Originally designed as an escape pod, the U-9000 was eventually retrofitted to be a small planetary personnel transport for engineers and workers. Aerodynamically designed as a smooth globe, up to 3 workers can be moved to loading sites near mines to load materials onto transports. The ZOO1 can then ascend to the atmosphere and be collected in slower large shuttles, simplifying the goods loading/unloading process and saving hours of travel time by giving slower transports less distance to travel. Private merchants also use these for planetary exploration and when furnished, as personal transports. These are fast, reliable and easy to modify personnel transports with room for small amounts of gear. Primarily, the U-9000 is designed for goods loading transport and as such is simplified and little more than a protective shell.