The Ariadne was a 95 T Supply Shuttle with two three -bed bunkrooms (with hammocks, five of them were crammed into one), reasonable acceleration and four weeks endurance. It had a significant cargo capacity of around 60 T. It had no T Drive, being purely for localised use.
The only crew were Hopkirk and a dour silent man called Ward. The five of them were kitted out with false identities as technicians and workers being dropped off at a GeCoDec facility by the shuttle further on in its run. A cover story had been rehearsed and Hopkirk had prepared this with a contact at GeCoDec. Laura was mildly impressed.