- This article is about the K-1 "DropShuttle" class of small craft. For the DropShuttle type of spacecraft, see DropShuttle.
|Manufacturer|| BBP Industries |
|Type (Shape)||Civilian Spheroid|
|Tech Base||Inner Sphere|
|Engine (Type)||Pratt & Whitney 400|
|Safe Thrust||2 g|
|Maximum Thrust||3 g|
|Burn Rate||1.84 days|
|Armament|| 1 x LRM-5 |
4 x Medium Lasers
1 x Small Laser
|Armor||12 tons standard|
The spheroid counterpart to the KR-61 Long Range Shuttle, the K-1-class DropShuttle is technically a small craft and notably also the smallest space vehicle equipped with a Docking Collar for attaching to a JumpShip in the fashion of a DropShip (an unusual feature for a small craft; see Notes below).  
It should be noted that "DropShuttle" is a misnomer, as the K-1 is not a DropShuttle in the technical sense.
Originally designed in the Star League era when JumpShips were plentiful and passage aboard them frequent and inexpensive, the K-1 was used for "hops" to neighboring star systems. With the increasing rarity of JumpShips and travel aboard them at a premium since the early Succession Wars, the greater passenger and cargo capacity of regular DropShips has seen the K-1 DropShuttle relegated to the role other long range shuttles have. The Clans are noted to still use the K-1 in its intended role.  
A tiny booth is mentioned aboard the K-1 DropShuttle Columbus that serves as both the vessel's breakfast table and a mid-day workstation. It is unknown if this is a standard feature on K-1 type craft. Similarly, it is mentioned that the cramped cockpit features three seats.
Weapons and Equipment
Due to the long range of the craft, the K-1 is outfitted with a minimum of defensive weaponry consisting of single LRM-5 and Medium Laser mounted in the nose, another medium laser on each side, and a small and medium laser pointing directly aft.  
The ship's hull is protected by 21 tons of standard armor, with a large portion of the armor focused in the bow with a lesser amount of the armor in the sides.
The K-1 features sixteen point five tons of cargo capacity and berths for six passengers in steerage compartment.
- The implied ability of the K-1 to function as a small craft or alternatively as a DropShip for jump purposes technically violates game rules and unit construction rules; there is also no Quirk for this somewhat unique feat (except arguably "Illegal Design"). Further, this dual nature would seem to go against existing rulings and explanations how K-F Booms and Hardpoints work.
A possible solution to the conundrum is the assumption that the K-1 does in fact not dock to a Hardpoint like a DropShip does (with a K-F boom connection); instead, it just makes use of the standard docking adapter and is small enough to fit inside the jump bubble during a jump even without making any extra effort to extend the K-F field around itself.
- As of this writing, there is no updated BattleValue listed on Master Unit List.
- MUL Online date for the K-1
- Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, p. 173 "K-1 DropShuttle"
- AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 197
- DropShips and JumpShips, p. 73 "K-1 DropShuttle"
- Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, p. 175 "K-1 DropShuttle"
- Forgotten Worlds, Book One
- AeroTech 2 Record Sheets, p. 198
- K-1 DropShuttle - No BV2 listed.