The long strange trip
Access to planetary surfaces by ships incapable of landing themselves is made using shuttles which are present at a starport, or which are carried by the starship itself. Shuttles have a mass displacement of 95 tons, are capable of 3 Gs of acceleration, and can carry up to 30 passengers. They have a cargo hold capacity of 80 tons and a fuel capacity of 9 tons. Shuttles are unarmed, and are capable of cargo transfer in a vacuum.