Shuttles

From Station

Shuttlecraft and Runabout Classes

(See also, Service History)


In Federation starship classification, shuttlecraft, (or shuttles), are auxiliary craft typically attached to a starship or a starbase. Most shuttles are short-range starships, possessing only impulse drive or a limited warp capability up to warp 5. Runabouts on the other hand are larger than a shuttlecraft but smaller than a starship. They are equipped with limited weapons and drive systems, but offer additional living space and the ability to be configured to mission-specific cargo capacities. They have a larger operational range and better weapons capability compared to shuttles, and are capable of speeds of up to warp 6.


Type 7-Class

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The Type 7 shuttlecraft was introduced in the early 2360's. They were standard aboard the Galaxy, Excelsior and Nebula classes before seeing wider service as personnel carriers on starbases. Very few were produced after 2373.

Technical Information

The Type 7 shuttle was a short to medium range auxiliary craft. Some shuttles were equipped with warp drive and were useful for interstellar travel, while others were restricted to impulse speeds. The impulse engine were located at the very aft of the vessel. The shuttles were typically unarmed and had minimal deflector shield coverage. They had escape transporters, which could be reconfigured for use as standard transporters if necessary.


The forward cockpit contained two seats, each with a small console and a view out the shuttlecraft window. In the centre of the cockpit was a large display which gave navigational information and acted as a viewscreen. The aft area had passenger seating and sensor control.

Class Information

Expected Duration: 0 years
Time Between Resupply: 0 years
Time Between Refit: 0 years

Personnel

Crew: 2
Passengers: 6

Dimensions

Length: 8.5 metres
Width: 3.6 metres
Height: 2.7 metres
Decks: 0

Engines

Cruising Velocity: Warp 1.5
Maximum Velocity: Warp 1.7
Emergency Velocity: Warp 2 (for 36 hours)

Defensive Systems

Phasers:

  • Type IV Array: 2

Shields:

  • Light Shielding System


Type 8-Class

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The Type 8 shuttlecraft was introduced in 2371 alongside the Intrepid-class and are part of the vessel's standard shuttlecraft loadout, although generally the Class 2 shuttle was preferred over the Type 8.

Technical Information

The Type 8 was very similar to the older Type 6 shuttles. There were only minor differences in the size of the port and starboard windows, and the warp nacelles resembled those of an Intrepid-class starship. Internally the Type 8 was virtually indistinguishable from the Type 6.


Type 8 shuttle's were composed of duranium, magnesite and carbon residue. They were not normally armed, but it was possible to fit the craft with dual phasers. The Type 8's phasers were powerful enough to destroy small Kazon vessels.

Class Information

Expected Duration: 0 years
Time Between Resupply: 0 years
Time Between Refit: 0 years

Personnel

Crew: 2
Passengers: 6

Dimensions

Length: 6 metres
Width: 4.4 metres
Height: 2.7 metres
Decks: 0

Engines

Cruising Velocity: Warp 2.6
Maximum Velocity: Warp 3
Emergency Velocity: Warp 4 (for 36 hours)

Defensive Systems

Phasers:

  • Type V Array: 2

Shields:

  • Light Shielding System


Type 9-Class

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The Type 9 shuttlecraft, also referred to as Class-2 shuttle, was widely used during the 2360s by Starfleet Academy, and were often the cause of "Class 2 claustrophobia" for the cadets who served aboard them, as they were, according to B'Elanna Torres, "fast, maneuverable, but not built for comfort."

Technical Information

A Class 2 shuttle's hull is made from a tritanium alloy. They originally had the top speed of warp 4 however, in 2372, the crew of USS Voyager discovered a new form of dilithium that could remain stable at a much higher warp frequency, and modified the Class 2 shuttle to achieve high-warp engine performance. As with other Starfleet shuttles of the era, these shuttles were equipped with phasers, and can be retrofitted with photon torpedoes.

