DRDs - Diagnostic Repair Drone
featured on the science fiction adventure series FARSCAPE/SCI/1999-2003.
The DRD's are small maintenance robots created by a living
biomechanical spacecraft called Moya. The DRDs service Moya's
internal operations. The DRDs can be seen scuttling about the ship
with their stalk-like eyes as they illuminate their way through
Moya's vast corridors searching for things to repair and maintain
The DRD's contain all sorts of tools in their tiny little
frames including various tightening devices (wrenches) and lasers.
As they move about, the DRS emit an irritating electronic
squeaking sound. There are hundreds of DRDs on Moya. The DRDs have
also been referred to as a Diagnostic and Repair
The DRD's have been known to swarm around a visitor to the ship
and herd that person down the hallways. If the DRDs feel the
visitor is a threat to Moya, they can dispatch them with tiny but
Trio of DRDs in conference
Astronaut John Crichton nearly got himself killed when he
discovered a gaggle of droids protecting Moya's soon-to-be born
child in the interior of the ship. It was only when the DRDs
sensed John was not a threat (and when he put down his pulse
rifle) that they retracted their weaponry. The DRD's may be cute
and tiny but when need be...they can be very deadly.
While most of the DRDs are nameless, a few have been nicknamed. On
episode "Crichton Kicks" John Crichton adopts a DRD to pass the
lonely hours as he waits to be rescued from a dying Leviathan
biomechanical craft named Elack. John paints the droid red, white
and blue and names it 1812 after Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture".
The droid is also programmed to play the tune.
Another DRD was nicknamed Pike because it communicated with
blinks like the Star Trek character Christopher Pike (one blink
for yes, two blinks for no). Poor DRD Pike. He was accidentally
trapped in a Starburst Chamber and destroyed by the blast.
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