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SHUTTLECRAFT

The Shuttlecraft loadout on a Cheyenne Class contains the following:

  • 1. At least ten personnel shuttles or five runabouts with living quarters module
  • 2. At least ten cargo shuttles or three runabouts with no modules
  • 3. Twelve shuttlepods, unless otherwise replaced by personnel shuttles
  • 4. Two Sphinx Workpods
  • 5. Three Workbees
  • 6. Ordinance, Fuel, Spare Parts, and/or Runabout Modules
  • 7. Flight Ops


TYPE-15 SHUTTLEPOD

  • Type: Light short-range sub light shuttle.
  • Accommodation: Two; pilot and system manager.
  • Power Plant: Two 500 millicochrane impulse driver engines, four RCS thrusters, three sarium krellide storage cells.
  • Dimensions: Length, 3.6 m; beam, 2.4 m; height 1.6 m.
  • Mass: 0.86 metric tones.
  • Performance:Maximum delta-v, 12,800 m/sec.
  • Armament: Two Type-IV phaser emitters.

The Type-15 Shuttlepod is a two person craft primarily used for short-ranged transportations of personnel and cargo, as well as for extravehicular inspections of Federation starships, stations and associated facilities. Lacking the ability to obtain warp speeds, the Type-15 is a poor candidate for even interplanetary travel, and is traditionally used as a means of transport between objects only a few kilometers apart. The craft is capable of atmospheric flight, allowing for routine flights between orbiting craft or stations and planetside facilities. Ships of this type are stationed aboard various starship classes and stations, both spaceborne and planetside.

A variant of this type, the Type-15A Shuttlepod, shares the same specifications of its sister craft, but is capable of reaching a maximum delta-v of 13,200 m/sec. The Type-15A was a limited production craft and the information gained from its service allowed for further streamlining of what would eventually become the Type-16 Shuttle-pod. Still, the 15A remains in active service, and existing Type-15 spaceframes can easily be converted to the 15A provided that off the shelf parts are available. However, it should be noted that Starfleet Operations has deemed that the 15A spaceframe exhausts its fuel supply rather quickly and its production at major assembly plants is now discontinued.


TYPE-16 SHUTTLEPOD

  • Type: Medium short-range sub light shuttle.
  • Accommodation: Two: pilot and system manager.
  • Power Plant: Two 750 millicochrane impulse driver engines, four RCS thrusters, four sarium krellide storage cells.
  • Dimensions: Length, 4.8 m; beam, 2.4 m; height 1.6 m.
  • Mass: 1.25 metric tones.
  • Performance: Maximum delta-v, 12,250 m/sec.
  • Armament: Two Type-IV phaser emitters.

Like the Type-15, the Type-16 Shuttlepod is a two person craft primarily used for short-ranged transportations of personnel and cargo, as well as for extravehicular inspections of Federation starships, stations and associated fa-cilities. Lacking the ability to obtain warp speeds, the Type-16 is a poor candidate for even interplanetary travel, and is traditionally used as a means of transport between objects only a few kilometers apart. The craft is capable of atmospheric flight, allowing for routine flights between orbiting craft or stations and planetside facilities, and its cargo capacity is slightly higher then that of the Type-15. Ships of this type are stationed aboard various starship classes and stations, both spaceborne and planetside.

TYPE-18 SHUTTLEPOD

  • Type: Medium short-range sub light shuttle.
  • Accommodation: Two; pilot and system manager.
  • Power Plant: Two 800 millicochrane impulse driver engines, four RCS thrusters, four sarium krellide storage cells.
  • Dimensions: Length, 4.5 m; beam, 3.1 m; height 1.8 m.
  • Mass: 1.12 metric tones.
  • Performance: Maximum delta-v, 16,750 m/sec.
  • Armament: Three Type-V phaser emitters.

