Calypso-class exfiltration craft

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Calypso-class exfiltration craft
Production information

Class:

Calypso-class

Role:

Dropship/exfiltration craft

Technical specifications

Length:

50 metres (160 ft)[1]

Slipspace drive:

Shaw-Fujikawa Translight Engine

Chronological and affiliation

Era:

Human-Covenant War

Affiliation:

United Nations Space Command

 

The Calypso-class exfiltration craft is a specialized type of UNSC spacecraft used for off-planet extraction. The Calypso fulfills a purpose similar to Black Cat-class subprowler.

Design[edit]

The Calypso-class recovery dropship is a robust troop transport designed for rapid transfers and exfiltration. They are one of the smallest UNSC craft to be equipped with a slipspace drive, which is powerful enough for a short and quick jump but not capable of longer transitions; however, they are still capable of crossing modest interstellar distances.[2][3] Calypsos are more forgiving of a pilot under fire than a Pelican due to their rudimentary design.[4] However, being designed for speed rather than comfort, they are also exceedingly uncomfortable for the occupants, particularly when jumping into slipspace.[1]

Service history[edit]

Entering service around the 2520s,[2] Calypso-class exfiltration craft were in use in throughout the Human-Covenant War, most notably during Operation: PROMETHEUS in 2537.[5] In late 2552, a Calypso exfiltration craft was dispatched to transport ONI agent Connor Brien off a Covenant-occupied Beta Gabriel, where Brien had been observing a Jiralhanae pack.[6] They were considered outdated by 2553.[2] By that year, the Venezian militia had acquired a few of these craft. Staffan Sentzke suggested letting the Huragok, Sometimes Sinks, upgrade one of the militia's Calypsos.[7]

Trivia[edit]

In Greek mythology, Calypso was a daughter of Atlas who imprisoned Odysseus for seven years during his voyage home to Ithaca in Homer's epic, The Odyssey. This could be a reference to the number seven.

List of appearances[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b Halo: Mortal Dictata, pages 188-189
  2. ^ a b c Halo: Mortal Dictata, pages 184-185
  3. ^ Halo: Mortal Dictata, page 187
  4. ^ Halo: Mortal Dictata, page 186
  5. ^ Halo: Ghosts of Onyx, page 86
  6. ^ Halo: Evolutions - Essential Tales of the Halo Universe, "Stomping on the Heels of a Fuss", page 79
  7. ^ Halo: Mortal Dictata, page 136