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Type 18 Shuttle

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Affiliation : Federation
Class Name : Type 18 Shuttle
Type : Shuttlepod
Unit Run : 1,759 built in total. 624 have been lost in all.
Commissioned : 2371 - present
Dimensions : Length : 4.5 m1
Beam : 3.1 m1
Height : 1.8 m1
Decks : 1
Mass : 1.21 metric tons
Crew : 11
Armament : 2 x Type IV phaser bank1, total output 2 TeraWatts
Defence Systems : Light Duranium / Tritanium Single hull.
Low level Structural Integrity Field
Impulse only : Max Impulse Speed : 0.2 x c
Atmospheric Cruise (Mach) : 5
Atmospheric Max (Mach) : 12
Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 0.04
Torpedo Firepower : -
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 20
Shield Strength : -
Hull Armour : 3.13
Speed : -
Combat Manoeuvrability : 19,550
Overall Strength Index : 29
Diplomatic Capability : 1
Expected Hull Life : 20
Refit Cycle : Minor : 1 year
Standard : 1 years
Major : 0 years


The Type 18 is now replacing the Type 15 as the standard Starfleet shuttlepod. The Type 18 is a larger design than the Type 15, so much so that it can almost be classed as a light shuttle. Significantly, the impulse engines are mounted in pods on the exterior rather than being contained within the hull; this gives considerably more free internal space to the crew, and where the Type 15 can only take 2 crew the Type 18 can take up to 6. The extra space enables the Type 18 to undertake missions of somewhat greater length, with a normal maximum mission duration of 20 hours.

The Type 18 is also considerably more heavily armed than its predecessor; there are two type IV phaser weapons mounted in a small turret on the dorsal hull plate, giving a total of twice the firepower of the Type 15's single emitter. However, neither craft is a serious combat platform since they both lack shielding.

The Type 18 is expected to remain in production for the duration of the Dominion war at least, and possibly for some considerable time afterwards.

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Canon source Backstage source Novel source DITL speculation


# Series Season Source Comment
1 Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual Stated on page 137
Book : Star Trek Deep Space Nine Technical Manual
Comment : Stated on page 137


The Type 18 is the new shuttlepod on DS9, mentioned in the DS9 technical manual and seen in the episode "The Search, Part 2". The details on this page are largely based on the technical manual write up.
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