Kestrel Class AX, AX0, CX, CX0, EX, EX0

Base model experimental jumpship. The Kestrel is thought to have been a prototype long-range craft designed near the end of the Golden Age. Most in service are rebuilt using reverse-engineered specs.



Common kestrel

  • A bird of prey species belonging to the kestrel group of the falcon
  • The kestrel is a symbol of the power and vitality of nature

Expanded info:

In “Into Battle” (1915), the war poet Julian Grenfell invokes the superhuman characteristics of the kestrel among several birds, when hoping for prowess in battle:

  • “The kestrel hovering by day, And the little owl that call at night, Bid him be swift and keen as they, As keen of ear, as swift of sight.”


*The Kestrel engine was developed in the 2000s by SpaceX for upper stage use on the Falcon 1 rocket.