a small spacecraft used, esp. on a regular schedule, to transport passengers or cargo over a relatively short distance, as between an orbiting craft and a planet’s surface
Now used as a non-hypothetical term in astronautics.
The company has obligations to its stockholders…and it can’t afford to run an interplanetary ferry for the benefit of a class of people that feel that the world owes them a living.
At the end of these manœuvres, which would occupy only a few hours, it would be back in a stable, circular orbit waiting to be refuelled and serviced, and the crew could be taken down to Earth by one of the winged ‘ferry’ rockets.
It was easy, too, to enter the planet Grekh; you just boarded an interworld ferry from either of the two sister-planets.
The little ferry ship used between the ships and the station was still here, too. It could be used to bring the fuel back easily, since it had been equipped with tanks for moving fuel between supply rockets and the balloons.
From the ferry, the passengers transferred to a gulfhopper awaiting them in a parking orbit around the Moon.
The ferry carried the new exiles from Armstrong up to the Confu, waiting in orbit.
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