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"My father was a master mechanic; I grew up with a screwdriver in one hand and a pair of pliers in the other."
- Frank Herbert

Ground-to-Orbit Ferry  
  A kind of space shuttle craft.  

Our craft was ground-to-orbit ferry type used for manned satellites, for supplying F.N. ships in patrol orbit, and for passengers to and from pleasure-and-gambling satellites. She was carrying three passengers instead of forty, no cargo except three p-suits and a brass cannon (yes, silly toy was along; p-suits and Prof's bang-bang were in Australia a week before we were) and good s.h.i.+p Lark had been stripped-total crew was skipper and a Cyborg pilot.
From The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, by Robert Heinlein.
Published by GP Putnam in 1966
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