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The Hawking was a Federation Type 7 shuttlecraft that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-24th century, attached to the USS Enterprise-D.

In 2367, Commander William T. Riker used the Hawking to fly Trill Ambassador Odan to a conference on Peliar Zel so he could moderate a dispute between Alpha moon and Beta moon. The Hawking was attacked en route and severely damaged. Riker had to pilot the shuttle back to the Enterprise as Odan refused to be transported since it would damage the symbiont. (TNG: "The Host")


Background information

In the Star Trek Encyclopedia (1st ed., p. 300), the Hawking was chosen as the representative shuttle of its type in a diagram of shuttle types. Displayed in a starboard profile view, the Hawking bore markings identifying it as shuttle 10.

For the second and third editions of the Encyclopedia (p. 185), information about the second Hawking was added to the original entry. The shuttle was represented by a Type 6, bearing markings identifying it as shuttle 15. This might be a retcon as the authors believed there was one shuttle named Hawking. In the shuttle diagram, on page 443, the Type 7 shuttle was missing its name.

For the fourth edition of the Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 330), there was no change to the entry. However, in the shuttle diagram (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 277), the name was restored to the Type 7 shuttle. The shuttle design was dated to circa 2287.

The Hawking was named after physicist Stephen Hawking. (Encyclopedia, 4th ed., vol. 1, p. 330)


In the Diane Duane novel Dark Mirror, the Hawking was reconfigured to serve as a transporter "booster" which would allow personnel from the Enterprise to board their mirror universe counterpart without detection. The shuttle was completely gutted and had a full transporter buffer installed, but was destroyed after being detected by the ISS Enterprise-D.