONN: 2075 and late 2076.[6]

Bugs[edit | edit source]

  • PCIcon pc.png PlayStation 3Icon ps3.png Xbox 360Icon xbox360.png REPCONN is spelled "REPCON" on each of the four security awareness posters.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

References

  1. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.320: "[2.35] REPCONN Headquarters
    REPCONN Corporation was an up-and-coming regional aerospace firm, and keen contributor to Las Vegas political campaigns. They operated a test facility in the Black Mountains to the south (much to the chagrin of the local populations, who long complained of the "REPCONN bombs" landing in their fields and destroying property). The company was purchased by the giant RobCo Company just before the Great War, in a hostile takeover. New security countermeasures were installed, and more militaristic plans were undertaken, especially after the discovery of a special radioactive igniting agent that interested certain senior RobCo members. These countermeasures are still in effect, so investigate this building with caution."
    (Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)
  2. Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition p.407: "[5.17] REPCONN Test Site
    The remains of the old REPCONN (Rocket Engineering Production Company of Nevada) test plant, along with its landmark rocket launch dome, have sat idle over the years, and are now home to Feral Ghouls who come to terrorize the inhabitants of nearby Novac [5.18]. However, within the facility, there's a prolonged stalemate going on between a band of Nightkin, devolved from Marcus' forces up at Jacobstown [1.10] and lead by a deranged man-mountain named Davidson. They are attempting to locate shipments of Stealth Boys. The (marginally) sane ghouls are led by an intelligent, messianic glowing ghoul who dreams of escaping with his followers in the plant's remaining rockets."
    (Fallout: New Vegas Official Game Guide Collector's Edition Tour of the Mojave Wasteland)
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Courier: "REPCONN's history."
    Tour guide: "REPCONN's illustrious history began way back in 2054, shortly after the famous Delta XI rocket was completed and launched. REPCONN's initial focus was on the development of fuel to be used in orbital propulsion in response to the energy crisis of 2052. Sad times, indeed. The company really took off when RobCo purchased REPCONN in late 2076 to develop unmanned rockets to explore the solar system."
    (Tour guide's dialogue)
  4. Tour guide: "Ready for the REPCONN tour, Rocketeers? Courtesy of the fine folks at RobCo, I'll be your guide today on the path of... Scientific. Discovery. In the lead-lined case behind me is a spent radioactive rod from of our old reactors. No need to stand too close, let's move along, shall we? Look here - a row of multi-colored plasma fuels! Careful, they may look safe to drink, but your stomach is the last place they should be. Why the difference in cylinder size? Refining our production methods has resulted in higher yields of fuel over time, that's why! To my right you can see a sample of some old "safety barrels" REPCONN once used to store radioactive waste. Perfectly safe. On my left is an example of a mountain of REPCONN safety barrels some legislators claim are poisoning our environment. Ridiculous. Behind me is our most recent rocket project, which we're keeping under our hats... until "launch," if you'll pardon the expression. And in front of me is a model - not actual size - of the launch dome we are using to send our rockets screeeeaming into orbit. Now these colorful fellows behind me are REPCONN's earliest... experiments in flight. Feel free to read the plaques and learn, Rocketeers! Now for the highlight of our tour! Due to a generous donation from RobCo, this next exhibit showcases the wondrous world of - robots! Around you are the incredible Eyebot, the fearsome Sentry Bot, and the always-helpful Mr. Handy. That helpfulness runs through our whole line! This is the final stop on our tour. This model of our solar system is a small example of where the partnership between RobCo and REPCONN hopes to go. See those little rockets zipping about? They are manned by robots, tirelessly looking for resources to mine on planets beyond our own. And that's it for our tour today, Rocketeers - RobCo and its tiny partner REPCONN thank you! Any further questions, please, feel free to ask."
    (Tour guide's dialogue)
  5. 5.0 5.1 REPCONN headquarters terminals; Terminal, Inter-office Correspondence #3262173
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Courier: "Tell me about RobCo."
    Tour guide: "RobCo industries purchased REPCONN in 2075 to assist with some of RobCo's military projects, as well as developing unmanned space exploration. The relationship between RobCo and REPCONN is mutually beneficial, and we hope that both companies bolster each other well into the next century."
    (Tour guide's dialogue)
  7. REPCONN headquarters terminals; Terminal, Inter-office Correspondence #3262178
  8. REPCONN headquarters terminals; Terminal, Inter-office Correspondence #3262719
  9. REPCONN headquarters terminals; REPCONN Administrator Terminal, Re: Retirement
  10. REPCONN headquarters terminals; Terminal, Inter-office Correspondence #345776
  11. REPCONN headquarters terminals; Terminal, Inter-office Correspondence #3458631
  12. Arcade Gannon: "I've read about REPCONN. I think they did some work with the... the government before the war. Rockets and some energy weapon prototypes, I think."
    (Arcade Gannon's dialogue)
  13. REPCONN headquarters terminals; Terminal, Inter-office Correspondence #3458503
  14. Future Weapons Today
  15. REPCONN headquarters terminals; Terminal, Encrypted Message