This is a freight shuttle with a large aft door. The wings are swept
down for atmospheric flight. The shuttle is warp-capable, with the
nacelles located very close to the hull.
cargo shuttle named Argo appears in "Star Trek Nemesis". The
wheeled ground vehicle aboard the shuttle is also named Argo.
This is why we can suppose that the vehicle belongs to the shuttle's
Da Vinci SB4-0314/2
Galileo II NCC-1701/7
(Name unknown) NCC-K7
For dramaturgic reasons the TOS
shuttle had to be much slower than the Enterprise, and it wasn't even
supposed to have warp drive. Three out of only eight TOS episodes in which
shuttles were used, however, would require the shuttle to travel at
warp. In TOS: "The Menagerie" a shuttle from Starbase 11
clearly pursues the Enterprise at warp. TOS: "Metamorphosis"
shows our heroes on interstellar travel with the shuttle - although we
may make up an explanation that their shuttle was dropped at the edge
of a solar system. In TOS: "Let That Be Your Last
Battlefield" Lokai's shuttle is encountered in deep space,
although it was reported stolen just two weeks ago.
The starbase shuttle that appeared in TOS: "The Menagerie" was
called "Class F". This could be either the name for the
shuttles aboard the NCC-1701 too, or it could denote a warp-capable
variant, if we insist on the Enterprise shuttles being impulse-only
(although it would make no sense to give the ship such an inferior
6.7m is the length as laid out by Matt Jefferies. The interior set
appears to be larger, but I'm going with the original size.
The number "NCC-K7" was in the shuttlebay of Deep
Space K-7 in DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations". It was not
visible in the episode, though.
The Director's Cut of "Star Trek: The Motion Picture"
shows TOS shuttles at Starfleet Headquarters, one of which is named
The shuttle named Einstein is the one that Decker steals in the
remastered version of "The Doomsday Machine", according
to Mike Okuda (he fixed a naming error because the original episode
re-used stock footage of the meanwhile destroyed Galileo). The Picasso
is the so far unnamed shuttle from Starbase 11 in TOS-R: "The
Menagerie", the Da Vinci the one from Starbase 4 in TOS-R:
"Let That Be Your Last Battlefield". On a perhaps more
important note, the grille on the aft end of the shuttle in TOS-R:
"The Doomsday Machine" is lighted red, indicating that this
is supposed to be the impulse engine. This insinuates that the two
tube engines are indeed warp nacelles, although no lighting effect was
added to the Bussard collectors.
The shuttle appeared only in
"Star Trek Generations". It combines elements of the
standard Type-6 shuttle and the longer shuttle from "Star Trek
V". It is possible that it is actually an upgraded version of the
In addition to several duplicate shuttlecraft numbers on the
Enterprise-D, the Hawking is a duplicate name. Berman was very fond of
the noted physicist Stephen Hawking (so am I too), and he decided to
name yet another shuttle for him - maybe
the Type 7 had been destroyed or assigned to another ship in the
The Type 6 exterior was built
as a 1/1 scale model from the beginning, modifying the shuttle from
"Star Trek V". Although it seems that Type 6 gradually
replaced Type 7, this is only because no good 1/1 scale exterior of
the latter was available. Actually, we should assume that both types
were on board for the whole eight years of TNG until
Type-6 shuttles are also being used on Voyager. The type is
explicitly mentioned in the Star Trek Voyager Technical Guide V1.0
for the writers. It is unknown whether the Type-6 shuttles
unintentionally found their way into the series although the Type 8
became available, or whether Voyager
was supposed to have Type 6 and Type 8 from the very beginning (Type 9
being a creation of the second season). Anyway, we have seen Type-6
shuttles several times in the series, but official publications like
the Fact Files still claim that exclusively the similar Type 8 was
used. This may be out of ignorance, or it is an excuse that the VFX
people used to confuse the shuttle types and didn't even notice that
they changed the shuttle type during the flight! This happened in VOY:
"Coda" and "The Raven".
The Type-6 shuttles in the shuttlebay in TNG: "Cause and
Effect" were labeled "Berman" and "Piller".
Their names were not supposed to be readable, so they may fall into
the same category as in-jokes on labels and diagrams - although there
would be no problem with their names.
In TNG: "Ship in a Bottle" Moriarty entered a Type-6 mock-up
which later appeared as a Type 7. This may be due to a glitch in the
In TNG: "Lower Decks" Ensign Sito Jaxa is supposed to
take an escape pod back to Federation space. Thereby it is implied
that the Type-6 shuttle Curie is equipped with an escape pod, although
the only conceivable place underneath the floor would be urgently
needed for power systems and fuel.