Developed in the mid-2360s, the Type-18 Shuttlepod is somewhat of a departure from the traditional layout for ships of its size. In response to the growing threat of conflicts with various galactic powers bordering or near to the Federation, this shuttlepod was designed to handle more vigorous assignments that still fell into the short-range roles of a shuttlepods. Even with her parent vessel under attack, the Type-18 was designed to function in battle situations and could even be used as an escape vehicle should the need arise. Lacking a warp core, the pod is a poor choice for travel beyond several million kilometers. Ships of this type are seeing limited deployment on various border patrol and defensive starship classes, including the Defiant-, Sabre-, and Steamrunner-class.

TYPE-6 PERSONNEL SHUTTLECRAFT (UPRTD)

  • Type: Light short-range warp shuttle.
  • Accommodation: Two flight crew, six passengers.
  • Power Plant: One 50 Cochrane warp engine, two 750 millicochrane impulse engines, four RCS thrusters.
  • Dimensions: Length, 6.0 m; beam, 4.4 m; height 2.7 m.
  • Mass: 3.38 metric tones.
  • Performance: Sustained Warp 3.
  • Armament: Two Type-IV phaser emitters.

The Type-6 Personnel Shuttlecraft is currently in widespread use throughout Starfleet, and is only recently being replaced by the slightly newer Type-8 Shuttle of similar design. The Uprated version of this vessel is considered to be the ideal choice for short-range interplanetary travel, and its large size makes it suitable to transport personnel and cargo over these distances. A short-range transporter is installed on board, allowing for easy beam out of cargo and crew to and from their destination. Atmospheric flight capabilities allow for this shuttle type to land on planetary surfaces. Ships of this type are currently in use aboard virtually every medium to large sized starship class, as well as aboard stations and Starbases. The Type-6 is perhaps the most successful shuttle design to date, and its overall structure and components are the foundations upon which the Type-8, -9, and -10 spaceframes are based.

Major technological advancements in the 2370’s allowed for further upgrades to be made to the engine systems aboard shuttlecraft. These upgrades make this craft more capable of long-range spaceflight and, like its starship counterparts, no longer damages subspace.


TYPE-7 PERSONNEL SHUTTLECRAFT (UPRTD)

  • Type: Medium short-range warp shuttle.
  • Accommodation: Two flight crew, six passengers.
  • Power Plant: One 150 Cochrane warp engine, two 750 millicochrane impulse engines, four RCS thrusters.
  • Dimensions: Length, 8.5 m; beam, 3.6 m; height 2.7 m.
  • Mass: 3.96 metric tones.
  • Performance: Sustained Warp 4.
  • Armament: Two Type-V phaser emitters.

With the borders of the Federation ever expanding as Starfleet reached the latter half of the 24th Century, the ASDB realized that there was sufficient need for a shuttlecraft capable of making the week-long journeys between planets and stations at low warp. The Type-7 was the first step in this direction, and is equipped for short-range warp travel. To offer comfort to its occupants, the shuttle contains a standard replicator system and sleeping compartments. The forward and aft compartments are separated by a small, informal living area that has a work-station and table. The aft area is normally equipped with a bunk area, but can easily be converted to allow for increased cargo capabilities. A medium-range transporter and atmospheric flight capabilities allow for the Type-7 to service starbases, starships and stations. Ships of this type are currently in use aboard most medium to large sized starship classes, as well as aboard stations and Starbases. Major technological advancements in the 2370’s allowed for further upgrades to be made to the engine systems aboard shuttlecraft. These upgrades make this craft more capable of long-range spaceflight and, like its starship counterparts, no longer damages subspace.

TYPE-8 PERSONNEL SHUTTLECRAFT

  • Type: Light long-range warp shuttle.
  • Accommodation: Two flight crew, six passengers.
  • Power Plant: One 150 Cochrane warp engine, two 750 millicochrane impulse engines, four RCS thrusters.
  • Dimensions: Length, 6.2 m; beam, 4.5 m; height 2.8 m.
  • Mass: 3.47 metric tones.
  • Performance: Warp 4.
  • Armament: Two Type-V phaser emitters.

