Ornithopters, also commonly referred to as ’thopters, are the most common small transport vessels in the Imperium. These ships were capable of carrying 6 passengers, 9 if the back seats were removed.
’Thopters were also very versatile. While they were capable of space travel over short distances, these small vessels have been mostly operated in planetary atmospheres. Their uses vary from human transport between cities and continents, to light cargo transport across long distances.
’Thopters are often used for military purposes and equipped with weaponry. Usually these weapons are lasguns, but they could also carry small missiles and repeating maula pistols.
Their operation has often been compared to that of a bird.