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Beta-class assault shuttle
Beta-class assault shuttle
Production information
Manufacturer

Telgorn Corporation[1]

Model

Beta-class assault shuttle[1]

Class

Assault shuttle[1]

Technical specifications
Length

30 meters[1]

Maximum
atmospheric speed

1,050 km/h[1]

Hyperdrive rating

Class 3.0[1]

Shielding

Equipped[1]

Hull

Modular

Navigation system

Equipped, three jump limit[1]

Avionics

Telgorn twin-tandem flight computers

Armament
Crew

5[1]

Minimum crew

3[1]

Passengers

Depending on cargo module:

Cargo capacity

500 kg[1]

Consumables

5 days[1]

Usage
Role(s)
Era(s)
Affiliation

Galactic Empire[1]

The Beta-class assault shuttle was an Imperial shuttle and a direct predecessor to the Gamma-class assault shuttle.

CharacteristicsEdit

It had a modular hull structure featuring a front five-person command pod and aft engine section. These were permanent, while the central section could be reconfigured according to mission requirements. A spacetrooper module could carry 40 spacetroopers, sporting separate launching pods and power couplers for recharging the space suits. Standard troop transport configuration had place for 68 troopers with necessary equipment. There were also cargo modules available for making the ship suitable for transport duty, or additional weapon pods to reconfigure the Beta into a more powerful gunship. Its basic armament in non-gunship configuration consisted of four laser cannons, one concussion missile launcher and one tractor beam projector. Beta-class assault shuttles were both atmosphere and space capable, and had a limited hyperspace capability with Class 3 hyperdrive and a navigation computer limited to three jumps.

HistoryEdit

The downside to the modular construction of the ship was that the stresses spread along its frame, originating in the modular coupling system, made it require a complete refitting after a two-year-long period of service. This led to the introduction of the Gamma-class assault shuttle with permanent spacetrooper hold. Other roles of Beta-class shuttles were taken up by other classes of space transports. Most of Betas were removed from service with the introduction of Gammas, but their career came to a revival with the campaign of Grand Admiral Thrawn against the New Republic five years after the Battle of Endor. They were used mostly as boarding craft and transport troopships.

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