Launch tube (TRS)
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A Galactica type battlestar has a total of 80 launch tubes, forty per flight pod . The length of each launch tube is 170 feet (The Plan). The launch tubes fit one Viper at a time and are each controlled by a launch supervisor, who are in turn managed by the Landing Signal Officer. The launch supervisor can observe the tubes from a control booth with a wide view port. After running the preliminary checks on the Viper, the launch supervisor presses the launch button and a magnetic catapult throws the Viper out at great speed.
The following quote depicts the standard launch sequence (in this case for a launch of the Blackbird):
The launch tubes are separated from the hangar deck by large airtight metal doors. When these doors close after the ship is in the tube, the doors at the end of the tube open, allowing the tube to open up into space. Ships are returned to the hangar deck from the landing bay via elevators.
On Galactica only the port launch tubes are operational. The starboard hangar deck was converted into a gift shop to go with the planned museum in the starboard landing bay prior to the destruction of the Twelve Colonies. However, the starboard landing bay is depressurized due to the crashlanding of a Cylon Heavy Raider through the windowed enclosure when Galactica holds off a Cylon force while attempting to recalculate the coordinates of the Fleet (Scattered).
Following humanity's exodus from New Caprica, the launch tubes are used as impromptu courtrooms and execution chambers by the Circle, a group commissioned by President Tom Zarek to try, convict and sentence humans who collaborated with the Cylons during their occupation of New Caprica. The Circle would execute convicted collaborators by depressurizing the launch tubes and venting the convicts to space (Collaborators). Cally Tyrol later uses a launch tube to attempt to kill herself and her son Nicholas, but is stopped by Tory Foster, who takes Nicholas, only to space Tyrol herself (The Ties That Bind).