The numbers of the apparently new Type-6 shuttles are generally not
in line with those of the Type 7. Perhaps some of the shuttles were
simply replaced or renumbered.
The shuttle was designed by
Andrew Probert. Probert originally intended the Type 7 to have a
longer window band, extending backward across the side hatch (see his concept
kit). This variant can be seen on a computer screen in TNG: "The Naked
Now", "Datalore", "The Last Outpost" and
In TNG: "Skin of Evil" a shuttlecraft that is obviously
supposed to be a Type 7 is partially buried in rock, with the rear end
sticking out. The 1/1 scale mock-up is painted differently
and, moreover, is missing the aft hatch of the miniature and several
hull details. It may qualify as another variant of the shuttle design.
We see a 1/1 scale mock-up of the Type-7 shuttle Sakharov in the shuttlebay in TNG: "Unnatural
Selection" (and as stock footage in a few more episodes).
The attempt to correctly reproduce the elegant curves of the shuttle
miniature failed, and the 1/1 model looks very clumsy. Since this big model is
explicitly said and labeled to be the same as the shuttle miniature used for the
shots in space, there is no point in assuming that the boxy version
could be a distinct type of shuttle.
There is also an even more streamlined potential variant, showing
up on an unused matte painting for TNG: "Home Soil" and in the
background of "11001001" (see below).
In TNG: "Q Who" Data states that this type of shuttle has
no warp drive, which will be contradicted later.
Since TNG: "Evolution" a display in the shuttlebay lists the available
shuttles, which at that time were apparently all meant to be Type 7.
It was never readable but is serious enough to qualify as close to
canon. Some names and numbers on the list are of Type-7 shuttles that we actually saw on the show, some are new. The names on the list are:
Shuttle 01 - Sakharov, Shuttle 02 - Einstein,
Shuttle 04 - Von Braun, Shuttle 05 - Clarke, Shuttle 08 - Ansel Adams,
Shuttle 09 - Indiana Jones, Shuttle 10 - Cousteau, Shuttle 11 - Descartes (misspelled as "Decartes"),
Shuttle 15 - JF Kennedy, Shuttle 20 - Tereshkova, Shuttle 21 -
The shuttle in TNG: "Identity Crisis" has NCC-70367
clearly visible on the starboard hull, while the aft hatch is labeled
NCC-70637. The latter would become the registry of the USS
Drake - assigned to USS Voyager
Tereshkova - Voyager Shuttlecraft 01
It is unknown why the Type-8
shuttle was created for Voyager although the similar Type-6 shuttle
was available. The silly reason may be that, like all of the
Enterprises too, Voyager should have shuttles with nacelles that resemble
the nacelles of their
mother ship. Strangely, the VFX people nevertheless retained Type-6
shuttles for the series. Considering that they frequently confused the two
types, this could be accidental. Anyway, some of the alleged Type-8
shuttles on Voyager mentioned in the Fact Files (or the loss list in the ST
Magazine) are actually Type 6.
Cochrane - Voyager Shuttlecraft 04
Harris - assigned to USS Voyager
Dawkins - assigned to facility in Sol system
The authors didn't care that Rick Sternbach designated this shuttle
as "Type 12" - considering that Type 9a is already taken by
the cargo shuttle from the TNGTM (see below).
At least in VOY: "Resolutions" the shuttle was explicitly
called "Type 9". The maximum speed of Warp 4 also comes from
this episode. Later, in the fifth season, the authors forgot their own
"Type 9" too, and suddenly came up with the designation "Class 2", now completely ignoring the
established nomenclature of
shuttles. We may still assume that
"Class 2" is a collective name for all small shuttle types,
considering that B'Elanna seemed to know "Class 2" shuttles
from her time at the Academy a couple of years ago, obviously before
the Intrepid class and therefore this class-specific shuttle type even
existed. On the other hand, the Type-9 shuttle has an especially
impractical design compared to the Type 6 and Type 7, for instance, so
B'Elanna should remember an even more comfortable "Class 2"
shuttle from her Academy days.
It has become a silly habit that many Starfleet shuttlecraft look like
miniatures of their mother ships, although for economic and technical
reasons there should be standard types irrespective of the ship class on
which they are based. The nacelles of the TOS shuttlecraft (although
these were never supposed to be warp nacelles!) and of the Type 7
which look like almost exact copies of their mother ships' nacelles
may still be explained in that it's the generic look of nacelles - be
they large for starships or small for shuttles. Type 9, however, has
details aside from the nacelles that remind us rather of the Intrepid
class than of other shuttles (the deflector, the impulse drives and
the sensor pallets, for instance).
