D81-Long Range Transport
- Misriah Armory
- 15-20 personnel
- Short to Mid-range
- 140.4ft (42.8m)
- 82.6ft (25.2m)
- 42.5ft (13m)
The Condor is long-range transport vessel developed by Misriah Armory. While it shares visual similarities between the more ubiquitous D79 Pelican variants, the functionality of the D81-LRT Condor overlaps more with heavy materiel and equipment deployment vessels such as the D96-TCE Albatross and D82-EST Darter. What truly sets the Condor apart though, is its faster-than-light (FTL) capabilities, allowing for a much longer range of operation and no need for a larger spacecraft or capital ship to deploy from.
While the Condor’s abilities are nearly unmatched among its peers, the narrow range of ideal mission parameters combined with high development and operational costs eventually saw use of the Condor decline in the military sector. However, while small FTL-capable vessels like this eventually faded from service in the UNSC, the Condor saw renewed interest in the civilian sector, where it proved ideal in low-volume, high-profit freighting.
Outer Colonies looking to further solidify their autonomy from the Unified Earth Government after the war leveraged the Condor’s FTL capabilities. With the Condor, the colonies could cross long distances to scout possible trade routes and establish diplomatic relationships without interference of the UNSC and their draconian controls on intersystem commerce.
The Condor is built using an elongated Pelican dropship fuselage (the D79 for current D81 model), and leverages most of original aircraft's flight systems, engines, and structural spars. The original tail thrusters are removed and replaced with the Mission Package, which contains a slipspace drive and four engine pods. Aside from the slipspace drive, the Condor maintains roughly 95% parts commonality with the original Pelican. For this reason, the Condor is often referred to as the "Fat Pelican" and "SuperPelican" by users.
While compact slipspace drives have historically been fantastically expensive and temperamental (particularly those sold to civilians), post-War advances have reduced commercially available unit costs by orders of magnitude. Maintenance remains a thorny problem, however, and the Condor's slipspace drive is rated for only five trips before needing comprehensive retuning, and eight trips between full rebuilds.
D81 Condors are generally unarmed, with a multi-sensor package replacing the military Pelican's rotary autocannons. However, the Condor does retain the original six hardpoints on the wings, and canny colonial operators have created custom fire control systems to tie these into the civilian controls.
D80: Original Condor - model built on the D77C Pelican body. It's slipspace drive capabilities were limited, with transit times roughly double that of larger, more efficient, systems in use at the time.
D81: Post-War Condor - using more efficient slipspace drive and excess military D79 Pelican frames. The upper cockpit, which housed the weapons/sensor operator is often either stripped out or converted into VIP seating.
D81WP: The WP (Weapon Package) variant is offered by Misriah Armory for sale to the UNSC, bonded paramilitary units, and planetary security forces. This variant retains the D79's dual autocannon turret.
U81: Unofficial designation for refit Condors used by ONI for reconnaissance and surveillance. Outwardly indistinguishable from civilian craft, they incorporate an advanced electronic warfare suite, extensive passive sensor array, and military-grade slipspace drive. Occasionally classed as a "subprowler" due to its covert mission profile, despite lacking passive cloaking or sensor baffling coatings.