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Dropship from the movie Aliens (click image for larger format)

Vehicle name:
UDL4 Dropship


Dropship and tactical transport

The UD4L Dropship is a versatile dropship and tactical transport. It was derived from an original Department of Defense requirement formulated at the end of the Tienstin conflict. It acts as a gunship by using its own internal gun and deploying weapon pods and hardpoints for rockets and missiles. The principle airframe is constructed from superplastic-formed diffusion-bonded metal matrix composites (MMC) and its 103.6 cubic meter internal payload bay can easily fit a M577 A.P.C. (turret stowed). The engines can produce exceptionally high thrust for low specific fuel consumption. The UD4L Dropship is also called a "Cheyenne." It has AN/ALQ-2004E defensive systems to keep it well protected. It has two types of power plants to allow vertical take-off capability (VTOL) hover to the hypersonic trans-atmospheric1.

Crew: Pilot and Chief/Weapons Officer

Engines: 2 Republic Dynamics TF-900 turbines each rated at 310 kN dry thrust and 2 TF-220/A-14 combined cycle engines.

Height: 6.05 m
Length: 25.18 m
Span: 12.59 m

Loaded: 18,260 kg
Maximum Loaded: 34,630 kg

Performance: Power to weight ratio (loaded) 1:3.3; (maximum loaded) 1:1.7. Range is variable dependant on mission profile, load and ambient atmospheric conditions, but the UD4L is capable of dropping a load from low orbit, landing vertically, and lifting to orbit again from a vertical launch.

1 x 25 mm gatling gun with 900 rounds
32 x 150 mm unguided rockets
12 x 70 mm unguided rockets
8 x 120 mm guided rockets
7 x AGM-220 air-to-ground missiles
3 x TSAM threat suppression missiles
3 x AIM-90 short range air-to-air missiles

Critic SFTdb's comment:
The Alien's dropship defined the hypersonic VTOL vehicle that inspired other vehicles in both movies and video games. When watching the movie be certain to note: the 4 by 4 arrangement of missiles, side louvers (like on a Harrier) and the rod the debris that fly at the camera during the crash on LV-426.

USS Sulaco from the movie Aliens (click image for larger format)

Vehicle name:
USS Sulaco
Conestoga Class starship
The U.S.S. Sulaco is the thirteenth Conestoga Class starship that was originally a troop and logistic transport with limited defense capability. It has a heavy armored hull and has run several roles from bombardment to space command and control. The ship is fully automated and could keep running without a crew. The ship contains lockers for the passengers to store their belongings in and racks for their equipment. There is a large Docking Bay which is where the UD4L Dropships are prepared and deployed, and a Mess Hall where passengers can eat food prepared by the ship's Autochef. The Cryogenics Compartment contains thousands of capsules which sustain passengers on long missions. Each ship carries twenty E.E.V.'s (Emergency Escape Vehicles) and a minimum of two UD4L Dropships1.

Critic SFTdb's comment: When watching the movie be certain to note: the railguns and the the dropship launch.

Narcissus from the movie Aliens (click image for larger format)

Vehicle name:
Narcissus is a small interstellar shuttle-craft and lifeboat
The Narcissus is a small interstellar shuttle-craft and lifeboat, which was modified from a Lock-mart Star-cub Light Intrasystem Shuttle. The mass of this shuttle-craft is 48 metric tons. The Narcissus is configured around a single 108 m3 pressure cabin. Ripley leaves the Nostromo on this shuttle-craft moments before the Nostromo's explosion. She finds out that the Alien had been hiding onboard too, but she blows it out of the shuttle's airlock. Then the Alien climbs into one of the shuttle's four aft thrust tunnels, but Ripley turns on the shuttle's engines killing the Alien. After this, Ripley and her cat, Jones, go into hypersleep in the shuttle's cryotube. 57 years later the Narcissus is found by a deep salvage team, and its passengers are still alive1.

A.P.C. from the movie Aliens (click image for larger format)

Vehicle name:
M577 A.P.C.
Narcissus is a small interstellar shuttle-craft and lifeboat
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Bishop from the movie Aliens

Robot name:
Bishop is a synthetic (or "artificial person", as he prefers to be called), a very advanced android assigned as executive officer to the Colonial Marine vessel Sulaco. Like other synthetics, Bishop possesses superior strength and hand-eye coordination (demonstrated when he does the famed knife trick), though he does not engage in combat, instead acting as a medic and tending to other various support functions2.


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2. Wikipedia Aliens (Bishop)
Aliens, studio: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation