For additional meanings of "Magellan", please see Magellan.

The Magellan was a Federation Type 6 shuttlecraft that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-24th century, attached to the USS Enterprise-D. It was shuttlecraft number 15.

In early 2368, Worf attempted to take the Magellan to the surface of El-Adrel IV to rescue Captain Jean-Luc Picard, stranded there by the Tamarians. In order to keep Picard and the Tamarian captain, Dathon, undisturbed, the Tamarian vessel opened fire on the Magellan, only damaging it enough to prevent it from landing. The shuttle aborted the mission and returned to the Enterprise. (TNG: "Darmok")

Later that year, the Magellan was used by Commander William T. Riker and J'naii pilot Soren to rescue the crew of the J'naii shuttle Taris Murn from a pocket of null space. The Magellan was equipped with phaser emitters for the mission, which it used to chart the null space. The shuttle later entered null space and beamed the J'naii crew aboard, but was destroyed shortly after the Enterprise was able to transport Soren, Riker, and the J'naii back to the ship. (TNG: "The Outcast")

The Magellan was named after noted Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan, the first explorer to circumnavigate the planet Earth, according to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 10). The Magellan was the first Type 6 shuttle seen on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
The shuttle's interior scenes in "Darmok" were filmed on Paramount Stage 9 on 25 July 1991.
The interior scenes in "The Outcast" were filmed on Paramount Stage 9 on Thursday 9 January 1992 and Friday 10 January 1992.
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