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.
- 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
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.