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Covenant Drop Pod
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Similar to the Orbital Drop Shock Trooper pods mentioned in Halo: The Flood, these Covenant drop pods seem to have different approaches to the same problem: how to insert troops into an atmosphere and successfully land on a planet's surface in a minimal amount of time. In the Halo 2 E3 Demo, a burst of gas appears when the pods open, quite possibly indicating that the soldiers are in cryosleep in these pods.

Alternatively, this may be the Covenant's solution to the problem of immense heat and friction while entering the atmosphere.