Panoply cutter was a smaller ship type available to prefects of the Panoply for regular law enforcement activities. It saw frequent use during their investigations in the Glitter Band.
Individual Prefects required authorisation for piloting a cutter.
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. By analogy, Panoply cutters are smaller spaceships used for local patrol within the Band, often functioning as an equivalent of a police patrol car or patrol vehicle.
Presumably a Panoply cutter on the first edition cover of
Cutter - The general, civilian models of this type of spacecraft.
Deep-system cruiser - A larger interplanetary policing and defence vessel, used for police and patrol actions deeper into the Epsilon Eridani system.
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