Aside from its resemblance to the large Intrepid class, the
exaggerated streamlined look results in a sufficient height to stand
upright for only 2m of the overall length of 8.5m. All other shuttles,
such as the shorter Type 6, have a much better usage of the available
It seems that Voyager is only using Type-9 (or rather
"Class-2") shuttles besides the Delta Flyer since the sixth
season. The most likely real-world reason is that the Type 9 looks
"cooler" than the boxy Type 6 and Type 8. The fictional
explanation may be that Voyager has finally run out of spare parts for
shuttles, and it was regarded useful to build only the most advanced type,
namely Type 9, from scratch.
Here is my rant
about the miraculous flight at infinite speed in "Threshold".
The DS9TM gives a
length of 9.64m for the Type-10 shuttle. Since the Defiant
is rather 120m long than 170m, we have to scale down the shuttle
that could be seen only once, in DS9: "Sound of Her Voice".
This would make make it impossible for passengers to stand upright inside, though.
Type-10 shuttles, like those of Type 9, are a silly construction
from an engineering viewpoint. Actually, Type 10, whose unusual warp drive seems to be derived rather from the large
Defiant than from any other shuttle, is even more irrational.
Considering that only a few of these shuttles are needed for the
Defiant class, it is absurd that Starfleet hasn't anything better to
do during the Dominion War than toying around with shuttle designs.
The Type 15, unlike the larger
Type 7 and the later Type 6, was always supposed to be a sublight
shuttle (as explicitly stated by Riker in TNG: "Time
Squared" and by Geordi, who mentioned its "impulse
nacelle" in TNG: "In Theory"). Nevertheless it seems that occasionally it must have been
warp-capable. Most obviously this must have been the case in TNG:
"The Mind's Eye" when Geordi's shuttle was kidnapped by the
Romulans in open space (although here we see the ship at sublight
speed only). Well, it could be that
Geordi's shuttle had just been dropped by a starship and was waiting
for a rendezvous with another one that would have taken him to Risa. A similar problem exists with the
shuttlepod Cousteau of the USS Aries in TNG: "Identity
Crisis". I think a renegade Starfleet officer would have had
difficulties in finding someone to take him to Tarchannen so quickly.
The episode made no mention of a possible vessel that could have taken
In all scenes with the shuttle miniature in space we can see a red
light in the center of the aft wall, which has to be the impulse
exhaust. However, on the life-size model, there is a cargo hold only
centimeters behind the aft hatch, and in TNG: "Power Play"
the "impulse drive" even serves as an emergency exit...
A display in the Enterprise-D shuttlebay lists the
available shuttlepods, most likely all of Type 15. It was never readable but is serious enough to qualify as close to canon.
Some names and numbers on the list are of Type-15 shuttles that we
actually saw on the show, some are new. The names on the list are: Pod 02 - Chris Pike,
Pod 05 - El Baz, Pod 07 - Onizuka, Pod 08 - Heinlein, Pod 09 - Lindbergh (misspelled as "Lindberg"),
Pod 10 - PT Farnsworth, Pod 12 - Sam Freedle, Pod 14 - Cochrane, Pod 15 - Armstrong,
Pod 16 - Curie, Pod 18 - Feynman. It is possible that the shuttle Pike
(No. 12?) we saw was really the one listed as "Chris Pike"
It is incredibly ironic that all three
Type-18 shuttlepods that ever appeared in the series, though allegedly
capable of sublight speed only (according to DS9TM), must have gone to
DS9: "The Search" it was woefully
unlikely that the Defiant could have been so close to the Omarion Nebula when
the Jem'Hadar boarded the ship and Odo and Kira escaped with one of
these shuttles. On the contrary, the plot logic requires that they
were a long way from the Nebula because, prior to the attack, Odo tried in vain to talk
Kira into going there. In the Founders' simulation in the same episode, Sisko and Bashir
even took a shuttlepod to go back to the wormhole, at least several light years.
Their energy supply was exhausted after six days, but since they seemed to act on their own within the
simulation parameters, they should have anticipated that this was
absolutely impossible. In DS9: "Destiny", finally, the pod
was explicitly said to have warp drive: "A shuttle pod
could maneuver between them [the comet fragments], and its warp
drive should be able to create a large enough subspace
Even more strangely, the shuttlepod Sisko and Bashir used in
"The Search" had an aft hatch, as opposed to the wing doors
that Type 18 was designed with. Kira's and Odo's shuttle was the same
set from inside, but the model used to represent the outside
definitely didn't have anything like such a hatch. It seems very
unlikely that a two-seated shuttle should have three doors.
