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Inter-orbital and surface to orbit transport
Unit Run
1,230 remain in service.
2272 - 2302
Length : 11.37 m
Beam : 6 m
Height : 3.74 m
Decks : 1
17,120 kg
1 - 4
Defence Systems
Light Monotanium single hull.
Warp Speeds
(TNG Scale)
Not Applicable
Strength Indices
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : -
Torpedo Firepower : -
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 5
Shield Strength : -
Hull Armour : 0.3125
Speed : 0.1
Combat Manoeuvrability : 50,000
Overall Strength Index
Grade 1
Expected Hull Life
60 years
Refit Cycle
Minor : 1 year
Standard : 5 years
Major : 15 years

Notes : The orbital shuttle was fielded in the 2270's in order to enhance Starfleets ability to move people and equipment both between orbital facilities and from planetary surfaces to orbit. The requirement stresses simplicity and low cost of both construction and operation, necessary in all such craft if they are to be effective competition to transporter systems. The designers chose single hulled construction to simplify manufacture and keep the mass down to a minimum. No shields or weapons where included, nor was any provision made for future installation of such systems. The computer core was a simple duotronic system, and the sensor suite was limited to a simple navigtion/terrain scanning laser radar backed up by an inertial navigation system.

Although not popular due to the limited capabilities, the Orbital shuttle was procured in substantial numbers and served its purpose adequately for many decades. The type began retiring from 2332, and although the last was due to go in 2362 some two hundred have been retained in service due to delays in fielding a replacement.

Last updated : 26th April 1999.
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