The maintenance shuttle's only appearance in the film (lower right).

The Gateway Maintenance Shuttle[1] was a vessel that preformed maintenance on Gateway Station, and one of at least three ships was operating around the station while Ellen Ripley was recovering there in 2179.

Behind the Scenes[]

The design for the Maintenance Shuttle has been attributed to Robert Skotak, and it was built by modelmaker Faisal Karim.[1] The name "Gateway Maintenance Shuttle" comes from the LaserDisc release of Aliens,[1] a recreation of which is available on Disc 6 of the Alien Anthology Blu-ray box set. Some fans have assumed that the shuttle was a security patrol ship, which may be true, considering the shuttle appears to be armed. These could also be some kind of maintenance device.

Prop construction[]

The bulk of the miniature's body was a Tamiya Porsche 956.[2] The two "claws" at the front are from the Monogram 1/24 scale Huey kit.[3]


  • The shuttle was only seen very briefly for around five seconds at the beginning of Aliens during the shot from the outside of Gateway.
  • The shuttle bears notable similarities to the Cheyenne dropship in its design, specifically the large, slightly down-swept horizontal fins at its rear. Furthermore, at the angle from which the vessel is seen in the film, the manipulator arms at the front of the shuttle resemble the dropship's deployed weapon pods. In fact, the resemblance in the film is so great that some viewers have confused the shuttle for a military dropship.



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