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SatCom Array NW-05a is a satellite communications array, part of the SatCom arrays in the northwest of the Capital Wasteland in 2277. It is located further west of NN-03d, between Fort Constantine and the MDPL-05 power station.


NW-05a is populated by members of the Talon Company and a female ghoul wastelander.


The SatCom array's interior opens into a large room with a staircase that leads up to a second floor with a workbench with a bottlecap mine on it. The stairs also lead to a small alcove with a ladder. Climbing the ladder will lead to the satellite dish at the top of the array.

Notable loot


  • There are five armed frag mines positioned near the exterior entry door at ground level.
  • The wastelander cannot be enslaved using the Mesmetron, she will frenzy instead. The resulting fire-fight typically ends with her death.
  • One of the Talon Company sentries is on an upper catwalk that is not accessible from within the tower or by exterior ladder. The sentry gets up there by climbing the tower itself. Shooting him stops his climbing script, allowing him to be killed. Should he reach the upper catwalk, it is possible to reach him by dropping through the dish above.
  • Sometimes, after The Waters of Life, the Talon Company will be replaced with Enclave troopers.
  • The interior is very similar to that of Old World Blues's X-2 transmitter antenna array, with the same escalating stairs form and ladder/exiting hatch to the dish.
  • The locations of the two other SatCom arrays NN-03d and NW-07c (mentioned in the wastelander's notes) will be put on the map in the Pip-Boy upon decryption using the computer terminal in the tower above.
  • A short way to the southwest is a radioactive depression. After The Waters of Life, within the depression should be a few Enclave troops.
  • Near the entrance, there is a sign indicating that the SatCom array is a fallout shelter, even though it is above ground.


The SatCom Array NW-05a appears only in Fallout 3.