Developed by the Terran Dominion and in use within a few months of its founding, the drop pod is shaped somewhat like a rounded cylinder, with two rounded ends: one boasting an orange-yellow engine, and the other equipped to slam into a planetary surface. On the engine end, there are four flaps that extend outwards from the engine and two vanes, one to either side of the engine. A pod design used for one person special ops insertions prior to the Second Great War self-destructed 108 seconds after touchdown, as part of a protocol to prevent its technology from falling into enemy hands. These pods' interior is cramped. Its occupant is seated, with said seat having neosteel support bars. Pods also feature filtration systems that can take atmospheric samples from the air around them. Communication can be carried out via a comm. unit and viscreen.
By 2504, drop pods were in use by various other mercenary and rebel factions as well. These pods were large enough to accommodate multiple people and even vehicles.
New barracks units arrive at the rally point by drop pod.
We have developed a new low-cost drop-pod that lets us send our infantry units straight from the Hyperion to the barracks' rally point. This technological marvel gives us the ability to reinforce instantly when far from our main base and to surprise the enemy from above.
Mastery: All combat units, after dropped into Orbital Drop-Pods, increased +2% to movement speed, attack speed, cooldown reduction and energy reduction for each Mastery point for 30 seconds. (Up to a maximum 60%)