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A cutter was a smaller manned civilian ship type for various local transport and small-scale economic (e.g. courier) activities. Cutters were akin to larger shuttles, but smaller than freighters, corvettes, cruisers and liners. Many, but not necessarily all, were capable of atmospheric flight.

A special variation of typical civilian cutters were the Panoply cutters, used by the Glitter Band's Panoply law enforcement agency during the 25th century.

For cargo and freight transport purposes within planetary systems, civilian operators and contractors used freighters, due to their larger size and greater, purpose-built capacity.

Description Edit

I saw a few other shuttles clamped in parking bays: two sleek atmosphere cutters like bottle-green arrowheads and a couple of vessels which looked like cousins to the slowboat, all blunt angularity and exposed engine components. Spacesuited figures were swarming around all the ships, carrying umbilical lines and repair kits. A few robots were toiling away on hull-repair tasks, but for the most part the work was being done by humans or bio-engineered animals.
- excerpt from Chapter 12 of Chasm City [1]

Appearances Edit

NotesEdit

  • Historically, cutters are a form of sailboat or small sailship used for coastal patrolling and coastal economic activities. The term is also applied to modern, motorised ships of smaller size, used by coast guards, smaller navies or marine rescue services.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Chasm City (2001), chapter 12

See alsoEdit

Spacecraft
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: Melancholia of Departure (spherical shuttle)
Remontoire's 'Trident' fighter (outrigger fightercraft)
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ATMOSPHERIC SHUTTLES**
Coalition shuttle | Flotilla delta-winged shuttle
Cutter | "Claw" shuttle | Lighthugger orbital shuttle
Individual atmo-shuttles: Scavenger's Daughter | Dominatrix
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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 | Universal Suffrage
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INTERSTELLAR SPACECRAFT (STARSHIPS)
Generation ships - Flotilla ships: Santiago, Islamabad, Brazilia, Palestine, Baghdad
Ramscoop starships - Atalanta
Lighthuggers - List (Sandra Voi, Nostalgia for Infinity, Zodiacal Light, Nightshade, Hirondelle, Petronel, etc.)
Alien starships - Void warren ("Caleuche")
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SPACECRAFT PROPULSION
Antimatter engines | Ramscoop | Conjoiner Drive | Stealth Conjoiner Drive
Dark Drive | Inertia-suppression Machinery | Cryo-arithmetic engine
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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
Planetary vehicles
LAND VEHICLES
Electric cars | Volantor | Wheeler | Crawler | Icejammer
Cable-car | Chasm City Zephyr
AERIAL VEHICLES
Volantor | Aircraft | Airship
ATMOSPHERIC SHUTTLES *
Coalition shuttle | Flotilla delta-winged shuttle
Cutter | "Claw" shuttle | Lighthugger orbital shuttle
MARINE VEHICLES
Boats | Diving tug
* - these double as spacecraft and aircraft
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