The Defiant class and the Intrepid class employ the same type of
escape pods. They are hidden behind flush hull plates on the Defiant
class and behind hatches on the Intrepid class. The lifeboats may be
combined to clusters in the "gaggle mode". Gallery: Federation Shuttlecraft
No name given
The Defiant escape pods could be seen in DS9: "Valiant" and
"The Changing Face of Evil". The hull plates don't
completely break away, but it is unknown if the pods are supposed
to be re-integrated into the ship. If the Defiant escape pods are the
same size as on the Intrepid, the ship is some 150m long.
The Intrepid lifeboats may be easily retrieved.
They were used in VOY: "Dreadnought", "Year of Hell" (although not in the true timeline), "The
Haunting of Deck Twelve" (although this all may be a tale by
Neelix), "Inside Man" and "Workforce". Some of
them were destroyed in the latter episode, but we may assume that
building new ones is as easy as building new torpedoes or shuttles.
A lifeboat of the USS Arcos could be seen in TNG: "Legacy".
It is obviously the same mock-up that would appear as the Nenebek, only without the aft
section that may not yet exist at this time. The versatile full-scale model will also appear as
Rasmussen's time pod, the Iyaaran shuttle and the Klingon Toron shuttle.
The Galaxy class carries autonomous survival and recovery vehicles
(ASRVs) with accommodation for up to six persons. These lifeboats can
be docked to each other, in order to form larger clusters.
No name given
I counted 420 lifeboat hatches on the Enterprise-D. The hatches are
about 7m x 8m and obviously much larger than the lifeboats themselves.
The image shows a colored version of the b/w depiction in the TNGTM.
Thanks to Kris!
The term ASRV is mentioned in the TNGTM. It may be a more
formal name for escape pods or lifeboats in general, or it may be a
special or new type used on the Galaxy class. Since already ships of
the Constitution class were supposed to have escape pods ("Star
Trek II"), but the TNGTM states that ASRVs were introduced
as late as 2337 for the Renaissance class, the latter seems to be
The Sovereign lifeboats can be quickly launched and retrieved. There
are no hatches, but the upper surface of the lifeboats is almost flush
with the hull. When the escape pods are about to enter an atmosphere,
the top surface is turned "down" to serve as a heat
shield. Gallery: Federation Shuttlecraft
The captain's yacht of a Galaxy-class and a Nebula-class vessel is docked to the center
of the ventral saucer section. It is equipped with impulse drive and
atmospheric thrusters. Gallery: Federation Shuttlecraft
The TNGTM has an embarrassing mistake because the dimensions
of the captain's yacht are less than half of what they should be,
considering that the yacht's outline is clearly visible in ventral
views of the ship. Therefore the depicted cross-section of the yacht is wrong
too, unless it was built for giants. The correct length is 23m in
flight direction, as can be easily measured in the Enterprise-D
The yacht of the Enterprise NCC-1701-D was christened "Calypso", after Jacques
Cousteau's ship, by Patrick Stewart. We have never seen this vehicle
Length: 23m (in flight direction)
Max. speed: 0.65c
The contours of a shuttle can be clearly seen on the ventral side of
Voyager's saucer hull. Nevertheless, the aeroshuttle has never been
mentioned, much less been shown in the seven years of Voyager, although to use it
would have been an option several times and although the crew even
took the efforts to build the Delta Flyer from scratch. There are
several possible explanations.
Since we can't simply deny the shuttle-like structure on the saucer
bottom, I like the suggestion that there was just a placeholder for
the aeroshuttle or that the aeroshuttle was not yet finished at the
time of "Caretaker". The aeroshuttle could be seen as a
vessel of its own on Daniels's display in ENT: "Future Tense"
There is a depiction of the aeroshuttle in the book Starship
Spotter, based on unused test shots by Foundation
Imaging. This version appeared in Star Trek: The Magazine too.
Like the Galaxy captain's yacht, of which we haven't seen the upper
half either, this look should be commonly accepted.
The Nova class features a streamlined shuttle which is docked to the
underside of the saucer hull.
No name given
Like the captain's yacht of the Galaxy class and the Intrepid
aeroshuttle, this vehicle was never seen in action, but that's no
problem to explain since we saw the Nova class only two times.
