SKT-9 Bumblebee

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SKT-9 Bumblebee
Production information


Escape pod


Evacuation of persons from disabled ships

Technical specifications


10.6 meters (34.6 feet)[1]


5.2 meters (17.2 feet)[1] (9.3 meters with air brakes deployed)[2]


4.0 meters (13.3 feet) (9.0 meters with air brakes deployed)

Slipspace drive:



One pilot + 8 passengers

Chronological and affiliation




The SKT-9 Bumblebee,[3] formally known as the Class-3 Enclosed Heavy Lifeboat, Controlled[1] is a variant of the UNSC escape pod commonly known as the Bumblebee.[4][5] It is a sixth-generation lifeboat, and features a pilot-operated guiding system similar to that of SKT-13 and SKT-21 shuttlecrafts.[1]

Class-3 lifeboats are typically found on UNSC cruisers,[1] which carry several sets of them, stationed at designated airlocks. Like Pelican dropships, each has a call sign, usually consisting of three letters from the phonetic alphabet, followed by a two-digit number. This Bumblebee can hold up to nine people (including the pilot) and it has enough supplies to last a week before it runs out of food and clean air.[6]

Design details[edit]

The SKT-9 was designed to ferry up to nine people at a time. It has one pilot seat as well as eight side-facing crash seats. The seats have harnesses to keep people from injury when crash-landing. Though they are noted as being one of the safer methods of UNSC ship evacuation,[1] the effectiveness of the safety features on this Bumblebee vary greatly, as can their reliability. During the Battle of Installation 04, some of these Bumblebees landed without any injuries to their passengers, while others suffered catastrophic failures while in mid-air, resulting in the deaths of most or all aboard upon impact.

SKT-9 Bumblebees are heavily armored, and feature thrusters and air-brakes to slow down during descent.[1] They have little in the way of maneuverability, as they are not intended for extended atmospheric use; Jacob Keyes noted that a Bumblebee lifepod "flew like a rock".[7] Normally after a landing, the pod can never be used again, as the pods will most likely suffer a great amount of damage, including the air brakes breaking off before or during the impact.

Though the Bumblebee has a pilot control station, by default it uses a simple escape-and-evasion autopilot routine after boosting away from its host vessel.[8]

Operational History[edit]

The UNSC Pillar of Autumn carried eighteen of these Bumblebees. Most of them were used to evacuate the vessel when it was shot down during the Battle of Installation 04 on September 19, 2552.[9][10] Several SKT-9 Bumblebees were carried aboard Cairo Station.[3]

Known SKT-9 Bumblebees[edit]


  • The Bumblebee's front window is "breakable". If one uses explosives to propel a Warthog at the window at a high speed, the window will make a breaking sound but will still appear to be intact.
  • There is some animosity between Bumblebee pilots and Pelican pilots.[11]
  • When the Master Chief's escape pod launches in Halo: Combat Evolved, it still has its rear hatch open. This has been rectified in Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary.
  • In Halo: Custom Edition, Bumblebees have been modded into maps. They have closed rear hatches until someone pilots them, at which point the hatch opens. As Bungie only designed these for cutscenes it is likely to allow for the doors opening or closing during the final cutscene on The Pillar Of Autumn.


List of appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary - Library: Bumblebee
  2. ^ Halo Encyclopedia (2009 edition), page 250
  3. ^ a b Halo: Warfleet - p. 30
  4. ^ Bungie Weekly Update of 04-13-01
  5. ^ Halo: Envoy
  6. ^ Halo: The Flood, page ??
  7. ^ Halo: The Flood, page 55
  8. ^ Halo on Twitter: The SKT-9 Bumblebee is a heavy lifeboat that can hold up to eight passengers and has a pilot control station, though by default it uses a simple escape-and-evasion autopilot routine after boosting away from its host vessel. #FictionFriday
  9. ^ Halo: Combat Evolved, campaign level The Pillar of Autumn
  10. ^ Halo: Combat Evolved, campaign level Halo
  11. ^ Halo: The Flood, page 32