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A military shuttle[1], or military transport[1], was a type of shuttlecraft used by the Federation Starfleet in the 2250s of the Kelvin timeline. The shuttle's interiors could be configured for a variety of uses. Shuttles of this type were in service at least as early 2255, though were considered old by 2258. (TOS movie & novelization: Star Trek)


Cockpit of a military shuttle

The class was quite an angular design, an elongated hexagonal cross-section with two shorts wings towards the aft on either side, and two small nacelles on either side at the top rear of the ships. The cockpit was situated the front of the ship and could accommodate two pilots, though could be piloted by a single individual. The cockpit was accessible from the rear via a large opening into the cabin. This entrance could be sealed, with a transparent door, should the cabin be opened to space, allowing the pilot to continue flying the ship uninterrupted.

The shuttle featured a large window at the front giving views from the cockpit, and rows of three small windows along either side. The shuttles was accessed by a hatch at the side, just behind the cockpit, the door of which split; with part opening upwards and part folding downwards to make entrance steps. The design also featured a large hatch on the underside of the vessel. (TOS movie: Star Trek)

The interior of the military shuttle could be configured in a number of ways. Seating could be provided for many people, with rows along each side of the vessel and two back-to-back rows down the center. The central space in the cabin could also be fitted with a transporter, typically specified for industrial use, meaning it could be used for heavy cargo as well as personnel. Finally the interior could be fitted to allow space jumps; handles along the ceiling allowed space jumpers to position themselves, and be locked to the ceiling; the ships' floor hatch could then be opened to launch them into their jump. (TOS movie & novelization: Star Trek)

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Cabin configured with seating Cabin configured with transporter Cabin configured for space jumps

To land the shuttles had four landing feet which retracted into their underside once in flight. (TOS movie: Star Trek)

This class of shuttle was included in the complement of Arbiter-class, Constitution-class, Defender-class, Guardian-class and Interceptor-class starships, and could be used as an escape pod[2]. (TOS episode: "D-A-C")


In 2255 the shuttlecraft Bardeen, fitted with passenger seating in the cabin, was used to collect Starfleet cadets from the Riverside Shipyard in Iowa. (TOS movie: Star Trek)

Military shuttles in Hangar One

In 2258 numerous military shuttles ferried Starfleet cadets from Hangar One on Earth to their postings on starships. A short time later Captain Christopher Pike piloted the USS Enterprise's Shuttle 89 to surrender himself to the Narada, in the flight he used the shuttle space jump launch capability to deploy Enterprise personnel to disable the Narada''s plasma drill. Shortly after this Shuttle 78072, assigned to the Delta Vega outpost, was modified by Spock and Scotty to successfully accomplish transwarp beaming. Not long after this Spock encountered the prime reality's Spock standing next to a military shuttle in a hangar on Earth. (TOS movie & novelization: Star Trek)

In the 2250s military shuttles were commonly used as escape pods when Federation starships, battling forces of the Romulan Star Empire, were facing imminent destruction. (TOS video game: D-A-C)

Known craft[]

  • Bardeen (70172)
  • Shuttle 89
  • Shuttle 12091
  • Shuttle 78072



  1. 1.0 1.1 The names military shuttle and military transport come from labelling of production material in the reference book Star Trek: The Art of the Film.
  2. The video game D-A-C includes a feature allowing a player to launch an "escape pod" when their ship is about to be destroyed, permitting them to respawn and continue playing quicker. The escape pod design for all Federation ships in the game is a military shuttle.
  • In Star Trek Leonard McCoy and James T. Kirk are seen boarding a passenger shuttle on Earth, but in the following shots are shown seated at the window of a military shuttle once they are in space. This would appear to be a discontinuity in the film, although it's possible Kirk and McCoy merely changed shuttles between shots for some reason.


Starfleet shuttlecraft classes
Federation, Starfleet named classes AeroshuttleDanubeEpochFlyerGreyhoundMcCallMercury (warpshuttle)PulsarSphinxTeslaValkyrieVenture (scout)WaveriderWraithYellowstoneZodiac (warp shuttle) alphanumeric designations 2ACFGHR10S3S4S5S6S7S10S11S12S20SC22SW7SW21 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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