Aperture Science Aerial Faith Plate

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{{Quote|This next test involves the Aperture Science Aerial Faith Plate. It was part of an initiative to investigate how well test subjects could solve problems when they were catapulted into space. Results were highly informative They could not. Good luck!|GLaDOS|Portal 2|Filefaith_plate_intro01.ogg}}

The '''Aperture Science Aerial Faith Plate''' is a testing element used throughout the Aperture Science Aperture Science Enrichment Center|Enrichment Center, introduced in ''Portal 2''.

== Overview ==
Created by Aperture Science from at least 1998, this catapult plate is part of a larger trust experiment designed to help Aperture Science discover whether the capacity for trust or solving problems could be affected by being catapulted into space. It was discovered that these attributes were negatively affected.''WikipediaGame Informer|Game Informer''

Upon contact, these platforms fling Test Subjects (and any objects, such as Aperture Science Weighted Storage Cube|Weighted Storage Cubes, Aperture Science Sentry Turret|Sentry Turrets, or Aperture Science Personality Construct|Personality Cores) into the air with a 50,000 pound-foot force, allowing them to bridge massive gaps or place Teleportation Science|portals in otherwise inaccessible areas.{{YouTube|l-Gc2vxD1y0|Aerial Faith Plate demonstration}} When a Faith Plate fails to launch the user, it will emit a distress beacon, causing the blue lights on it to flash into orange repeatedly. In the single-player campaign, GLaDOS uses this feature in a different manner, instead, she purposely "breaks" the Faith Plate herself while Chell is currently using it. GLaDOS repeatedly does this as an attempt to mock the latter's weight, constantly disabling it after each use before she finally decides to lower the ceiling that Chell was trying to reach.

Another remarkable experience in the single-player campaign, found in the chapter ''Portal 2 storyline Part Where He Kills You|The Part Where He Kills You'', is that the Faith Plates have the ability to launch users sideways, rather than in the direction in which they are pointing. This is done when Chell was in Wheatley's testing track Chamber 17|Test Chamber 17 of Wheatley's testing course. It is used to eject Chell and GLaDOS to a completely different location far from the test chamber, where they are then reeled into a death trap.

==Related Achievements==
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!style="text-alignleft"|Pturretdactyl (5G)
|''Use an Aerial Faith Plate to launch a turret.''

== Behind the scenes ==
* The Aerial Faith Plate was first introduced during the Portal ARG|''Portal'' ARG, in one of the ASCII art images given by the BBS, that later appeared to be a diagram depicting its functioning, as revealed by the April, 2010 issue of Game Informer. An updated and moving diagram was revealed during E3 2010.
* The original design of the Aerial Faith Plates were simply a non-layered Aperture Science Panel, in which a Panel is without any plating and is simply just a glass. This was changed as playtesters were struggling to tell the Faith Plate apart from the standard Panels. The overall design was changed to appear more as an actual device than just a standard Panel pushed by a Aperture Science Multitasking Arm|robotic arm.
* The standard Panel versions are still used in certain parts of the facility, such as in the Central AI Chamber in the chapter ''Portal 2 storyline Escape|The Escape'', and as part of Wheatley's death trap in the chapter, ''Portal 2 storyline Part Where He Kills You|The Part Where He Kills You''.
* An instance (prefab) for the standard Panel catapults can be found in the http//developer.valvesoftware.com/wiki/Portal_2_Authoring_Tools ''Portal 2'' Authoring Tools in the folder "gameplay" under the name "catapult_set_1300".

== Trivia ==
So far it is unknown why while the Aerial Faith Plate was already in use in 1998, even though it is not seen in the first ''Portal'', set several years later.http//gameinformer.com/b/podcasts/archive/2010/03/26/special-edition-podcast-portal-2.aspx Special Edition Podcast ''Portal 2'' - podcast on ''wikipediaGame Informer|Game Informer'' However, it is likely that Chell simply did not venture into testing tracks containing the Aerial Faith Plate during this time.

== Gallery ==
=== Pre-release ===

FileAerial faith plate poster.jpg|The original diagram.
File04907382.298.png|ASCII art version from the Portal ARG|''Portal'' ARG.
FileFaith plate diagram1.jpg|The updated diagram shown at E3 2010.
FileFaith plate diagram2.jpg|Ditto, showing a Test Subject flying off.
FileFaith plate ingame.jpg|The standard Panel catapult as seen in the http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=l-Gc2vxD1y0 E3 demonstration footage.
FileFaith plate orig.jpg|Original model.

=== Retail ===

FileP2 afp.jpg|The Faith Plate's components when ejecting.
FileSp a2 column blocker0027.jpg|Ditto, in a darkly lit area.
FileFaith plate hub.jpg|Faith Plate as seen in the Hub.
FilePeti faithplate.png|Aperture Science Aerial Faith Plate icon in ''Perpetual Testing Initiative''.

== List of appearances ==
* Portal ARG|''Portal'' ARG {{1st}}
* ''Portal 2''
* ''The Final Hours of Portal 2''
* ''Peer Review''
* ''Perpetual Testing Initiative''
*''Portal Pinball'' {{Nc}}
*''Lego Dimensions'' {{Nc}}

== References ==

== External links ==
* {{YouTube|l-Gc2vxD1y0|First demonstration video}}
* {{YouTube|ot_t57zoEms|Second demonstration video}}

CategoryPortal 2
CategoryAperture Science technology
CategoryAperture Science testing elements