For the similarly named craft, please see workbee (alternate reality).
For the craft with a similar production nickname, please see cargo management unit.

A worker bee was a small utility craft in use by the Federation in the mid-23rd century. Both the USS Shenzhou and her contemporary starship the USS Discovery carried a complement of worker bees.

These small, one-person vehicles were not equipped with auto-pilot, instead operated through the use of a spherical attitude control interface and control panel. The worker bee was characterized by a small cabin with large viewports that also acted as holographic interfaces. The vehicle could be configured for mission-specific tasks and equipped with robotic arms and/or laser cannons for cutting. These attachments operated through the use of a glove worn by the worker bee's pilot. (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello", "Despite Yourself")

Discovery worker bee

A worker bee equipped with a laser cannon attachment

In 2256, the USS Shenzhou dispatched a worker bee to retrieve a damaged interstellar relay. (DIS: "The Vulcan Hello", "Battle at the Binary Stars")

During the Battle of the Binary Stars, Captain Philippa Georgiou briefly considered arming a worker bee with a photon warhead and piloting it herself in an attempt to disable or destroy the Klingon Ship of the Dead. (DIS: "Battle at the Binary Stars")

Worker bee carrying cargo

A worker bee carrying cargo

In 2257, Lieutenant Ash Tyler piloted a worker bee in an effort to salvage a mirror universe Klingon data core and return it to the USS Discovery. (DIS: "Despite Yourself")

A worker bee was present in Discovery's cargo bay 3 when Me Hani Ika Hali Ka Po emerged from the cargo container she had stowed away in. (ST: "Runaway")

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