History and specifications[edit | edit source]
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")
Circa 2239, the Class C shuttle 03 brought the Kelpien Saru and Lieutenant Philippa Georgiou from Kaminar to the USS Archimedes. (Short Treks episode: "The Brightest Star", DSC episode: "The Sound of Thunder")
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 displacement-activated spore hub drive. Justin Straal rigged the shuttle to explode aboard her cloaked ship, the IKS Lukara, damaging it. (STO missions: "Age of Discovery", "Secrets")
In the 2250s 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 - Age of Discovery missions: "Routine Maneuvers", "Downfall")
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")
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 - Age of Discovery mission: "Welcome to Earth Spacedock")
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 fighters. (STO website: The Mirror Engle Carrier Leads a New Infinity Lock Box!)
One thousand years after abandonment, the artificial intelligence inhabiting Discovery's computer named the final shuttle Discovery had received "Funny Face". Zora gave it to Craft to enable him to return to his homeworld Alcor IV. (Short Treks episode: "Calypso")
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. (STO website: The Mirror Engle Carrier Leads a New Infinity Lock Box!)
Known craft[edit | edit source]
|Class C shuttlecraft|
|Federation, Starfleet||USS Caravan • Cornwell's cruiser • DSC 01 • DSC 05 • DSC 06 • DSC 08 • DSC 12 • DSC 23 • Funny Face • SHN 03 • SMT 05 • SPT 21 • unnamed|
|Terran Empire, Starfleet
|SHNZ 03 (mirror)|
Appendices[edit | edit source]
Connections[edit | edit source]
|Starfleet shuttlecraft classes|
|Federation, Starfleet||named classes||Aeroshuttle • Danube • Epoch • Flyer • Greyhound • McCall • Mercury (warpshuttle) • Pulsar • Sphinx • Tesla • Valkyrie • Venture (scout) • Waverider • Wraith • Yellowstone • Zodiac (warp shuttle)||alphanumeric designations||2 • A • C • F • G • H • R10 • S3 • S4 • S5 • S6 • S7 • S10 • S11 • S12 • S20 • SC22 • SW7 • SW21|
|type designations||type-1 • type-3 • type-4 • type-5 • type-6 • type-6A • type-6C • type-7 • type-8 • type-9 • type-9A • type-10 • type-11 • type-15 • type-15A • type-16 • type-17 • type-18 • type-18H • Zhang Sui|
|others||mark II • captain's skiff • captain's yacht • Academy trainer craft • unnamed Federation shuttlecraft classes|
|military shuttle • passenger shuttle • Starfleet shuttle (2230s)|
References[edit | edit source]
- DSC episode: "Context Is For Kings"
- Short Treks episode: "Children of Mars"
- DSC episode: "Vaulting Ambition"
- Short Treks episode: "The Brightest Star"
- STO - Age of Discovery mission: "Downfall"
- DSC episode: "Die Trying"
- DSC episode: "If Memory Serves"
- DSC episode: "The Sound of Thunder"
- DSC episode: "People of Earth"
- DSC episode: "Far From Home"