Class Information

Expected Duration: 0 years
Time Between Resupply: 0 years
Time Between Refit: 0 years

Personnel

Crew: 2
Passengers: 2

Dimensions

Length: 9.17 metres
Width: 3.8 metres
Height: 2.95 metres
Decks: 0

Engines

Cruising Velocity: Warp 5
Maximum Velocity: Warp 5.4
Emergency Velocity: Warp 5.8 (for 3 hours)

Defensive Systems

Phasers:

  • Type IV Array: 3

Micro-Torpedoes:

  • Micro-Torpedo Launchers: 2
    • Micro-Photon Torpedoes: 30

Shields:

  • Light Shielding System


Type 10-Class

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Originally designed specifically for the Defiant-Class, the Type 10 shuttlepod utilized the lessons learned from successful modifications to class and shares many similar systems. The class marks one of those rare instances in Starfleet history that a shuttlecraft has been designed primarily for military purposes. Starfleet shuttles do come equipped with limited defensive systems; but their primary mission profile does not typically involve combat, but rather short-range personnel transfers, planetary ops, and limited deep space scouting, and emergency starship escape. The Type-10 Class, while sharing these capabilities, comes equipped with more powerful weapons and larger warp coil assemblies for increased speed and is more heavily shielded. It can also act in a tactical assistance role during combat, and provide a stronger defence for escape pods in the event a starship is damaged or destroyed.

Technical Information

Given its size, the Type 10 had a small cockpit with room for about four people. The primary power grid was powered by the impulse engines and made no use of antimatter. For this reason it was capable of entering areas of subspace metreon radiation that would normally collapse the dilithium matrix of a warp core. The pod also had back-up power in case the impulse power failed. There were also primary and secondary navigational computers.

Class Information

Expected Duration: 0 years
Time Between Resupply: 0 years
Time Between Refit: 0 years

Personnel

Crew: 1
Passengers: 3

Dimensions

Length: 9.64 metres
Width: 5.82 metres
Height: 3.35 metres
Decks: 0

Engines

Cruising Velocity: Warp 5.5
Maximum Velocity: Warp 5.8
Emergency Velocity: Warp 6.5 (for 3 hours)

Defensive Systems

Phasers:

  • Type VI Array: 4

Micro-Torpedoes:

  • Micro-Torpedo Launchers: 2
    • Micro-Photon Torpedoes: 30
    • Micro-Quantum Torpedoes: 15

Shields:

  • Light Shielding System


Type 11-Class

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The Type 11 shuttlecraft began service in the mid 2370's and is currently the largest Federation shuttlecraft. The design differed from other Starfleet shuttles with the cockpit separated from the rest of the shuttle similar the the Danube Runabout. This allowed for the comfort of smaller shuttles being maintained despite the larger cargo capacity.

Technical Information

Differing from older shuttles such as the Type 9, the Type 11's hull is composed of duranium, magnesite and carbon composite materials. The ship was also equipped with a docking hatch on the top of the vessel that allowed it to dock with other craft and stations. This new design seamlessly blends the need for personnel and cargo shuttles into one small craft.

Class Information

Expected Duration: 0 years
Time Between Resupply: 0 years
Time Between Refit: 0 years

Personnel

Crew: 1
Passengers: 3

Dimensions

Length: 14.64 metres
Width: 7.26 metres
Height: 4.5 metres
Decks: 0

Engines

Cruising Velocity: Warp 6.0
Maximum Velocity: Warp 6.6
Emergency Velocity: Warp 7.0 (for 3 hours)

Defensive Systems

Phasers:

  • Type V Array: 3

Micro-Torpedoes:

  • Micro-Torpedo Launchers: 2
    • Micro-Photon Torpedoes: 40
    • Micro-Quantum Torpedoes: 20

Shields:

  • Light Shielding System


Type 18-Class

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These shuttlepods were assigned to Defiant-class starships as part of their auxiliary craft complement. Capable of accommodating up to two flight crew and four passengers, or cargo, they were used for evacuation, planetary surface operations and ship-to-ship transfers. In their standard configuration, the Type 18 was only equipped with phaser armaments, however, they could be mounted with numerous other small weapons systems should the need arise.


Although the Type 18 shuttlepod was limited to sublight speeds under its own propulsion, if released from its mothership while at warp speed, it was capable of sustaining the superluminal velocity by generating its own subspace field.

