a small spacecraft used to transport passengers or cargo over a relatively short distance, as between an orbiting craft and a planet’s surface
The Andromeda has been sold, Bert,…to the Ionian freight shuttle. You and the gang are ordered back to Earth.
I was waiting in the entry bell when Judson arrived on Curbstone. Judson had nothing to do with that. I didn’t even know he was on that particular shuttle. It’s just that, aside from the fact that I happen to be Senior Release Officer on Curbstone, I like to meet the shuttles.
A shuttle ship up from the surface could leave any spot on Venus, rendezvous with the ship in orbit, then land on its port of departure or on any other point having expended a theoretical minimum of fuel. As soon as the Nautilus had parked such shuttles began to swarm up to her. They were more airplane than spaceship, for, although each was sealed and pressurized to operate outside the atmosphere while making contact with orbiting spaceships, each was winged and was powered with ramjet atmosphere engines as well as with rocket jets. Like frogs, they were adapted to two media.
Fast little military darts, stubby Moon shuttles, winged ships that served the satellite stations.
The acceleration in that shuttle would spread you all over the floor.
He’s taking a shuttle.
Take the evening shuttle to ShiKahr and I will meet you at the station.
When the cloud had cleared, the shuttle was already landing, two hundred metres away.
Although the shuttle is damaged, Belt tells the astronauts to deliver their payload, fearing that millions of dollars will be lost—and the space program crippled—if they don’t follow through.
He managed it after two tries, and in a few minutes was ascending through low gravity, into the brightly lit shuttle compartment.
The shuttle from the starship left orbit twenty minutes ago.
Nelson S. Bond, "Legacy", in Astounding
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