Here's WCSaga's new and improved shuttle model!
Originally posted by Fleet Tactics
The Alpha Type series of shuttles represents the newest method by the Confederation to take one basic logistic design and configure it for several different variations. These shuttles function well in both atmospheric and space vacuum environments and have the latest in power plant, shielding, and construction technology. Cheap, durable, reliable, the Alpha Type series economical values are superceded by their capability that gives the Terran Confederation a logistics edge over the Kilrathi. These shuttles have replaced the older Greyhound and Hermes shuttles and are now carried by almost every ship in the fleet.
The Type-A is the 'vanilla' model, a basic jump-capable shuttle with all-around personnel and transport capacity, but there are many other variants in service. The Type-L is a long-range VIP shuttle for flag officers (Admiral and Generals); there are first class accommodations and extra fuel capacity. The Type-R is a Search and Rescue variant that is refitted with extra sensors (to find lifepods) and an extra medical bay. The Type-M is a light combat dropship that can carry up to 24 Marines and is armed with gatling-laser cannons and Needle anti-tank micro-missiles. The Type-F is a fuel tanker complete with an in-flight refueling system. It should be noted that the latter three variants sacrafice jump engines for extra space needed for their configurations.