We get more about Pii and those ships in orbit. Also, a few references to lost material: the independent anime “Strawberry Panic” from Chiba University sometime in the late ‘80s or early ‘90s, and the original 32 page version of this chapter. I tried looking for each, but with no luck.
The term I'm translating as “transport” is originally 転送, which is what whoever translated Star Trek into Japanese used, so I suppose it should work backwards. As we'll see next chapter, it's a very exact parallel.