M8823 drop pod

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M8823 Human Entry Vehicle
Production information


Ushuaia Armory[1]

Product line:




Technical specifications


5.5 meters (18 ft)[2]


870 kilograms (1,900 lb)[1]


Titanium-A armor[1]




One occupant


In service:

Human-Covenant War


Drop pod



"Could we possibly make any more noise?"

The M8823 Human Entry Vehicle is a SOIEV variant employed by the ODSTs. It was heavily employed during the Human-Covenant War.


Design details[edit]

The M8823 is a box-like design when compared to other drop pod designs, boasting a door and airframe coated in Titanium-A armor. When expelled, the door can be employed as cover by the occupant inside. The ODST inside sits in a crash web with minimal inertial dampening and comfort, and basic controls for course correction. However, the pod's internal computer directs the overall descent and evasive maneuvers. Upon entering atmosphere, the M8823 extends its drogue panels, as well as release decoys to draw enemy fire away while they begin to decelerate. At one kilometre above the surface, braking rockets engage to slow the pod down.[1]

The side panels of the M8823 are storage bays, capable of holding spare food, weapons, ammunition and other supplies to sustain planetary operations for a short time without resupply.[1]


The M8823 entered service in 2461. and was heavily employed by the UNSC and Colonial Military Authority during the Insurrection. During the Human-Covenant War it was primarily employed on smaller ships that did not have the facilities to transport dedicated ODST groups.[3]

Operational history[edit]

During the Human-Covenant War, M8823s were commonly employed by Charon and Stalwart-class UNSC frigates. 600 were also present aboard the Phoenix-class colony ship refit UNSC Spirit of Fire[4], and 124 aboard UNSC Infinity.[5] For its refit for Operation: RED FLAG, 216 were part of the complement of the UNSC Pillar of Autumn.[6]

During the Battle of Installation 05, John-117 and First Platoon deployed to the surface of the ring from UNSC In Amber Clad,[7] with ODSTs later deploying from UNSC Forward Unto Dawn during the Battle of Installation 00.[8] M8823s were later used to transport Sunray 1-1 to the surface of the Ark during the Second Ark Conflict.[9]


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Halo: Warfleet, page 50-51
  2. ^ Halo Waypoint, UNSC Drop Pods (Retrieved on Jun 1, 2020) [archive]
  3. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2022 edition), page 152
  4. ^ Halo: Warfleet, page 48-49
  5. ^ Halo: Warfleet, page 42-43
  6. ^ Halo: Warfleet, page 25
  7. ^ Halo 2, campaign level Delta Halo
  8. ^ Halo 3, campaign level The Ark
  9. ^ Halo Wars 2, campaign level Gatecrashers