Skiffs refer to smallest of spacecraft that are often used for transportation.[Citation needed] Utilized by both the United Nations and the Martian Congressional Republic as well as by Outer Planets Alliance and civilians for transport between vessels, stations, and planets.
Variants include military dropships, short range shuttles, and repair skiffs.
- 1 Miliary/Government dropship Skiffs
- 2 Government shuttles/aircraft
- 3 Civilian skiffs
- 4 Construction skiffs
- 5 Civilian shuttles
- 6 Media
- 7 References
Miliary/Government dropship Skiffs[edit | edit source]
Chariot-type Dropship Skiff[edit | edit source]
The Chariot-type Dropship is a classification of dropship employed by the Martian Congressional Republic Navy. Scirocco-class assault cruisers can carry a complement of three Chariot-type dropships and several are carried in the internal hangars of Donnager-class battleships. They can carry a complement of twelve Martian Marines alongside a complement of Recon Marines equipped with Goliath Powered Armor.
L-Type Dropship Skiff[edit | edit source]
This class of ship is used by the United Nations Navy. It is designed to descend and ascend from a planet's surface into space as well as acting as a shuttle between ships. The L-Type bears a strong resemblance to the MCRN's Chariot-type.
It is known that Earth and Mars use several different models and variations of L-Type dropships. For example, the variant that was used to transport Chrisjen Avasarala and her retinue is shown to have a luxurious interior unlike the variant that was used for transportation of a captured OPA agent, which had a more utilitarian, military-like interior.
A complement of six L-Type Dropships are carried in the hangar bays of Truman-class dreadnoughts.
M-Type Dropship Skiff[edit | edit source]
A larger dropship than the L-Type. The M-Type Dropship Skiff is often used by the United Nations Marine Corps onboard Leonidas-class battleships. The larger capacity allows for large detachments of marines to be deployed.
Government shuttles/aircraft[edit | edit source]
The shuttle UN One is a VIP aircraft/shuttlecraft for use by the Secretary-General of the United Nations. The shuttle has a luxurious interior and is capable of being stored inside the hangar bay of a Leonidas-class battleship.
During diplomatic visit to Mars, then Secretary-General of the United Nations Chrisjen Avasarala arrived onboard this shuttle and later returned onboard it to Earth. During a moment of national security, the Secretary-General returned to this vessel, and it took off whilst a threat to Earth was present.
Civilian skiffs[edit | edit source]
Many various types of skiffs are in use by civilians across space. These vessels are always small, and usually with a single drive cone.
Construction skiffs[edit | edit source]
Construction Skiffs are small skiffs used for making repairs to capital ships and stations. These vessels have claws attached to them for holding materials used for repairs.
Civilian shuttles[edit | edit source]
RCE Heavy Lift Shuttle[edit | edit source]
The RCE Heavy Lift Shuttle is a large dropship class used by Royal Charter Energy for transporting colonists and heavy equipment from colony ships onto new worlds.
The colony ship Edward Israel had one of these when it travelled to Ilus IV. Upon reaching the planet and entering into atmosphere, the heavy lift shuttle travelled to a pre-built landing pad. Upon reaching this landing pad, a bomb was detonated on the surface, heavily damaging the heavy lift shuttle and causing it to crash, which killed many of its crew and passengers.
RCE light shuttle[edit | edit source]
The RCE light shuttle is a smaller shuttle also used by Royal Charter Energy.
The Edward Israel carried two of these during its trip to Ilus IV. Both however were destroyed by over the planet, with one by the planet's moon, and the other being converted into a bomb to attack the Rocinante and Barbapiccola.
Knight-type shuttle[edit | edit source]
Regulations dictate that Ice-haulers needed at least one shuttle capable of traveling in atmosphere. Equipped with a non-Epstein Fusion Drive, this shuttle type has limited range.
P&K Knight was a shuttle owned by the Pur'n'Kleen Water Company. The old shuttle was attached to the P&K Canterbury and later destroyed onboard the MCRN Donnager. This type of shuttle was in civilian service and considered a very old vessel.
Khonsu-class shuttle[edit | edit source]
The Khonsu-class shuttle was a secret design used by Protogen. The shuttlecraft was equipped with similar stealth features to the larger Amun-Ra frigate. This shuttle was able to serve as a forward scout for the frigate and was capable of traveling impressively long distances from its mothership to transfer personnel or supplies.
A shuttle of this class the Anubis-1A was used by Julie Mao to reach Eros station and left in dock at the station whilst she went into seclusion.