The captain's yacht was worked out by John Eaves for
"Insurrection". The yacht, or more precisely, its lower half already existed on the original studio miniature of the
Enterprise-E at the time of "First Contact". The only design flaw is that the quantum torpedo launcher of the Enterprise
was placed on the very same deck as the upper
half of the yacht. The launcher must be a tiny
piece of technology and the torpedoes almost scratch the windshield of
the yacht. Originally, the yacht would have had a recessed window
which would have alleviated the problem.
For "Nemesis" the ventral side was designed to be
slightly more streamlined than it looked in "First Contact".
Starfleet Academy uses this small sublight craft for the flight
training of cadets.
No name given
Greg Jein built this small vessel for TNG: "The First
Duty", based on a sketch by Rick Sternbach. The model depicted on
many websites is not the actual studio model though, but a replica
that was detailed by Rick Sternbach. There are differences, such as
the wings that are black in the episode. Moreover it appears that the
cockpit bulge is not as wide on the replica as it should be.
side view replaces the completely
wrong depiction in the ST Encyclopedia II that actually shows a
Federation fighter. Yet, it is based on the replica, rather than on
the actual studio model of which no clear pictures are available.
Length: approx. 12m
The docking shuttle resembles a work bee and is used in spacedocks.
No name given
This vehicle can be spotted in the spacedocks in TNG: "11001001" and
"Remember Me" and at the Remmler Array in TNG:
"Starship Mine". The hull was made from a foot of a GoBots
toy. Its engine pods were built from disposable
(Name unknown) NAR-25820
(Name unknown) assigned to USS Farragut
The only time the executive shuttle could be seen was in "Star
Trek VI" when it transferred our heroes to the Spacedock. It is
uncertain whether the shuttle is equipped with warp drive. There
are two flat cylindrical structures that resemble Galaxy-class warp
nacelles on the underside, but such warp nacelles shouldn't exist as
early as 2293.
The miniature was later converted to represent a large starship,
the Sydney class, by adding many
rows of windows, a bridge module and Constitution-type warp nacelles.
The remaining similarity between the small shuttle and the large
starship must be a coincidence. It is absolutely wrong to call the shuttle "Sydney class", as it is done in the Fact
I assume that the "blue shuttle" that picked up survivors
from the saucer of the Enterprise-D in Generations was of this type
too. This shuttle is attached to the Farragut, as indicated by its
hull number NCC-60597. The size of the blue shuttle which can be seen
floating above the saucer is consistent with the structural analysis
of the shuttle model.
The shuttle's registry is "SD-103" in the dialogue of
"Star Trek VI".
Length: approx. 26m
work bee 1
work bee 2
work bee 3
This type of work bees is in use in drydocks around 2379.
No name given
The work bee appeared in three slightly different variants in "Star Trek Nemesis".
It seems the spacedock shuttle is equipped with impulse drive only.
Shuttles of this type can also be seen in Earth's atmosphere in
"Star Trek IV". The size of 8m is based on the human
figures inside the studio model.
The publication 30 Jahre Star Trek calls the shuttle #5
"Magellan". I don't know where this information comes from.
The studio model itself does not seem have a name painted on the hull.
The yellow work bees first appeared in "Star Trek: The Motion Picture".
The same type still seems to be in use in the 24th century, such as at
Deep Space 9 or Utopia Planitia, now colored gray or white. The numbers of the
depicted two white work bees (008 and 010) may be
In the DS9TM the length of the work bee is given as 4.11m.
Whilst this would be a quite comfortable size, it would make the
single-seated craft bigger than a Type-15 shuttlepod. In the original
TMP blueprints the work bee is only 2.7m long. Looking at Probert's
sketches of the TMP cargo bay, it seems that a length of a bit
more than 3m is a good compromise, considering that humanoids of more
than 2m should be able to use the craft too.
Neelix's shuttle is included here because he was a member of the crew
and his shuttle belonged to Voyager's complement for quite a long
Like the Delta Flyer too, the Baxial may barely pass through the
shuttlebay door (as seen in VOY: "Workforce"), but definitely doesn't fit into the small shuttlebay
set as it was shown a couple of times, so it is a miracle that it
could be stored. At 15m length, at least the door height would be just
sufficient for the Baxial, still, the cockpit section would be only as
large as a shuttlepod. I think that the rest of the ship is dedicated
to supplies and propulsion systems.
