When they blocked all satellite communications by superheating the stratosphere, Cobra used an array of Stratellites to maintain their own global communications.
The core is a helium balloon, made out of incredibly tough stuff called thermoplastics. The Stratellite hangs 20 miles over the Earth, way below the stratosphere, acting as a stationary communications platform for various types of wireless signals. Cobra's version of the Stratellite has a built-in anti-missile system capable of locking onto any engine signature and burning it out of the sky. All the Stratellites are connected by communications beams, capable of wireless energy transfer.
- Length: 245 ft in (75 m)
- Width: 145 ft in (44 m)
- Height: 87 ft in (26.5 m)
- Volume: 1.3 million ft³ (37,000 m³)
- Service ceiling: 70,000 ft (21,000 m)
- Dual envelopes, made of Dyneema (sometimes called Spectra)
- Navigation: 6 onboard GPS units connected to the ship's engines
- Payload capacity: 3,000 lb (1,400 kg)
- Cruising altitude: 65,000 ft (20,000 m)
- Lifting gas: Helium and Nitrogen
- Line-of-sight: 300,000 mile² (777,000 km²)
- Maximum duration aloft: 18 months
Stratellites first appeared in G.I. Joe: Resolute, launched from hidden silos on Cobra Island and forming a constellation surrounding the globes. When Dial-Tone realized the Stratellites were there, Tunnel Rat was put in charge of demolishing them.