Carol Ferris asked Tom to scrub the launch of a rocket with research technology after she noticed Batman and Robin fight the League of Shadows at the launch pad. Tom discovered that the systems were hacked, and that he could not stop the countdown.
Tom helped with the launch of the new Earth-Mars communications satellite. Fifty-two minutes before the scheduled launch, he reported all systems were ready. Mere minutes later, as a battle between the Team and Manta Troopers raged on the beach nearby, Tom asked Carol to abort. Carol declined, and instead brought down the countdown to two minutes. It launched safely, but to the shock of Tom and Carol, the rocket exploded in the air.