The AT-30 Hercules is the largest orbit-to-surface craft in the Earth Fleet inventory. It is a large wedge-shaped winged Pinnace used to carry marines and armored vehicles down to the surface of a planet for planetary assault, or for carrying heavy cargo (up to 150 metric tons) and/or passengers (up to 100) between starships and planetary surfaces. They have no built-in weaponry, but military versions can carry missiles in an internal weapons bay. They have six hydrogen-composite engines in conformal mountings under the rear hull. They are manufactured on Minos by Olin Industries.
Behind the ScenesEdit
This pinnace is named for the C-130 Hercules transport aircraft. Olin Corporation is the company which Chris' father worked at for many years, which later bought out the rocket-engine company Hercules Aerospace, which Martin's uncle Bill had worked at for many years.