Diane stabbed at the intercom switch near her and shouted, "Close hatches and launch!" It took her almost thirty seconds to run to the bridge. Just before she reached it, a voice sounded over the intercom, "All hatches secure!" Diane barely reached her seat and strapped in before the G-forces hit her while her ship climbed up into space to be the first to meet the enemy. "All right, battle stations! Launch fighters!" she commanded as they left the atmosphere behind.