See also Delta Quadrant Ships S-Z
The Delta Flyer is a singular design for a large long-range
shuttlecraft. The first Delta Flyer was built by the crew of USS
Voyager in 2375, using Federation technology with Borg enhancements.
The Delta Flyer has extendable warp nacelles, extendable supplemental
impulse exhausts and escape pods. Gallery: Delta Flyer
Article: Size of the Delta Flyer
Delta Flyer II
The Delta Flyer had to "grow" from its original size of
about 17m, in order to accommodate the cockpit and aft section sets.
The Nenebek is the most prominent redress of a full-scale mock-up that started off as the Zibalian shuttlepod in TNG: "The Most Toys". The Nenebek is
the first incarnation for which also a miniature was built.
It is not known from whether the design of the Nenebek (TNG:
"Final Mission") originates from
the planet Pentarus V or if it is a common civilian short-range
shuttle. Capt. Dirgo, who may be indigenous to Pentarus, obviously
owns the shuttle.
Length: approx. 5m
Max. speed: impulse only
Some of these shuttles types are depicted in the TNG
Technical Manual. They were never shown on screen, but their appearance in
this official and very consistent reference book may qualify them as canon.
A possibly new shuttle type can be seen in the background of a matte
painting by Andrew Probert for TNG: "11001001" (large
depiction in The Art of Star Trek). It seems to be an early
concept of Type 7 with a front hatch that can also be seen on a matte painting cut from the final
version of TNG: "Home Soil". The hardly visible shuttle may
be regarded as a Type 7 (variant), though.
"11001001" type 2
This might be another new type of shuttle.
No name given
A second shuttle passes by the Enterprise warp pylons in TNG: "11001001".
Its apparently green color is unusual.
This seems to be a type of shuttle that is outdated by 2376.
No name given
Tom Paris knows this shuttle type
from his youth: "It's the kind of shuttle my father used to take me up in."
(VOY: "Fury"). Given the creativity of Voyager authors in
may be a shuttle type we already know. But it would make some sense as
a predecessor or a lighter/slower variant of "Class
Paris, appeared in Picard's holodeck simulation of Paris in 2342
(TNG: "We'll Always Have Paris")
The two shuttles seem to be of different types. None of them can be identified
as a known design.
Relva VII, appeared near the starbase on the planet's surface (TNG:
"Coming of Age") The shuttle could be a familiar design but was not clearly visible.
This is an older class of shuttle that must have existed around
2360. It has two seats, manual helm control and no warp drive.
No name given
In VOY: "Alice", Tom mentions that his father once took him
on a ride with an S-class shuttle. "S class" may be a yet
unknown shuttle type or, like "Class 2", an
alternative designation for a familiar shuttle.
The Spacematic is a small private-owned vessel from the 2260s,
somewhat larger than a Starfleet shuttle.
A small miniature was built for DS9: "Trials and
Tribble-ations" and put into the shuttlebay of Deep Space K-7 as
Cyrano Jones's ship, but was not clearly visible in the episode. It is not known whether "Spacematic" is
the true name or only a nickname.
The Sphinx workpod is a small single-seated vehicle for starship
maintenance. There are different versions, including light industrial
manipulator (Sphinx M1A), medium industrial manipulator (Sphinx M2A)
and medium tug (Sphinx MT3D), the latter with two seats.
No name given
The Sphinx workpod is based on a sketch by Andrew Probert for TNG. The
budget didn't allow to build this shuttle with its curved surfaces,
but the idea was picked up for the TNGTM.
I have taken the color and the number of the shuttle from Probert's
Type 16 is a medium short-range variant of Type 15 with largely the
No name given
Although the shuttle looks the same except for some details, the
TNGTM gives a length of 4.8m for Type 16, as opposed to the 3.6m of
Type 15 and Type 15a. The width and height are the
same. The different length of Type 16 is only plausible as a typo. On
the other hand, Type 16 is supposed to be heavier than Type 15a, and
slower despite the more powerful impulse drive.
The name and registry of the depicted shuttle are conjectural.
shuttle assigned to the USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D, purportedly on a display in
the shuttlebay The TNGTM mentions the Pontiac, along with the meanwhile identified
Sam Freedle and the Indiana Jones, as in-jokes in a footnote. Indiana Jones is a
noted archeologist, Sam Freedle the unit production manager during the second
season and Pontiac an allusion to the automobile commercials Patrick Stewart was
doing at the time. Maybe we should not
take these names too seriously, as they were never supposed to be readable, just
like the jokes on the master systems display.
long-range shuttle, mentioned in radio chatter in "Star Trek
I" (Director's Cut DVD)