During the war for Earth, travel outside of near-Earth orbit was cut off by an impenetrable energy field - the Cocoon. We can get capital ships up there, but anything past Luna is off-limits. The damndest thing is, we know where the control station is - but any circuitry passing through the field to get there gets fried as soon as it hits the screen.
Our engineers think they can get around it by generating an electromagnetic storm strong enough to punch through the field. If we can help ‘em build the storm device, we’ve got a shot at commandeering the station. Go out and recover enough components to build the device - R&D will do the rest.
Gen. Trevor “Tornado” Winters