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The Class C shuttlecraft was a commonly used Starfleet and civilian shuttlecraft from the mid-23rd century through the late-24th century.


From the mid-2230s to the mid-2250s, Class C shuttlecraft were utilized by Starfleet and were standard across the fleet, including on starbases and Crossfield-class, Walker-class, and Constitution-class ships.

This type of craft was also used by the Imperial Starfleet in the mirror universe. (DIS: "Vaulting Ambition")

In 2257, an upgraded Class C shuttle with larger aft compartment was introduced. (DIS: "Such Sweet Sorrow")

As late as the 2390s, Class C shuttles remained a common sight at Starfleet facilities in the Sol system, and as taxis and school shuttles by civilian groups such as WSA. (ST: "Children of Mars"; PIC: "Remembrance", "Maps and Legends")

Technical data[]

This type of craft had a cockpit with seating for two pilots and a cabin area with seating for a dozen passengers. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings", "Choose Your Pain")

The aft section of the shuttles was equipped with transporters, capable of transporting at least three persons. (DIS: "If Memory Serves", "Through the Valley of Shadows")

Type 2 phasers were also located in an equipment bay on the bulkhead near the aft airlock. (DIS: "If Memory Serves")

When the shuttle was landed, a telescoping ramp extended from beneath the airlock, allowing egress and entry. (DIS: "Project Daedalus", "If Memory Serves")

The shuttle was equipped with a ventral bay, from which it could launch probes. It had blast shutters that could close over the windows in case of attack. (DIS: "Light and Shadows")

DSC 23

Upgraded Class C shuttle with expanded aft section

In 2257, the complement of Class C shuttlecraft aboard the USS Enterprise and USS Discovery was upgraded with enhanced phasers in preparation for battle with a Control-controlled Section 31 fleet. Many appeared reconfigured with a larger aft component attached to the hull, as evidenced by DSC 12 and DSC 23. (DIS: "Such Sweet Sorrow")

Livery on the Class C shuttle consisted of bold red striping, occasionally including white stripes, registry number of the ship or facility to which the shuttle was attached, and Starfleet insignia. (DIS: "Context Is for Kings", "If Memory Serves")

Shuttles of this type[]



Background information[]

The Class C shuttle was designed by Thomas Pringle, in collaboration with Scott Schneider and John Eaves. [1]

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