The space tug, also known as the moon tug is a specialized shuttle built, developed, and used by the Earth Space Defense before and during the War of 2016. Space tugs were used in the transport and construction of material brought to humanity's off world colonies such as the Moon. These spacecraft are heavily armored and have at least two crew members; one pilot and the load operator who uses the arms to transport and maneuver their load.
During the Second Battle of Area 51 a space tug was used by Thomas Whitmore to destroy the Queen's ship in an attempt to end the War of 2016. Filled with cold fusion bombs and transmitting a signal that made the Harvester Queen believe the tug had the Sphere on board, Whitmore was able to fly the tug inside the Queen's ship and destroy it. However, the Queen herself survived.
Cross section and design of arms
Behind the Scenes
- In The Art and Making of Independence Day: Resurgence, the space tug is described by the production crew as a "space forklift." Due to being a centerpiece in Resurgence, Roland Emmerich, the concept artists, and builders spent their time and efforts getting its look and movement correct.