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The CMS Crozier was a scrapped SCAF transport shuttle that Ellie Langford's team located while aboard the CMS Roanoke. The Crozier had been deployed alongside the Sovereign Colonies warships to the ice planet Tau Volantis.


The Crozier was a shuttle used by the crew of the CMS Terra Nova during the expedition to Tau Volantis in 2311, and together with its twin were instrumental in setting up SCAF operations on the planet on August 29, 2311, after the initial landing.[1]

Its crew (Lt Cdr Busby and Lt Metcalfe) were the first to witness the Markers dotting the frozen surface of the planet. Their residual effects were severe enough that the crew had to be hospitalized.[2] Regardless, the Crozier was restaffed and used alongside the CMS Franklin to shuttle cargo to and from the planet, including live specimens for storage aboard the Terra Nova, much to Cradle Ops' chagrin,[3] and various artifacts - in particular, Markers. Due to no precedent for handling alien artifacts, the Crozier's cargo wound up shoved into Terra Nova's cargo bays.[4]

The shuttle was notorious for its technical state and after it had to be repeatedly grounded for repairs, it was finally set to be decommissioned. Although parked in preparation for the procedure in the Terra Nova's shuttle bay, the Scenario Five contingency prevented it from being dismantled.[5]

Dead Space 3[]

In 2514, when Ellie Langford and the others located the Crozier aboard the CMS Terra Nova, they learned that it needed to be repaired before it could take them down to the planet's surface.

Isaac Clarke traveled to the Terra Nova aboard the Skip, a small, single seat craft that transported him between ships in the flotilla. When he reached the Terra Nova, he had to find the tram station to get to the Aft section of the ship where the shuttle was located. Upon arrival, Isaac performed several tasks to launch the shuttle; constructing a remote relay and placing it on the hull of the shuttle to transport it back to the Roanoke for repairs, fueling the shuttle on the upper floor before launching, and disengaging the fuel nozzle. 

As the fuel nozzle was detached, Ellie mistakingly engaged the launching sequence, causing the entire repair hangar to burst into flames.

Making his way to the gears, Isaac had to clear multiple obstructions with a military turret, including a surge of Necromorphs; as the shuttle successfully launched, Isaac was torn from the Terra Nova and had to fly back to a safe part of the Mass Driver.

Before Isaac could return to the Roanoke, he had to meet the team at the next derelict ship, the CMS Greely, to salvage a port engine for the Crozier. Upon bringing the engine back, Isaac had to find a series of derelict satellites and salvage their relays to build a safe flight path module for the shuttle. After installing the flight module, the shuttle was fully ready for launch.


After launching from the Roanoke, Isaac piloted the Crozier on the chosen flight path down to the planet. Halfway into the flight, the shuttle encountered mines while falling through the atmosphere.

Isaac realized they would miss their window through the atmosphere and requested a new vector for them to enter. Before he could, the Crozier was hit with more debris and the hull was ruptured, sucking Locke out to her death. The shuttle continued to break apart as the system warned them of oxygen and engine failure.

Isaac reset all three tanks, extinguishing a small cabin fire. Mark Rosen was then killed when the cabin paneling broke and sliced through his head. Isaac flew the ship through obstructed visuals and the volatile ice peaks, to no avail. Ellie and the others were separated from Isaac when the ship split in half and broke away from behind.


CMS Crozier's tail decal.

The shuttle was flat bottomed and had two large fins coming off its port and starboard sides for maneuvering. It came to a dull tip in the front like a NASA space shuttle, only wider.

The paneling went back toward the stern where it ended at the three large engines that stuck off the back. The shuttle had an outer Kinesis-operable airlock and an inner hatch. Inside, the Crozier had three oxygen injectors in the rear and a full array of seats in the cabin ahead. The Crozier had a main flight chair to the left, an operator's seat right of it, a navigator's chair behind those, and around were other chairs for the crew.

The Flight Computer had its own compartment outside the ship's hull, built into its front end and secured with a cranked hatch. The shuttle, for both purposes of offense and defense, had a large gun emplacement on the top side of itself. This gun fired heavy rounds of ammo at incoming mines in the case of travelling to Tau Volantis.


  • There are three "check engine" lights that act as a hull integrity gauge to show how much damage the Crozier has taken during the descent to the planet. These lights reset should the player restart from a checkpoint after the shuttle is destroyed.
  • Most of the other spacecraft in orbit around Tau Volantis are named after some of history's ill-fated expeditions; thus, the ship is likely named after Francis Crozier, who survived 6 Antarctic expeditions but perished during Franklin's Lost Expedition of the North West passage in 1848.
  • Audio logs detail the Crozier's history; the logs imply the ship was never in considerably functional condition even during the initial Tau Volantis Expedition by the S.C.A.F. and was described as spending most of its time in disuse.
  • For some reason, the inner airlock door uses the modern Dead Space 2 style door interface used on Titan Station and the New Horizons Lunar Colony.

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