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The Type-7 shuttlecraft [2] (also known as the S20-class [1]) was a Federation Starfleet shuttlecraft type in service from the mid-2350s through the 2370s. Due to their size compared to other shuttlecraft, Type-7 shuttlecraft are used as administrative shuttles and sometimes referred to as personnel shuttles. (TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, FASA RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual)


The Type-7 was introduced into service sometime in the mid-2350s. The main production base was the ASDB Integration Facility at Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards. Shuttles of this type were routinely carried in the inventories of Galaxy-class, Nebula-class and Excelsior-class starships. (TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, FASA RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual, TNG episode: "The Child", TNG movie: Generations)

The USS Enterprise-D carried several Type-7 shuttlecraft throughout most years it was in service. (TNG episodes: "Coming of Age", "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II", "Chain of Command, Part I")

In 2375, the Sovereign-class USS Enterprise-E carried at least one Type-7 shuttlecraft. (TNG novel: Gemworld)

These shuttles were also assigned to Starfleet facilities on Earth. (ST calendar: Ships of the Line 2009)


The Type-7 was designed as a short-range warpshuttle and was classified as a 'medium' shuttle (as compared to the Type-6 shuttlecraft's classification as a 'light' shuttle). It was equipped with emergency transporters, which could be reconfigured for use as standard transporters if necessary. (TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, TNG episode: "The Best of Both Worlds, Part II")

The forward cockpit contained two seats, each with a small console and a view out the shuttlecraft window. In the center of the cockpit was a large display which gave navigational information and acted as a viewscreen. The aft area had passenger seating and sensor control. (TNG episodes: "Unnatural Selection", "The Nth Degree")

Standard configuration[]

At 8.5m long, 3.6m wide and 2.7m high, the standard shuttle had a mass of 3.96 metric tonnes and was unarmed. It could accommodate two flight crew, six passengers and 2 standard cargo units or 100mt of cargo, or for diplomatic missions, the passenger compartment could be reconfigured to provide enhanced accomodations for two VIPs.

Sub-light propulsion was generated by twelve DeFI 3234 microfusion RCS thrusters and a micro-impulse engine powered by three FMIB-3 impulse reactors. Superluminal velocities were provided by two 1,250 millicochrane warp engines. The standard type-7 was capable of Warp 1.75 for 48 hours. (TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual, FASA RPG module: Star Trek: The Next Generation Officer's Manual)

Uprated configuration[]

An uprated Type-7 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-7 shuttlecraft
Emblem of the United Federation of Planets Ansel AdamsCochraneCopernicusD'AlisonFeynmanGouldHawkingHeinleinKotoiSakharovNCC-1701-D/02NCC-1701-D/05NCC-1701-D/06NCC-1701-D/13NCC-2544/01NCC-3907/03SF026unnamed type-7 shuttlecraft Seal of the Federation Starfleet



FASA's TNG Officer's Manual provides conflicting data concerning the craft's specs, giving it a length of 30m, a width of 8m, a height of 12m, a mass of 820mt with the ability to carry 100mt of cargo and ommits its warp capabilities and weapons hardpoints.


Starfleet shuttlecraft and auxiliary spacecraft classes
Federation, Starfleet named classes AeroshuttleDanubeEpochFlyerGreyhoundMcCallMercury (warpshuttle)PulsarSphinxTeslaValkyrieVenture (scout)WaveriderWraithYellowstoneZodiac (warp shuttle) alphanumeric designations 2ACFGHR10S3S4S5S6S7S10S11S12S20SC22SW7SW21 Federation icon image. Starfleet icon image.
type designations type-1type-3type-4type-5type-6type-6Atype-6Ctype-7type-8type-8 cargotype-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) Federation icon image. Starfleet icon image.


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