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Type 8 Shuttle

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Universe : Prime Timeline
Affiliation : Federation
Class Name : Type 8 Shuttle
Type : Shuttlecraft
Unit Run :
Drake [1] - Destroyed
NCC 74656/01 Tereshkova [2] - Active
plus 2,837 others built in total. 779 have been lost in all.
Commissioned : 2371 - present
Dimensions : Length : 6 m [3]
Beam : 4.4 m [4]
Height : 2.7 m [5]
Decks : 1
Mass : 3.38 [4] metric tons
Crew : 1 [4], plus 6 passengers in standard model, 2 in diplomatic model [4]
Armament : 2 x Type V phaser bank [4], total output 200 TeraWatts
Defence Systems : Standard shield system, total capacity 13,500 TeraJoules
Light Duranium / Tritanium Single hull.
Low level Structural Integrity Field
Warp Speeds
(TNG scale) :
Normal Cruise : 2.6
Maximum Cruise : 3
Maximum Rated : 3.2 [6] for 36 [4] hours.
Strength Indices :
(Galaxy class = 1,000)
Beam Firepower : 4
Torpedo Firepower : -
Weapon Range and Accuracy : 5
Shield Strength : 5
Hull Armour : 3.13
Speed : 25
Combat Manoeuvrability : 22,900
Overall Strength Index : 33
Diplomatic Capability : 2
Expected Hull Life : 60
Refit Cycle : Minor : 1 year
Standard : 1 years
Major : 15 years


Starfleet had always intended the Type 6 to be something of a transition, and by 2370 they where satisfied that the new technology had been introduced without difficulties. It was therefore decided to press on with a replacement which would abandon the Type 3 structure, instead using a completely purpose designed hull. Originally it was planned to use the same isolinear computer system developed for the Type 6, but at the last moment Starfleet decided to use a system based on bio-neural gel packs. This inevitably tied in the development of the Type 8 shuttle to the Intrepid class project; Intrepid herself had been launched in 2370, the first Starfleet ship fitted with BNG computers. Since the crews of these ships had the most experience with this system, it was to the Intrepids that the first group of production Type 8's where sent in 2371.

When discussing the Type 8, comparisons to the Type 6 are inevitable. The Type 8 is slightly longer and more streamlined to increase the operating efficiency within planetary atmospheres and to provide slightly greater internal volume. The nacelles are of a considerably more advanced design and include Bussard Collectors which allow self-replenishment of the Deuterium tanks and so allow the range to be extended almost indefinitely at Impulse speed. A considerable improvement in warpfield efficiency has also allowed much higher warp speeds to be achieved in the Type 8. Internally the layout is virtually identical to the Type 6, although the field of view for the crew has been somewhat reduced and there is slightly more room in the passenger compartment. The use of an integrated hull design rather than the 'bolt-together' sections of the Type 6 has led to an increase in the overall structural strength of some 15%, and has extended the expected hull life from 45 to 60 years. As with the Type 6, the standard Type 8 carries no armament but there is a special operations model. This is equipped with the same low capacity shield system, but has Type V rather than Type IV phaser emitters. The special ops version of the Type 8 also features several classified measures to reduce the radiated energy signature virtually to nothing and so make the craft much harder to detect. Although Starfleet policy forbids special operations craft from operating without markings, the Type 8 special ops shuttles are usually completed in a black colour scheme with markings in a slightly greyed shade which makes them virtually impossible to identify from more than a handful of metres away.

The Type 8 has proved extremely reliable and useful in service; the original plan was to replace the Type 6 in frontline service, relegating that shuttle to less important theatres and eventually relacing it altogether. However, with the Dominion war ongoing it has been decided to retain the Type 6 in service alongside its more modern successor. Production of the Type 8 continues, but it is thought that the proportion of these craft produced to the special operations standard has risen from 1% to over 75% since the outbreak of the Dominion war. This would make the Type 8 Starfleets standard near-system and in-system special ops craft.

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# Series Season Source Comment
1 VOY 2 Non Sequitur
2 VOY 1 Parallax
3 Star Trek Encyclopedia Calculated from the scale diagram on page 443, assuming a 24 foot Type 1.
4 Generic official information
5 Star Trek Encyclopedia
6 Star Trek The Next Generation Technical Manual
Series : VOY Season 2
Episode : Non Sequitur
Series : VOY Season 1
Episode : Parallax
Book : Star Trek Encyclopedia
Comment : Calculated from the scale diagram on page 443, assuming a 24 foot Type 1.
Series : Season
Episode : Generic official information
Book : Star Trek Encyclopedia
Book : Star Trek The Next Generation Technical Manual


First seen in the Voyager episode "Parallax", the Type 8 is almost identical in design to the Type 6 seen in TNG's "Darmok". Since I had already tagged the Type 6 as being a modification of the Type 3 design seen in ST V, it seemed logical that the Type 8 would be a completely modern successor. This seems to be what the creators had in mind when they designed the Type 8. The idea of a special operations model of the Type 8 parallels the special ops models of the type 6 and 7 mentioned in the TNG tech manual description of those shuttles (page 161), but all the details are my own invention.
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