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Ministry-class Orbital Shuttle

Craft: Ministry-class Orbital Shuttle
Type: Orbital Shuttle
Length: 20 Meters
Weapons: None
Crew: 2
Top Speed: Unknown
Troop Capacity: 36
Cargo Capacity: Unknown
Passengers: 36

A typical orbital shuttle could travel through atmosphere and space, but not through hyperspace, as they lacked a hyperdrive unit. The ship's large side wings folded out at takeoff and were retracted for landing, much like those on the Lambda-class shuttle and Sentinel-class landing craft. 

When the Telosian Restoration Project got underway, these shuttles were used to transport project-related personnel between Telos's Restoration Zones and Citadel Station as well as civilians traveling from module to module within the vast station itself. Some older shuttles, presumably left after the infamous Bombing of Telos IV, were also hidden in abandoned underground military bases. 

These shuttles were used by the Republic Navy at least as early as 3,963 years before the Battle of Yavin, as evidenced by the presence of one of them at Flashpoint Station among other Republic spacecraft captured by the Mandalorians. This particular shuttle was destroyed as part of Marn Hierogryph's plan to convince the Mandalorians that all Republic ships on the station were booby-trapped, using an explosive planted by Zayne Carrick (disguised as Demagol).

The Jedi Exile used a Ministry-class orbital shuttle to get to the High Council Chamber in the Jedi Temple, where she stood trial before the Jedi High Council. 

During her forced stay on Telos, the Exile and her companions used two orbital shuttles (both shot down and crashed) to reach the location of her stolen ship, the Ebon Hawk, which turned out to be the Telosian Jedi Academy. Later, in the Battle of Telos IV, the Exile, Visas Marr, and a group of Mandalorians led by Canderous Ordo, using a similar shuttle, boarded Darth Nihilus's flagship, the Ravager. 

Apparently, the Ministry-class orbital shuttle's design influenced many of the Galactic Empire's shuttles and transports, the most notable being the Lambda-class shuttle and Sentinel-class landing craft.

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