|Universe :||Prime Timeline|
|Class Name :||Warp Sled|
|Type :||Long range shuttlecraft|
|Unit Run :||
Surak1 - Retiredplus 3,249 others built in total. 143 have been lost in all. 3,107 have been retired from service.
|Commissioned :||2251 - 2279, remained in service until 2358|
|Dimensions :||Length : 55 m2
Beam : 12 m
Height : 14 m
Decks : 1
|Mass :||1,780 metric tons|
|Crew :||1, plus 10 passengers|
|Armament :||No beam weapons|
|Defence Systems :||Light Monotanium Single hull.
Low level Structural Integrity Field
(TOS scale) :
|Normal Cruise : 6
Maximum Cruise : 6.2
Maximum Rated : 6.5 for 8 hours.
|Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
|Beam Firepower : -
Torpedo Firepower : -
Weapon Range and Accuracy : -
Shield Strength : -
Hull Armour : 0.31
Speed : 143
Combat Manoeuvrability : 16,000
|Overall Strength Index :||35|
|Diplomatic Capability :||2|
|Expected Hull Life :||60|
|Refit Cycle :||Minor : 2 year
Standard : 2 years
Major : 10 years
The Warp Sled was one of the first shuttlecraft-sized vessels with a true interstellar capability. Although several previous shuttles did have warp capability, these where generally confined to specific routes between neighbouring systems - they tended to be either too slow or two short ranged for general use. The Warp Sled was capable of holding Warp 6 for up to two months on internal fuel alone, and was unique among shuttle craft in that it could conduct in-flight refuelling from standard tanker craft. This allowed it to operate almost indefinitely - on one occasion a warp sled made a flight lasting one hundred and fifty six days.
Another major advantage of the warp sled over previous designs was its flexibility; the sled itself consisted of a pair of warp nacelles, matter/antimatter reactor assembly and fuel supply mounted onto a large docking platform. A wide variety of pods was developed for attachment to this platform - the most common was a twelve person shuttle pod which was intended for relatively short duration flights. A six person unit with small bunk spaces was also available, as well as a single occupant VIP unit. Other variants included a cargo pod, a sensor pod which allowed the sled to be used as a long range remote controlled sensor probe, a medical evac unit with space for four patients and an attendant and a search and rescue pod designed to locate and retrieve ships lifeboats.
Although originally designed for a life span of only sixty years, the warp sled has proved to be capable of continuing far beyond this. The last warp sled was retired from Starfleet service in 2358, but many are still to be found in service with other agencies and with civilian operators both within the Federation and with several allied governments. It seems that these handy little craft will continue to serve even into the next century.
|Canon source||Backstage source||Novel source||DITL speculation|
|1||Star Trek : The Motion Picture|
|2||Calculated from the diagram comparing the Constellation, Miranda, warp shuttle, and Valiant class ships ('show resource' entry under Starships). Note that this uses the conjectural figure for the length of the Miranda.|
|Film:||Star Trek : The Motion Picture|
|Comment :||Calculated from the diagram comparing the Constellation, Miranda, warp shuttle, and Valiant class ships ('show resource' entry under Starships). Note that this uses the conjectural figure for the length of the Miranda.|
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