The SCV is equipped with multiple displays that provide critical information to the pilot: fuel readouts, structural integrity data, and real-time 3D topography mapping algorithms. Designed to operate in hazardous atmospheres, all SCVs boast the latest version of the COMFORtroller climate control system, which regulates, cycles and purifies the air inside the cabin—allowing the vehicle to operate for up to two weeks in a vacuum. Nonetheless, it’s common to see jury-rigged SCVs successfully getting the job done, despite being held together with components as unusual as gardening equipment or beer cans
Older T-280 Space Construction Vehicles had reinforced plating until the manufacturer decided to cut back on “unnecessary expenses”. This decision proved very unpopular among SCV pilots, and even spurred riots—which were quelled fatally by security forces—on one or two remote planets. Yet, the body count from the protests was dwarfed by the 58.8% increase in casualty rates due to flimsy vehicle plating. The risk associated with SCV operation has had little impact on the Dominion’s ability to recruit pilots who—more fearful of the front lines—are willing to work overtime on distant planets for low wages.
SCV pilots use this dependable tool to cut mineral crystals down to manageable sizes for transportation and processing, or to assemble pre-fabricated structures. In the right hands, the power drill can serve as an effective weapon, a plasteel container opener, or a pneumatic hammer. Truly, it is a shining example of Terran resourcefulness and adaptability.
This famously reliable servo-actuated claw has a weight capacity of 10,000 pounds, and is commonly used to handle a plethora of materials, containers, or other types of goods. The pilot can tailor the pressure of the clamp to the task at hand: be that holding a crystal chunk or squashing the head of a zerg creature like a melon.
The SCV is a bipedal walker equipped with heavy-duty thrusters that allow it to hover. These thrusters were added after SCV prototypes proved unable to keep up with projected efficiency rates. Due to last minute integration, the thrusters were barely optimized for day-to-day operation, and are prone to overloading whenever they are set to high burn. The T-280’s manufacturer began work on new, more energy-efficient thrusters, but discarded the project upon learning that SCV races were popular in certain parts of the sector. As one would expect, this has not deterred the pilots from making “personal” adjustments.