The Narcissus was the shuttlecraft and lifeboat for the Weyland-Yutani commercial hauler USCSS Nostromo. The Narcissus weighed 48 metric tonnes and had a range of 13 parsecs. The Narcissus was 16.3 meters in length, 19.7 meters wide and 7.5 meters in height.
In 2122, the Nostromo had been intruded by a Xenomorph and began to kill the Nostromo's crew members one by one. Warrant Officer Ellen Ripley sets off the Nostromo's self-destruct system as an attempt to kill the creature, she along with her pet cat Jonesy boards the Narcissus to escape the Nostromo just moments before its destruction. Unknown by her that the creature had also snuck onboard the shuttlecraft by camouflaging itself in a small crevice, but Ripley finally manage to kill it by blowing it out an airlock and igniting it with the engines. Ripley activates the shuttlecraft's auto pilot and enters hypersleep with Jonesy.
The Narcissus would remain adrift in space for the next 57 years until it was recovered by a Gateway Station where both Ripley and Jonesy are rescued from their long period of hypersleep.