Claw-shaped shuttles were among the atmospheric shuttles carried aboard the during its exodus from Nostalgia for Infinity Resurgam to Ararat (carrying the Demarchist refugees from the former).
Aside from their original role, they were also used in and around
First Camp and other settled parts of Ararat, often as auxilliary aircraft for governmental or search & rescue operations.
Based on the description of their external hulls, they seem to be a Demarchist design. They share the design features of their prow/front - a claw-like shape - with some larger Demarchist military vessels that patrol the vicinity of Yellowstone and in the Epsilon Eridani system. It is entirely conjectural whether this points to a "Demarchist design esthetic" for some ships, regardless of their size, or whether it might be a design feature shared by ship types built by a certain manufacturer.
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SHUTTLES AND SMALL CRAFT
: Civilian shuttles/small craft Trike | Tug | Cutter | Spherical shuttle | Flotilla excursion shuttle
: Police shuttles/small craft Panoply cutter
: Individual shuttles/small craft (spherical shuttle) Melancholia of Departure Remontoire's 'Trident' fighter (outrigger fightercraft)
Coalition shuttle | Flotilla delta-winged shuttle Cutter | "Claw" shuttle | Lighthugger orbital shuttle
: Individual atmo-shuttles | Scavenger's Daughter
INTERPLANETARY SPACECRAFT (LARGE SPACESHIPS)
: Civilian ships Freighter | Liner | Hospital ship | Lighthugger in-system craft
: Police and military ships Deep-system cruiser Demarchist military vessel | Conjoiner ''Moray''-class corvette
: Individual ships | Bellatrix | Democratic Circus High Catherine | Nightingale | Storm Bird
INTERSTELLAR SPACECRAFT (STARSHIPS)
- Generation ships Flotilla ships: , Santiago , Islamabad , Brazilia , Palestine
- Ramscoop starships
- Lighthuggers List ( , Sandra Voi , Nostalgia for Infinity , Zodiacal Light , Nightshade , Hirondelle , etc.)
- Alien starships Void warren (" ")
Antimatter engines | Ramscoop | Conjoiner Drive | Stealth Conjoiner Drive Dark Drive | Inertia-suppression Machinery | Cryo-arithmetic engine
SPACECRAFT WEAPONRY AND DEFENCES
Magnetic railgun | Boser | Ack-am | Foam-phase Munition | Pin-head munitions Camouflaging screens | Hypometric weapon | Bladder-mine
* - capable only of flight in the vacuum of space ** - double as both spacecraft and aircraft, depending on the need