Charlie Rowe as Liam Cole
In Season 1, episode 2 of “Salvation,” MIT grad student Liam Cole (Charlie Rowe) and tech billionaire Darius Tanz (Santiago Cabrera) start working on a theoretically impossible piece of technology that may save the human race from the asteroid heading towards Earth. CBS

Are Darius Tanz (Santiago Cabrera) and Liam Cole (Charlie Rowe) going to invent a new and improved version of Goliath 2 in Season 1, episode 2 of “Salvation”?

According to the synopsis for the episode, tech billionaire Darius and MIT grad student Liam need to invent a theoretically impossible piece of technology to divert the asteroid heading towards Earth. While the episode summary doesn’t reveal the exact technology the two need to invent, events at the end of the series premiere suggest that the duo may be trying to come up with a new rocket that will launch the gravity tractor into outer space.

In the series premiere of the new CBS’ suspense drama, Deputy Secretary of Defense Harris Anders (Ian Anthony Dale) revealed to Darius, Liam and Pentagon Press Secretary Grace Darrow (Jennifer Finnigan) that the government is planning to use a gravity tractor to deflect the asteroid in collision course with Earth. Harris pointed out that even though the mass of the gravity tractor is small, it generates its own gravitational field that enables it to divert the asteroid’s path just enough to miss Earth.

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When Darius commented that the government still doesn’t have a rocket powerful enough to get the gravity tractor into the space, Harris corrected him, saying, “Well, actually [the government] does [have]. We’ve modified one of your rockets, the Goliath 2.”

Later in the episode, the government held a burn test of the Goliath 2. Harris, who is secretly in a relationship with Grace, told her that test went well. But with the help of a Pentagon staff member named Carn (Bill Turnbull), Grace found out that Harris lied to her because the truth is that Goliath 2’s burn test was a failure. Grace would perhaps inform Darius and Liam about the failed burn test, and that would probably lead the two to invent a new technology that would effectively launch the gravity tractor into space.

Elsewhere in next week’s episode, Liam heads home to Boston to track down critical research but finds something shocking instead.

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“Salvation” Season 1, episode 2, titled “Another Trip Around the Sun,” airs on Wednesday, July 19 at 9 p.m. EDT on CBS.