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Aquila-class spaceliner
Production information

Passenger ship/cargo transport

Technical specifications

1,250 meters


220 meters


350 meters

Engine unit(s)

Type II Messier drives (Four primary, four secondary)

Slipspace Drive

IDSE Series Mark II

Slipspace velocity

2.7 light-years/day

Power plant

Two KM99/I fusion reactors

Sensor systems

Civilian-based LREW sensor array

Navigation system



Spaceliner AAN

Minimum crew
  • 150 crewmen
  • One "Dumb artificial intelligence
  • 25,000
  • 38,227 (Emergency capacity)

Economy to first class catering

Year introduced
  • 2480
  • Griffin-class refit: 2527
  • Passenger transport
  • Evacuation vessel
  • Cargo transport/freighter
  • Troop transport
  • Hospital ship
  • Martell Spacelines (Aquila)
  • UNSC Navy (Griffin)

"With top of the line catering, bedding, and customer service, the Aquila spaceliner is the premier passenger ship to travel the colonies! Plan your trip today and choose Aquila!"
Aquila advert.

The Aquila-class spaceliner is a class of civilian passenger and cargo transports designed and built by CybCell Intelligence Systems and operated by its subsidiary Martell Spacelines. Launched in 2480, the Aquila was created to serve as CybCell's test-bed for probing the shipbuilding industry in the company's never-ending quest to dominate various fields and industries. CybCell's founder and owner, Francisco Martell, was pleased with the design and pre-production models of the Aquila and ordered the building of fifteen over the next twenty years. By the turn of the century, the Aquila was a vastly popular passenger ship, resulting in the production of another ten ships to add to CybCell's early merchant fleet. The rising popularity of the spaceliner prompted the founding of CybCell's own space travel service, Martell Spacelines.

In 2492, the positive reception of the Aquila attracted the attention the Nova Scotia-based shipbuilding company, Halifax Spacewerx, who favored the design and licensed it to build the Griffin-class colony ship. Only a handful of the Griffins would be used to ferry the last remaining colonial ventures, but would play a part in officially bringing an end to the Domus Diaspora. During the outbreak of the Human-Covenant War, Spacewerx reactivated the unused Griffin-classes, refitting them to be used by the UNSC Navy. Although incapable of being outfitted with a MAC system, the Griffin-class would still be useful as a troop carrier and hospital ship deployed to lengthy campaigns against the Covenant offensives.

Operational History

Specifications and Layout


Griffin-class colony ship




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