Technical Information

As part of the design work of the Defiant and Type-10 shuttlepods, the Type 18 represents some of the newer engineering practices in Starfleet. There are several key design changes from the Type 15 in the Type 18: impulse engines are mounted as pods which better armour them and protect them from damage, the Type 18 can has larger life support systems, and the Type 18 is much more heavily armed than the Type 15. The Type 18's phasers are mounted as a turret on the top of the shuttlepod and it was designed to be swappable and removable from the hull. This is not a combat-ready shuttle, however, because of its very light shielding. The phasers were added to the design to allow the shuttlepod to fulfil some of the more vigorous assignments that fell into the role of the shuttlepod, such as debris clearance, escaping from battle, and short-range inspections and scouting.

Class Information

Expected Duration: 0 years
Time Between Resupply: 0 years
Time Between Refit: 0 years

Personnel

Crew: 2
Passengers: 4

Dimensions

Length: 4.5 metres
Width: 3.1 metres
Height: 1.8 metres
Decks: 0

Engines

Cruising Velocity: Warp 2.5 (After release)
Maximum Velocity: Warp 3 (After release)
Emergency Velocity: Warp 4 (After release, for 3 hours)

Defensive Systems

Phasers:

  • Type V Array: 3

Shields:

  • Light Shielding System


Captain's Yacht

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The Captain's Yacht is a large auxiliary vessel, compatible to a runabout, mounted in a recessed docking port in the ventral side of the primary hull. It is built into the design of several Federation starships, most notably the Galaxy and Sovereign classes and was the precursor to the Aerowing and Waverider. The yacht can be used by the ship's captain to travel alone or to host visiting dignitaries.

Interior

At almost a third larger than the Danube, the Captain's Yacht has facilities including six sleeping bunks and a comfortable passenger cabin. A replicator and flight couches provide for the needs of the passengers and a two-person transporter allows for beaming of personnel or cargo when needed. Atmospheric flight capabilities allow this vessel to land on planetary surfaces.


Class Information

Expected Duration: 0 years
Time Between Resupply: 0 years
Time Between Refit: 0 years

Personnel

Crew: 4
Passengers: 20

Dimensions

Length: 33.5 metres
Width: 26.2 metres
Height: 6.3 metres
Decks: 1

Engines

Cruising Velocity: Warp 4.5
Maximum Velocity: Warp 5
Emergency Velocity: Warp 5.5 (for 12 hours)

Defensive Systems

Phasers:

  • Type V Array: 5

Micro-Torpedoes:

  • Micro-Torpedo Launchers: 2
    • Micro-Quantum Torpedoes: 30

Shields:

  • Auto-Modulating Shields
  • Metaphasic Shielding


Danube-Class

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The Danube-class was first commissioned by Starfleet in 2368 for use as a light multipurpose craft in situations that demanded a vessel more capable than a standard shuttlecraft, but lower profile than a full-sized starship. With this flexibility, a runabout could be utilized as a long-range personnel and cargo transport, an agile mobile defence platform, or a high-speed reconnaissance vehicle.

Technical Information

The innovative feature that made the runabout possible was its compact, high-performance warp propulsion system. Runabouts were designed to have a maximum speed of warp 5. The Danube-class runabouts were also equipped with an aft tractor beam emitter. This emitter could be used to tow starships at least as large as a Galor-Class. It was also capable of being rigged to tow at warp velocities.


For defence, the runabout was armed with phasers and photon torpedoes. The torpedo launcher assembly was accessible via a hatch on the floor of the forward cabin. In late 2370, Chief Miles O'Brien of Deep Space 9 began retrofitting the weapon systems of the runabouts USS Mekong and USS Orinoco with extra banks of photon torpedoes in preparation to the Federation's first engagement with the Dominion. He also made some modifications to the phaser arrays and shield generators of the station's runabouts.


The hull of a Danube-class ship was made up of metallic composites that could interact with magnetic fields. Lost ships could be found by using a differential magnetometer to detect fluctuations in the hysteresis curve. In the case of low power, the runabout had a contingency fuel cell to provide an emergency supply of power. The vessel also had the ability to eject its antimatter pod if so needed.

