A combat-drop shuttle was a military space craft that was able to land on a planetary surface. It had sufficient shielding for protection against at least some space weaponry (plasma, for example) and carried a sufficient number of people to be worth sending down into a battle.
The combat-drop shuttles used by the Dendarii Free Mercenary Fleet at Dagoola were able to hold 200 people when filled rather tightly and 233 people when filled to crammed-up. Probably the combat-drop shuttles that were used by the Ariel, with a crew of 20, and the ones used by the Triumph, with a crew of 60, had much smaller capacities.
Combat drop shuttles are mentioned in many books of the Vorkosigan Saga, but the following have particularly detailed information:
- Brothers in Arms chapter 1