Based upon the frame of the Type-6, the Type-8 Shuttlecraft is the most capable follow-up in the realm of person-nel shuttles. Only slightly larger, the Type-8 is equipped with a medium-range transporter and has the ability to travel within a planet‟s atmosphere. With a large cargo area that can also seat six passengers, the shuttle is a capable transport craft. Slowly replacing its elder parent craft, the Type-8 is now seeing rapid deployment on all medium to large starships, as well as to Starbases and stations throughout the Federation.

TYPE-9 PERSONNEL SHUTTLECRAFT

  • Type: Medium long-range warp shuttle.
  • Accommodation: Two flight crew, two passengers.
  • Power Plant: One 400 Cochrane warp engine, two 800 millicochrane impulse engines, four RCS thrusters.
  • Dimensions: Length, 8.5 m; beam, 4.61 m; height 2.67 m.
  • Mass: 2.61 metric tones.
  • Performance: Warp 6.
  • Armament: Two Type-VI phaser emitters.

The Type-9 Personnel Shuttle is a long-range craft capable of traveling at high warp for extended periods of time due to new advances in variable geometry warp physics. Making its debut just before the launch of the Intrepid-class, this shuttle type is ideal for scouting and recon missions, but is well suited to perform many multi-mission tasks. Equipped with powerful Type-VI phaser emitters, the shuttle is designed to hold its own ground for a longer period of time. Comfortable seating for four and moderate cargo space is still achieved without sacrificing speed and maneuverability. As is standard by the 2360‟s, the shuttle is equipped with a medium-range transporter and is capable of traveling through a planet‟s atmosphere. With its ability to travel at high-warp speeds, the Type-9 has been equipped with a more pronounced deflector dish that houses a compact long-range sensor that further helps it in its role as a scout. The Type-9 is now being deployed throughout the fleet and is especially aiding deep-space exploratory ships with its impressive abilities.

TYPE-10 PERSONNEL SHUTTLECRAFT

  • Type: Heavy long-range warp shuttle.
  • Accommodation: Two flight crew, two passengers.
  • Power Plant: One 250 Cochrane warp engine, two 800 millicochrane impulse engines, four RCS thrusters.
  • Dimensions: Length, 9.64 m; beam, 5.82 m; height 3.35 m.
  • Mass: 19.73 metric tones.
  • Performance: Warp 5.
  • Armament: Three Type-V phaser emitters, two micro-torpedo launchers, jamming devices.

Developed specifically for the Defiant-class starship project, the Type-10 Personnel Shuttle is the largest departure from the traditional role of an auxiliary craft that Starfleet has made in the past century. Short of a dedicated fighter craft, the Type-10 is one of the most powerful auxiliary ships, with only the bulkier Type-11 being more heavily equipped. Nonetheless, the shuttle sports increased hull armor and the addition of micro-torpedo launch-ers, as well as a suite of tactical jamming devices. A larger warp coil assembly, as well as torpedo stores, makes the Type-10 much more heavier then other shuttles. Elements from the Defiant-class project that were incorporated into the shuttle include armored bussard collectors, as well as a complex plasma venting system for use during possible warp core breech situations. This bulky craft is equipped with a powerful navigation deflector that allows it to travel at high-warp, and a complex sensor system makes this shuttle suitable for reconnaissance work. Able to hold its own in battle situations, the Type-10 is seeing limited deployment on Defiant-class starships, as well as border patrol vessels and combat-ready ships.

TYPE-11 PERSONNEL SHUTTLECRAFT

  • Type: Heavy long-range warp shuttle.
  • Accommodation: Four flight crew, six passengers.
  • Power Plant: One 400 Cochrane warp engine, two 800 millicochrane impulse engines, four RCS thrusters.
  • Dimensions: Length, 16 m; beam, 9.78 m; height 4.25 m. Mass: 28.11 metric tones.
  • Performance: Warp 6.
  • Armament: Four Type-V phaser emitters, two micro-torpedo launchers (fore and aft), aft-mounted veritable purpose emitter.

