A trike was a small and simple type of shuttle, used for quick transport and various maintenance duties in orbit around settled planets, particularly in and around various orbital habitats. A trike had a semi-open hull and often non-pressurized cockpit, compared to other shuttles and small craft, and was often piloted while still wearing a spacesuit. Trikes were not built for atmospheric flight and were reserved for vacuum operations only.

Xavier Liu and Antoinette Bax were among the many orbit-dwelling pilots and maintenance staff for commercial ships in Yellowstone orbit who commonly utilised trikes to get around quickly from location to location.

Armed variants Edit

With some effort, trikes could be converted into small, impromptu fightercraft, up-gunned with moderately powerful weaponry and with added (though still weak) external armour. Duiring their pursuit of Nightshade and flight to Resurgam, the crew of the Zodiacal Light used the time to carry out extensive combat modifications on the large number of civilian trikes they had gathered aboard their lighthugger before departing Yellowstone. The armed trikes played a role in the standoff between the Zodiacal Light and the Nostalgia for Infinity in Resurgam orbit.

Appearances Edit

Notes Edit

  • A common type of small, inexpensive shuttle, the type is only referred to as a "trike". It is entirely possible trikes can vary externally, depending on their manufacturer (some possibly being home-brewn vehicles, rather than any official brand).

See alsoEdit

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)
Coalition shuttle | Flotilla delta-winged shuttle
Cutter | "Claw" shuttle | Lighthugger orbital shuttle
Individual atmo-shuttles: Scavenger's Daughter | Dominatrix
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
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")
Antimatter engines | Ramscoop | Conjoiner Drive | Stealth Conjoiner Drive
Dark Drive | Inertia-suppression Machinery | Cryo-arithmetic engine
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
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