Telsat 4 was a satellite rocket that featured prominently at the start of Ricochet.
The Telsat 4 satellite was a radio and TV satellite being launched by an automated launch computer. However, after the separation of the rocket's first stage, a major malfunction was encountered causing the second stage of the rocket to fail to separate and manual control to stop working. In space, the rocket self-destructed, while the Pirate Satellite Radio Station KLA happened to be passing through the area of its destruction, heavily damaging KLA.
- The name "Telsat" is most likely a parody of the real life American "Telstar" satellite program that started in 1962.