With an ultimate goal towards creating a useful all-purpose shuttlecraft, the designers of the Type-11 Personnel Shuttle set out to create a craft that was equipped with all the systems of a starship within the shell of a relatively small shuttle. Allocation of the larger Danube-class runabout to starships in the field proved too costly, and with the expressed need by the Sovereign-class development team for a capable shuttle, the Type-11 was born. Its overall frame and components are a meshing of lessons learned in both the Type-9 and Danube-class ves-sels. Impressive shielding, several phaser emitters, micro-torpedo launchers and a capable warp propulsion system makes this shuttle capable of performing a multitude of tasks. Both the ventral and dorsal areas of the shuttle feature a new magnaclamp docking port that is capable of linking up to other ships similarly equipped. A two-person transporter and a large aft compartment with a replicator adds to the shuttle‟s versatility. The end hope is that these all-purpose shuttles will replace the more specific-purpose crafts already stationed on starships, reducing the amount of space needed for shuttle storage in already-cramped bays. The Type-11 is now seeing selective deployment outside the Sovereign-class to further assess its capabilities in the field.

Information on the Type-11 is relatively scarce, aside from a few paragraphs in Star Trek: The Magazine #1. Its classification is conjectural.

TYPE-9A CARGO SHUTTLECRAFT (UPRTD)

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  • Type: Heavy long-range warp shuttle.
  • Accommodation: Two flight crew.
  • Power Plant: One 150 Cochrane warp engine, two 750 millicochrane impulse engines, six RCS thrusters.
  • Dimensions: Length, 10.5 m; beam, 4.2 m; height 3.6 m.
  • Mass: 8.9 metric tones.
  • Performance: Warp 4.
  • Armament: Two Type-V phaser emitters.

Short of a full-fledged transport ship, the Type-9A Cargo Shuttle is the primary shuttle of choice for cargo runs at major Starfleet facilities. Originally developed by the ASDB team stationed at Utopia Planitia, the 9A served as cargo vessel that carried components from the surface of Mars to the facilities in orbit. While able to travel at warp velocities, the 9A is somewhat slow at sub-light speeds, especially when carrying large amounts of cargo. The front of the shuttle is divided by a wall with a closable hatch, allowing for the aft area to be opened to the vacuum of space. The 9A also has the ability to carry one Sphinx Workpod in the aft area. A medium-range transporter and atmospheric flight capabilities allow it to easily complete its tasks. While rarely seen stationed aboard all but the largest starships, the Type-9A is a common site at any large Starfleet facility.

In response to the need to transporter ground troops into areas heavily shielded, a variant designated the Type-9B was designed and is capable of carrying 40 troops and their equipment to the surface of a planet or interior of a space station. This variant has seen limited service onboard frontline ships, most notably the Steamrunner-class starship.

Major technological advancements in the 2370’s allowed for further upgrades to be made to the engine systems aboard shuttlecraft. These upgrades make this craft more capable of long-range spaceflight and, like its starship counterparts, no longer damages subspace.

WORK BEE

  • Type: Utility craft.
  • Accommodation: One operator.
  • Power Plant: One microfusion reactor, four RCS thrusters.
  • Dimensions: Length, 4.11 m; beam, 1.92 m; height 1.90 m.
  • Mass: 1.68 metric tones.
  • Performance: Maximum delta-v, 4,000 m/sec.
  • Armament: None

The Work Bee is a capable stand-alone craft used for inspection of spaceborne hardware, repairs, assembly, and other activates requiring remote manipulators. The fully pressurized craft has changed little in design during the past 150 years, although periodic updates to the internal systems are done routinely. Onboard fuel cells and microfusion generators can keep the craft operational for 76.4 hours, and the life-support systems can provide breathable air, drinking water and cooling for the pilot for as long as fifteen hours. If the pilot is wearing a pres-sure suit or SEWG, the craft allows for the operator to exit while conducting operations. Entrance and exit is pro-vided by the forward window, which lifts vertically to allow the pilot to come and go. A pair of robotic manipulator arms is folded beneath the main housing, and allows for work to be done through pilot-operated controls. In addition, the Work Bee is capable of handling a cargo attachment that makes it ideal for transferring cargo around large Starbase and spaceborne construction facilities. The cargo attachment features additional microfusion engines for supporting the increased mass.

