P-5000 Powered Work Loader
The P-5000 Powered Work Loader, is a commercial mechanized exoskeleton used for lifting heavy materials and objects. As well as widespread industrial use, the P-5000 is heavily employed by the United States Colonial Marine Corps to load ordnance on board their starships. Configured as an anthropomorphic exoskeleton power frame, the P-5000 offers unprecedented flexibility when handling ordnance and cargo during rough field operations. It also serves as a platform for conducting heavy maintenance away from fixed workshops. The basic Power Loader design was patented by Weyland Corp on January 29, 2025. While initial models were manufactured by Weyland Corp themselves, later commercial versions would be built by Caterpillar Inc.
Caterpillar Inc., often shortened colloquially to Cat, is an American heavy machinery manufacturing corporation originally founded in 1925 in Peoria, Illinois. By the 22nd century, one of the company’s most notable products was the P-5000 Powered Work Loader, which it supplied to various commercial and military clients, including the Weyland-Yutani Corporation and the United States Colonial Marine Corps.
Since introduction, the power loader has improved workplace safety by 300% in off-world applications. Its low alloy steel exoskeleton is designed to withstand maximum compression stress, keeping the driver safe from external blows. Hydraulically stabilized legs give 3 tons of load-lifting ability.
Perhaps the most famous use of a Power Loader was when Ellen Ripley used one in desperation to engage a Xenomorph Queen in hand-to-hand combat aboard the USS Sulaco.