Interior

Ideally, a runabout was piloted by two crewmembers, although one pilot would suffice. The pilots' consoles faced forward upon two large portholes. The cockpit had stations for up to four crewmembers. The two large portholes were equipped with retractable blast shutters. Small square viewscreens mounted within the forward corners of the cabin were used for video communication and ship status displays.


In the original configuration, a food replicator and a compact personnel transporter were located immediately behind the cockpit stations. After the class underwent a refit as hostilities arose between the Federation and the Dominion, the transporter and replicator were moved further back and a secondary tactical console was positioned in the cockpit. The transporter was capable of transporting multiple persons simultaneously.


The rear of the craft could be configured as a large crew cabin complete with sleeping and dining areas for extended travel. This area could also be used as a cargo bay. In the centre of the craft, between the two wing pylons, a series of replaceable modules could be connected. These modules could be swapped to suit mission requirements. Examples of available modules included science laboratories, crew quarters, and photon or quantum torpedo bays. The runabout was equipped with at least one manual escape hatch, located near the front side of the vehicle. A small Jefferies tube was also present, immediately underneath the warp core that ran along the spine of the vessel. The craft could also contain an emergency unit for medical emergencies.

Class Information

Expected Duration: 0 years
Time Between Resupply: 0 years
Time Between Refit: 0 years

Personnel

Crew: 2
Passengers: 10

Dimensions

Length: 23.1 metres
Width: 12.7 metres
Height: 5.4 metres
Decks: 1

Engines

Cruising Velocity: Warp 4
Maximum Velocity: Warp 5.4
Emergency Velocity: Warp 6 (for 6 hours)

Defensive Systems

Phasers:

  • Type VII Array: 2

Micro-Torpedoes:

  • Micro-Torpedo Launchers: 2
    • Micro-Quantum Torpedoes: 12
    • Micro-Photon Torpedoes: 12

Shields:

  • Auto-Modulating Shields
  • Metaphasic Shielding


Venture-Class

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The Venture Class runabout was designed as a vessel that could serve as a dedicated sensor platform. Despite having a number of long-range reconnaissance vessels, Starfleet needed a short-range vessel for scouting purposes. The designers selected an unused hull model originally developed for an aeroshuttle, on a proven spaceframe design, and developed a highly manoeuvrable craft with excellent sensor abilities.


During the Dominion War of 2373–2375, Venture Class scouts were used to locate Jem'Hadar movements and conduct reconnaissance of systems prior to Starfleet assaults. Such operations produced vital intelligence for Starfleet battle strategies.

Technical Information

A prototype, the USS Talon (often causing the vessel to be mislabelled as a Talon-Class), was constructed in 2373 and underwent a number of revisions. The Venture Class had a more durable warp drive than a Danube with the nacelles actually encased within the ship's body. This allowed it to sustain warp factors of up to 4 or 5 and a maximum of warp 7 for 24 hours. The impulse engines were also a little more reliable than the Danube and the streamlined aerowing hull allowed for superior atmospheric flight.


Despite not being designed for drawn-out battles, the Venture Class had limited armaments for self-defence. It was equipped with four phaser array strips with Type V or VI phasers and three Mark 25 direct-fire torpedo launchers with Type IV microtorpedoes. The final addition was the Class 5 sensor array and a miniature long-range sensor dish. The sensor capacity greatly outweighed that of a shuttlecraft or runabout, instead being comparable to a much larger vessel.

Class Information

Expected Duration: 0 years
Time Between Resupply: 0 years
Time Between Refit: 0 years

Personnel

Crew: 2
Passengers: 10

Dimensions

Length: 24.3 metres
Width: 16 metres
Height: 6.7 metres
Decks: 0

Engines

Cruising Velocity: Warp 4
Maximum Velocity: Warp 6.4
Emergency Velocity: Warp 7 (for 12 hours)

Defensive Systems

Phasers:

  • Type VII Array: 4

Micro-Torpedoes:

  • Micro-Torpedo Launchers: 2
    • Micro-Quantum Torpedoes: 8
    • Micro-Photon Torpedoes: 16

Shields:

  • Auto-Modulating Shields


Technical information gathered from Memory Alpha