TYPE-M1 SPHINX WORKPOD

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  • Type: Light industrial manipulator (Sphinx M1A), medium industrial manipulator (Sphinx M2A), medium tug (Sphinx MT3D).
  • Accommodation: Pilot (M1A, M2A); pilot and cargo specialist (MT3D).
  • Power Plant: One microfusion reactor, four alfinium krellide power storage cells, four RCS thrusters.
  • Dimensions: Length, 6.2 m; beam, 2.6 m; height 2.5 m.
  • Mass: 1.2 metric tones.
  • Performance: Maximum delta-v, 2,000 m/sec.
  • Armament: None

Along with the Work Bee, the various Sphinx Workpod types are a common site in any large Federation shipbuilding facility. Intended never to be far from its parent facility, the Workpod was designed to allow greater user hands-on control of the various functions involved with day-to-day construction and repair. With more tools then the Work Bee, the Sphinx M1A and M2A are used primarily to manipulate spaceborne hardware during construc-tion. The Sphinx MT3D is a third variant of this robust design, and can be used for towing objects to and from the construction site. Furthermore, a group of MT3D units can work together to tow larger objects into place, including most starship classes, when large tractor emitters are not an option. All three variants utilize the same basic systems, and are small enough to fit inside of a Type-9A Cargo Shuttlecraft. All variants of the Sphinx Workpod are commonly found at Federation Fleet Yards and Starbases, as well as on larger Starfleet vessels.

CAPTAIN'S YACHT

  • Type: Cheyenne Class Integrated Craft Accommodation: 3 flight crew, 4 passengers.
  • Power Plant: Toroidal driver coil-based impulse propulsion system; aerodyne flight motors.

Dimensions:

  • Length: 18 m; Width: 10 m (full wingspan);
  • Height: 8 m
  • Performance:
  • Maximum impulse: 0.65c; normal atmospheric cruising velocity: Mach 6; maximum atmospheric velocity: Mach 20.
  • Armament: None

Cheyenne-class vessels are equipped with an auxiliary spacecraft normally used for diplomatic missions called the Captain's Yacht. Much larger then a shuttlecraft, the Captain's Yacht is mounted on the underside of the ship's saucer section where it remains docked during normal flight operations. Access to the Yacht is provided through dorsal entry hatch affixed to a docking collar on the upper half of the craft. It is essentially divided into two decks, with the bottom deck housing a toroidal driver coil-based impulse propulsion system, two landing legs for planetary landings, a series of aerodyne flight motors for atmospheric flight as well as fuel and maintenance access to various subsystems.

Manned by a normal flight crew of two and one service representative to assist diplomatic guests, the upper deck houses a flight deck, two modest staterooms, flight crew bunks, and a galley. While not equipped with any means of warp propulsion, the Yacht is specially designed so that it can be launched from its parent ships at speeds as high as Warp 7, where it then coasts down to normal impulse speeds. A deflector system and onboard sensor pal- lets make the craft suitable for short-range travel. Used normally to transport dignitaries to and from a planet's surface when normal transporter use is not possible, the Yacht is capable of atmospheric flight and planetary landing. Entry/egress platforms on both ends of the craft allow the crew to easily enter and exit the craft.

Some modern versions of the Captain's Yacht are being equipped with two-person short-range transporter systems, while prototype testing of warp-capable yachts still fails basic objective requirements due to the amount of internal reworking caused by the additional hardware, as well as sacrifices in terms of craft internal space and mass. Experimentation continues with membrane-based warp coils, as well as deployable warp nacelles, similar to the Sovereign-class Captain's Yacht.