So does James Thalim need the shuttle for just transport to join the group or does gage need access to space for part of the plan. (Assuming I am right in thinking that is some form of Orbital/sub-orbital transport he is borrowing)
After all with the cascade still up in ordit there has to be easier ways of getting about the place than that.
But from space you have pretty much a view on any part of the world.
As of right now, Thalim is going to be trying to do a suborbital hop to get over to the other side of the Mist.
*minispoiler* Currently Ena MacSwain is in contact with some of the members of her House about arranging some type of pickup for Thalim when he crosses over.