OTV type K42 shuttlepods were short-range small craft used by United Earth Starfleet in the mid-22nd century for transportation of personnel and equipment between starships, planets and other facilities. They were routinely carried aboard NX-class vessels as auxiliary craft. (Star Trek: Enterprise; ST reference: USS Enterprise Owners' Workshop Manual)


The type K42 was 6.9 meters long with an access hatch on the port side, and an extensible airlock in the roof. It was propelled at sub-light speeds by a nuclear fusion engine pod that could be ejected in an emergency. Defensive systems included polarized hull plating, which was also utilized to endure the stresses of atmospheric re-entry, and plasma cannons with a range of 10 kilometers. The pod was equipped with quantum-level sensors for scientific missions, and an emergency distress beacon with a range of ten million kilometers. (ST reference: USS Enterprise Owners' Workshop Manual)


The shuttlepod could carry six passengers as well as the single pilot, and could maintain a breathable atmosphere for 24 crew-days with the air tanks and atmosphere recyclers working in tandem. Despite this, they were not intended for long duration missions and only had limited toilet facilities. Edible provisions were provided by a small protein resequencer and ration packs. The life-support system was independent of the engine power supply meaning it could continue to operate even when the engine pod was inoperable. (ST reference: USS Enterprise Owners' Workshop Manual)

Known craftEdit

name/registry assigned to ship commissioning disposition
Shuttlepod 1 Enterprise[1] 2151[1] destroyed (1944)[2]
Shuttlepod 2 Enterprise[3] 2154[3] active (2155)[3]
SC-05 Starfleet Command[4] before 2152[4] active (2154)[5]
Columbia shuttlepod Columbia[6] 2150s[7] crashed (2296), recovered (2368)[6]
Endeavour shuttlepod USS Endeavour[8] active (2162)[8]
Franklin shuttlepod USS Franklin[9] active (circa 2164)[9]
Shuttlepod 1 USS Essex[10] c. 2150s-60s[10] active (2165)[10]
Shuttlepod 2 USS Essex[10] c. 2150s-60s[10] active (2165)[10]
Shuttlepod 3 USS Essex[10] c. 2150s-60s[10] active (2165)[10]

Mirror universe shuttlepodsEdit

name/registry assigned to ship commissioning disposition
Shuttlepod 1 ISS Avenger[11] 2150s[7] destroyed (2155)[11]



Starfleet shuttlecraft classes
Federation, Starfleet named classes AeroshuttleDanubeEpochFlyerGreyhoundMcCallMercury (warpshuttle)PulsarSphinxTeslaValkyrieVenture (scout)WaveriderWraithYellowstoneZodiac (warp shuttle) alphanumeric designations 2CFGHR10S3S4S5S6S7S10S11S12S20SC22SW7SW21 UFP seal Starfleet Command logo
type designations type-1type-4type-6type-7type-8type-9type-9Atype-10type-11type-15type-15Atype-16type-17type-18Zhang Sui
others mark IIcaptain's skiffcaptain's yachtAcademy trainer craftunnamed Federation shuttlecraft classes
Federation, Starfleet
(Kelvin timeline)
military shuttlepassenger shuttleStarfleet shuttle (2230s) UFP seal 2250s alt cmd badge


  1. 1.0 1.1 ENT episode & novelization: Broken Bow
  2. ENT episode: "Storm Front, Part II"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 ENT episode: "Awakening"
  4. 4.0 4.1 ENT episode: "Regeneration"
  5. ENT episode: "Home"
  6. 6.0 6.1 TNG - The Space Between comic: "Captain's Pleasure"
  7. 7.0 7.1 The Official Starships Collection Issue 06 Shuttle: "Shuttlecraft Pod 1"
  8. 8.0 8.1 ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: A Choice of Futures
  9. 9.0 9.1 TOS movie: Star Trek Beyond
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 10.8 ENT - Rise of the Federation novel: Live by the Code
  11. 11.0 11.1 ENT episode: "In a Mirror, Darkly"

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