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The type-6 shuttlecraft was a Federation Starfleet shuttlecraft type in service in the 24th century. Due to their size compared to other shuttlecraft, type-6 shuttlecraft were sometimes referred to as personnel carriers. (TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual)


The type-6 shuttlecraft was introduced into service in or sometime prior to the year 2357. The main production base was the ASDB Integration Facility at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards. Shuttles of this type were incorporated into many starship classes as the standard shuttlecraft design, including the Galaxy-class, Nebula-class, Intrepid-class, Sovereign-class, Nova-class, and Prometheus-class. (TLE novel: Deny Thy Father, TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, TNG movie: First Contact, VOY episodes: "Message in a Bottle", "Equinox")

By 2357, at least two type-6 shuttlecraft were assigned to the Starfleet Academy Flight Range in orbit of Saturn. (TLE novel: Deny Thy Father)

Two type-6 shuttlecraft were assigned to Deep Space 9, to complement the USS Defiant, the Danube-class runabouts and the work bees. They were stored in the landing pads. (DS9 reference: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual)

In 2372, Commander Ishmael Snowden outfitted an obsolete type-6 shuttle with cloaking technology adapted from that used by "Ardra" at Ventax II, in order to convertly advance James Leyton's plans for a Starfleet takeover of the Federation government. (TNG - Slings and Arrows eBook: The Oppressor's Wrong)

In 2374, Dukat stole a type-6 shuttlecraft he and Benjamin Sisko had earlier used to escape from the USS Honshu. (DS9 episode: "Waltz")

Type-6 shuttlecraft were still in service in the 2380s, such as the shuttlecraft Comet which was assigned to the USS Robinson. (DS9 novel: Sacraments of Fire)


The type-6 was designed as a short-range warpshuttle and was classified as a "light" shuttle (as compared to the type-7 shuttlecraft's classification as a "medium" shuttle). It was furthermore equipped with an atmospheric airscoop for atmospheric flight and hover field antigravs. The shuttle also featured a navigational deflector and redundant graviton polarity source generators. A transporter assembly was also not standard, but the shuttle could be fitted with a portable array. (TNG episode: "The Outcast")

Entry to the shuttle was through a large hatch in the rear of the vessel. The hatch could be opened via a control pad next to the impulse engines. There were benches for passenger seating in the aft section and ample room for cargo. A separate systems display was also found in the aft area, as were storage bins. (TNG episodes: "The Outcast", "Suspicions")

Standard configuration

At 6m long, 4.4m wide and 2.7m high, the standard shuttle had a mass of 3.38 metric tonnes and was unarmed. It could accommodate two flight crew and six passengers, or for diplomatic missions, the passenger compartment could be reconfigured to provide enhanced accomodations for two VIPs.

Type 6 shuttles were easily configurable for testing of a variety of technologies. (TNG episode: "Suspicions")

Sub-light propulsion was generated by twelve DeFI 3234 microfusion RCS thrusters. Superluminal velocities were provided by two 1,250 millicochrane warp engines. The standard Type-6 was capable of warp 1.75 for 48 hours. (TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual)

Uprated configuration

An uprated type-6 was also available with limited weaponry for special operations and a higher top speed. This uprated version mounted two type-IV phaser emitters and had two 2,100 millicochrane warp engines, which enabled the shuttle to sustain Warp 2 for 36 hours.

Cargo pallets, engines, mission housings and other interchangeable components affected dimensions and performance figures which led to other configurations. (TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual)

Known craft

Type-6 shuttlecraft
Emblem of the United Federation of Planets. BermanChristopherCometCurieFermiGalileoGoddardIcarus IIJustmanKirkMagellan 15Magellan 5PillerPoloRomaineSacajaweaVerneZarelliNCC-1701-D/4NCC-71325 Shuttlecraft Seal of the Federation Starfleet.



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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