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The Vigilant is the standard orbital satellite used by the Colonial forces. The oldest version still in use mounts a pair of Megatron Torpedo launchers which in later models have been replaced by a Solenite Missile launcher, Telview Extension Pods, or the newest with Heavy Pulsar Lasers. The secondary weapons remain relatively unchanged for millenia. These OSATs are unmanned and are usually controlled by a small outpost on the planet or by orbital units.
The Marine Assault Unit, or MAU, is the building block of Colonial Marine combat forces, a reinforced battalion designed for independent deep-space operations far from reinforcement or logistical support. At minimum each MAU has the logistical capacity for thirty days of combat operations.