A space platform constructed in space at much expense by S.H.I.E.L.D., the space station is more infamous as an early attempt at a government-funded mutant detention and research facility.
Reportedly constructed at no little cost, the space station was first seen just prior to the Kree-Skrull War, by which time it had already been operating for some time and had been visited by dignitaries and scientists when it was first seen. While Nick Fury was overseeing the space station's operations, the Avengers came aboard to use it as an orbiting launchpad for a specialized space shuttle to take the interstellar flight to the Skrulls' home world in the Andromeda Galaxy.
Unfortunately, perhaps due to political pressure brought on by H. Warren Craddock following the Avengers' use of the space station, it was decommissioned and reassigned. Political manipulation by members of the Council of the Chosen resulted in the space platform falling under the control of Stephan Lang's Project: Armageddon. Intended for merely studying the presence of mutants on Earth, the project was corrupted by Lang, who used the space station as the secret headquarters for a small army of faulty Sentinels he'd constructed with the intention of kidnapping and imprisoning mutants, beginning with members of the X-Men. With the aid of Peter Corbeau and Starcore, the X-Men raided the space station, destroying the Sentinels and rescuing their teammates. Extensive damage caused the platform to be abandoned by project personnel, although Lang was apparently killed and his misuse of government funds left unrevealed.
The space station was later reclaimed and rebuilt by S.H.I.E.L.D. It was from the station that a solar flare, pulled from the sun by Graviton in an effort to destroy the city of Attilan in the Himalayas, was tracked by the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents on board. They also witnessed Black Bolt as he used his particle/energy channeling to create a counter-wave of energy that snuffed out the flare.
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