The Type 6 shuttlecraft was introduced sometime prior to 2364. (TNG: "All Good Things...") They were part of the standard shuttlecraft inventory aboard Galaxy-class, (TNG: "Darmok") Intrepid-class, (VOY: "Caretaker", "Parallax") and Nebula-class starships. (Star Trek Generations; DS9: "Waltz") Space stations such as Relay Station 47 also supported Type 6 shuttlecraft, as did facilities on Earth. (TNG: "Aquiel"; VOY: "Pathfinder")
For propulsion, the Type 6 was equipped with two 1,250 millicochrane warp nacelles and microfusion thrusters. The craft was powered by a fusion reactor core and a starboard and port power supply. It was furthermore equipped with an RCS thruster quad and an atmospheric ramscoop for atmospheric flight. A flight avionics unit aided the pilot with flying the craft. There was no standard armament, but the shuttlecraft could be equipped with two Type 4 phaser emitters for special purposes. The shuttle also featured a forward navigational deflector, a forward sensor array, a forward emitter array, a primary emitter, and a graviton polarity source generator. (TNG-R: "The Outcast")
A transporter assembly was also not standard, but the shuttle could be fitted with a portable array. The control systems were intuitive, and a non-Federation pilot could quickly learn to fly the craft. (TNG: "The Outcast") Type 6 shuttles were easily configurable for testing of a variety of technologies. (TNG: "Suspicions")
Entry to the shuttle was through a large hatch in the rear of the vessel. The hatch could be opened via a control pad next to the impulse engines. There were benches for passenger seating in the aft section, and ample room for cargo. A separate systems display was also found in the aft area, as were storage bins. (TNG: "The Outcast", "Suspicions")
Shuttles of the class
|Type 6 shuttlecraft|
|Berman • Curie • Fermi • Galileo • Goddard • Hypatia • Justman • Magellan • Piller • Sacajawea • Verne|
Unnamed • NCC-71325 • Honshu shuttlecraft
- Star Trek films:
- LD: "Veritas"
- PRO: "Starstruck" (digital image)
The Type 6 shuttle was a modification of one of the full-size Galileo-type shuttles built for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. The changes were designed by Rick Sternbach, and mostly involved shortening the length of the shuttle and adding new warp engines and windows. The distinctive front end of the shuttle as well as the aft hatch and impulse engines were retained. A new miniature was built under the supervision of Greg Jein. The designation was established in dialogue in "Parallels". The Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 10) listed Richard James, Nilo Rodis, Herman Zimmerman, and Andy Neskoromny as additional designers of this shuttle Type.
This was the last complete full sized Starfleet shuttlecraft built for a Star Trek series, replacing the inaccurate Type 7 shuttlecraft exterior created for "Unnatural Selection" and supplementing the smaller Type 15 shuttlepod built for "Time Squared".
The special feature "Departmental Briefing Year Six - Profile: Dan Curry" of the TNG Season 6 DVD depicted a studio model of a Type 6 shuttlecraft labeled with the name "Curry" (versus "Curie"), named after Dan Curry. Models of Type 6 shuttles bearing the names of TNG visual effects staff were distributed as gifts during the run of the series.  It was unclear if these studio models were ever used in any on-screen sequence.
On The Next Generation, reuse of stock shots of the Type 7 were often incorrectly paired with the interior and sometimes exterior of the Type 6. A similar phenomenon happened on Star Trek: Voyager, where the Type 6 interior was shared with the Type 8 shuttlecraft introduced in "Parallax", although the situation display to the left of the pilot always showed a diagram of the Type 8.
^ Seven's shuttle appearing in "The Raven" appeared with both new Type 6 shuttle footage (escaping from Voyager, confronting other ships, and planetary approach) mixed with recycled Type 8 footage (generic flight through space).
The Type 6 was even rendered as a computer-generated model, but after the introduction of the Class 2 shuttle and later the Delta Flyer, both the Type 6 and Type 8 fell into disuse. The full-sized shuttle exterior was eventually recycled to become Alice for "Alice".
According to Shuttle Issue #02 of the Star Trek: The Official Starships Collection, the type 6 shuttlecraft was approximately 6 meters in length. Designed as a short-range, warp-capable vessel, the Type 6 could maintain warp 1.2 for 48 hours or warp 2 for 36 hours. With further modification, the Type 6 could maintain warp 5 for 14 days. The standard Type 6 was powered by two 1,250 millicochrane fusion reactors. These reactors could be swapped out with ones that generated 2,100 millicochranes, giving the type extended range. The type 6 shuttlecraft had twelve DeFl 3234 microfusion RCS thrusters for maneuvering.
The Type 6 shuttle Goddard was produced in three separate scales by Playmates Toys during the 1990s:
- Stock number 6101, scaled to fit with the five-inch action figure line.
- Stock number 6176, a smaller scale shuttle for mini-figures of the Innerspace line.
- A mini-shuttle was included with the Innerspace version of the USS Enterprise-D (stock number 6131), which fitted inside a shuttlebay on the Enterprise.
Galoob released a Type 6 shuttle labeled Berman as part of the Micro Machines line.