The Hawking was a Federation Galileo-type shuttlecraft that was in service with Starfleet in the late 24th century, attached to the USS Enterprise-D. It was the second shuttle named for Stephen Hawking aboard the Enterprise, and it was shuttle 15.
|Shuttles of the USS Enterprise (NCC-1701-D)|
|Shuttlecraft: Shuttlecraft 01 • Shuttlecraft 02 • Shuttlecraft 03 (Copernicus, Justman, Curie, Hypatia) • Shuttlecraft 04 • Shuttlecraft 05 (Clarke, Feynman) • Shuttlecraft 06 • Shuttlecraft 07 (Galileo (Type 6), Galileo (Type 7) • Shuttlecraft 08 • Shuttlecraft 10 • Shuttlecraft 11 • Shuttlecraft 13 • Shuttlecraft 15 (JF Kennedy, Magellan, Goddard, Hawking) • Shuttlecraft 16 • Shuttlecraft 20 • Shuttlecraft 21 • Berman • Hawking (2367) • Piller|
|Shuttlepods: Shuttlepod 01 • Shuttlepod 02 • Shuttlepod 03 • Shuttlepod 05 (El-Baz, Onizuka) • Shuttlepod 07 • Shuttlepod 08 • Shuttlepod 09 (Lindberg, Ley) • Shuttlepod 10 • Shuttlepod 12 (Sam Freedle, Pike) • Shuttlepod 14 • Shuttlepod 15 • Shuttlepod 18 • Shuttlepod 19 • Campbell|
|Captain's yacht: Calypso|
The Hawking was "named for mathematical physicist and Star Trek fan Dr. Stephen Hawking." The name had previously been used for a shuttlecraft of a different type, but Rick Berman insisted on its re-use due to his admiration for the noted scientist. (Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 1, p. 330))
The Hawking's name was not seen clearly in the final cut of the film. However, in the deleted scene of the Hawking retrieving Picard from the desert the shuttle's name was clearly visible on the exterior.
Both the miniature and the full-sized shuttle used for the Hawking were redressed from one of the shuttles built for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. The shuttle was mostly unchanged from its Final Frontier appearance, except for updated signage and new windows on the side of the shuttle similar to those of the Type 6. The registry of the Hawking is from the studio model.
The Hawking appears in Diane Duane's novel Dark Mirror, published in 1993 (one year before the release of Star Trek: Generations). It is used as a relay to transport Picard, Deanna Troi and Geordi La Forge to the mirror universe counterpart of the Enterprise-D.