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The Galileo-type shuttlecraft was a shuttlecraft type operated by Starfleet in the 23rd and 24th centuries.

Physical arrangement

This type of shuttlecraft had two nacelles, attached to the sides near the ventral hull with two pylons each, and two impulse thrusters facing aft. These thrusters were above and to the side of the rear hatch. The shuttles also had a small, stub wings on the craft's center line. There was also four maneuvering thrusters, located near the corners of the craft. There were two side doors, and the shuttle had a large forward facing window, on the dorsal side of the front of the craft. The forward ventral hull had a large black surface, and a series of landing lights were located in the center of the ventral hull. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

A 24th century Galileo-type shuttlecraft

By the 2370s, two side windows had been added just forward of the side doors, and the wings had been removed. (Star Trek Generations)



The interior of the shuttle had two forward facing seats in the cockpit, with a large center screen located between them.

The main cabin had two rows of lights running the length of the ceiling, with a handrail running just below each light. There were inward facing bench seats that lined the sides of the craft with track lighting located beneath them.

Shuttles had three weapons lockers located throughout the craft, two were located just aft of the side doors, one on each wall, and there was one located below the center screen in the cockpit. (Star Trek V: The Final Frontier)

Shuttles of this type



Background information

In the script of The Final Frontier (scene 56), the shuttle was described as having retractable wings and of such size that "even with wings retracted, the Galileo clears the door with only a few feet on either side." [1] These notions were not transferred onto the full-scale mock-ups and studio models.

While never stated on-screen, the in-universe dimensions of the Galileo-type shuttlecraft were apparently intended to be 30×13.5×8 feet (9.14×4.11×2.44 meters) without engines, according to information from the 40 Years of Star Trek: The Collection auction catalog (part two, p.225) and American Cinematographer, (issue July 1989, p. 80).

The Galileo-type shuttlecraft was one of the few prominently featured Federation starship based shuttlecraft that has not received a canonically established class or type designation.

According to Shuttle Issue #19 of the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, the Galileo, and her sister ships, were Type 04 shuttlecrafts. This class designation was changed to Type 06 for Shuttle Issue #23 of the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection. Regardless of the class designation, this type of shuttlecraft was approximately 9.1 meters in length.

Studio models

See Galileo-type shuttlecraft model.

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