Reaching for Stars

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Reaching for Stars is the 11th mission in the Japanese version of Ace Combat 3: Electrosphere and the second mission in the UPEO (III) arc.


General Resource has launched an attack on a Neucom space development base. Their strategy is to strike during rocket launch preparations. We the UPEO will take Neucom's request, and take charge of defending that base. Sortie immediately, and stop General Resource's invasion.


The mission's primary targets are ten Antlions that are descending to the base. In addition, there are three F/A-32Cs and one C-17B.

If the Antlions are destroyed in under 2 minutes, five F/A-32Cs will spawn as reinforcements, three of which are targets. Abyssal Dision is also present, flying a F-22C, but he cannot be targeted or shot down.

If any Antlions survive past 2 minutes, the player receives a mission update to destroy the landed Antlions. This mission update results in a Mission Over, restricting the player to a D-Rank.

If the landed antlions have not been destroyed until they close to silo, this mission results Mission Failed and must be retried.

Enemy Lists

Standard Units

Section Unit Count Notes
Initial Icon-GroundTGT.svg Antlion 10
Icon-AirEnemy.svg F/A-32C 3
Icon-AirEnemy.svg C-17B 1
Mission Update Icon-AirTGT.svg F/A-32C 3
Icon-AirEnemy.svg F/A-32C 2

Special Units

Section Unit Notes
Mission Update Icon-AirEnemy.svg F-22C "Dision" [note 1]


Obtaining an A-Rank requires destroying 18+ enemies and destroying the Antlions before they land. If the Antlions land, the player will earn a Mission Over and a D-Rank.[1]


General Resource's attack has been stopped, and Neucom's rocket is safe and right on orbit.


  1. This unit cannot be targeted or shot down.


  1. Ace Combat 3: UPEO Route. Geocities. Retrieved on August 23, 2017.