The Class C shuttlecraft was a Federation spacecraft, a shuttlecraft in Starfleet service in the 23rd century, and from the 25th century onwards. In the mirror universe, the Terran Empire deployed shuttles of this type on Imperial Starfleet ships. This type of shuttlecraft, and its mirror counterpart, designated mirror universe shuttlecraft, re-entered Starfleet service in the early 25th century. (DSC episodes: "Context Is For Kings", "Vaulting Ambition", STO - Age of Discovery mission: "Routine Maneuvers", ARC website: The Mirror Engle Carrier Leads a New Infinity Lock Box!)

History and specifications[edit | edit source]

The Class C shuttle was in service as early as the 2230s. (Short Treks episode: "The Brightest Star")

Its shape was roughly oblong, with a tapering front that housed the cockpit for the vessel's pair of pilots. The aft section was slightly enlarged and appeared more boxy. The craft's impulse engines and aft hatch were located here. The main cabin for passengers was located in the long main section between cockpit and aft section. The shuttle's pair of warp nacelles were fitted snugly to the either side of the ventral hull, without nacelle pylon in between. (DSC episode: "Context Is For Kings")

In 2256 and from 2409, vessels of this type were armed with S-rated phaser beam array and photon torpedo launcher, meaning these had 360° range and could only be equipped on shuttles. The minimum rank for a commanding officer to own such a craft was lieutenant. However, only Starfleet CO's originating from the Federation-Klingon War of 2256-2257 period could own a Class C shuttle in the 25th century. (STO missions: "Age of Discovery", "Routine Maneuvers", "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")

From the 25th century onwards, vessels of this type could access the Federation transwarp network. When owned by a vice admiral, this shuttle class was equipped with quantum slipstream drive. (STO missions: "Age of Discovery", "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")

Livery[edit | edit source]

In the 25th century, the design of the Class C shuttlecraft allowed its mothership's commanding officer to choose from different designs of livery, which could be modified further at starbases. These options were numbered Types and Veteran. (STO - Age of Discovery mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")

In the mirror universe, the Terran's version of the ship matched the design but its hull was emblazoned with the Imperial Starfleet insignia. (ARC website: The Mirror Engle Carrier Leads a New Infinity Lock Box!)

History[edit | edit source]

Circa 2239, the SHN 03 brought the Kelpien Saru and Lieutenant Philippa Georgiou from Kaminar to the USS Shenzhou. (Short Treks episode: "The Brightest Star")

By the time the Federation-Klingon War of 2256-2257 raged, the Class C was the standard Federation shuttlecraft for Starfleet. Shuttles of this type were held in a hangar at Starfleet Academy, and in the shuttlebay of the USS Malachowski. (STO missions: "Age of Discovery", "Routine Maneuvers")

In 2256, J'Ula escaped from the USS Glenn aboard a Class C shuttle with stolen plans for the spore-activated displacement drive. Justin Straal rigged the shuttle to explode aboard her cloaked ship, the IKS Lukara, damaging it. (STO missions: "Age of Discovery", "Secrets")

When Starfleet captains from the Age of Discovery were dragged into the year 2409 by J'Ula's spore-based weapon, their Discovery-era ships retained their complement of Class C shuttles, and also received the Type-8 shuttlecraft. (STO - Age of Discovery missions: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock", "Diplomatic Orders")

In 2410, Starfleet gained access to the ISS Engle, and its type of tier 6 Engle-class mirror escort carriers. Ships of the class came equipped with a hangar housing Class C fighter-shuttles. (ARC website: The Mirror Engle Carrier Leads a New Infinity Lock Box!)

Known craft[edit | edit source]

Appendices[edit | edit source]

Connections[edit | edit source]

Starfleet shuttlecraft classes
Federation, Starfleet named classes AeroshuttleDanubeEpochFlyerGreyhoundMcCallMercury (warpshuttle)PulsarSphinxTeslaValkyrieVenture (scout)WaveriderWraithYellowstoneZodiac (warp shuttle) alphanumeric designations 2CFGHR10S3S4S5S6S7S10S11S12S20SC22SW7SW21 Emblem of the United Federation of Planets. Seal of the Federation Starfleet.
type designations type-1type-3type-4type-5type-6type-6Atype-6Ctype-7type-8type-9type-9Atype-10type-11type-15type-15Atype-16type-17type-18type-18HZhang Sui
others mark IIcaptain's skiffcaptain's yachtAcademy trainer craftunnamed Federation shuttlecraft classes
Federation, Starfleet
(Kelvin timeline)
military shuttlepassenger shuttleStarfleet shuttle (2230s) Emblem of the United Federation of Planets. USS Enterprise assignment insignia.

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