SKYFALL deals with the threat of a nuclear satellite's malfunction causing damage and loss of life to Earth's inhabitants. Such a scenario appeared as a threat in 1979 with the descent of Skylab. Though nuclear impact was not the case with Skylab, the mass which could descend on a populated area caused concern to the world's population. There was much relief when the makeshift American space station (modified Apollo hardware) fell harmlessly into the Indian Ocean with a few of the larger pieces reaching a thinly populated area near Perth, Australia.
The cover artwork of SKYFALL is a magnificent rendering of a Soviet rocket cluster. Rather than wait for the development of an enormous rocket engine like the American F-1 (1,500,000 pounds of thrust), the Soviets expertly clustered smaller thrust systems to quickly achieve the lifting power necessary to loft a man into orbit. An example of Soviet rocket technology can be viewed by clicking here.