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A long range shuttle was a type of shuttlecraft operated by the Federation in the 23rd and 24th centuries. Some of these ships were used as couriers. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)


In the 2270s, the long-range courier Surak transported Commander Spock from Vulcan to rendezvous with the USS Enterprise, which was en route to intercept V'ger. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

In that same year, another long range shuttle, the Laika, attempted to contact the communications array Epsilon IX. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

A model of a long range shuttle was on display in the guest quarters aboard the USS Enterprise-D that Anne and Mark Jameson and later the Brekkians Langor and Sobi stayed in late 2364. (TNG: "Too Short A Season", "Symbiosis")

Wesley Crusher kept a similar model of the shuttle in his quarters aboard the Enterprise-D in 2365. (TNG: "The Dauphin")

A graphic display of a long range shuttle appeared on the USS Voyager's library computer screen that was viewed by One after Seven of Nine had activated the drone's linguistic database, and allowed him to assimilate information. (VOY: "Drone")

Throughout the rest of 2374, as well as in the year that followed, graphics of the long range shuttle appeared on the USS Defiant's library computer display. (DS9: "Favor the Bold", "Sacrifice of Angels", "What You Leave Behind")

The graphic was also seen among the data that Seven of Nine assimilated in early 2376. (VOY: "The Voyager Conspiracy")

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Long range shuttles of this class featured a fuselage pod (bearing the crew) that was capable of separating from the stardrive section of the ship to independently dock with another vessel. (Star Trek: The Motion Picture)

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Background information[]

Long range shuttle, lcars

Long range shuttle display graphic

The okudagram depicting the shuttle in DS9 and VOY was a sketch by Doug Drexler that originally appeared in the Star Trek Encyclopedia.

This design was identified in Star Trek: The Magazine Volume 3, Issue 2, p. 32, as a "Vulcan shuttle", explaining it was capable of carrying ten passengers and could attain a speed of warp 4.

For information on the studio model see: Long range shuttle model.

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