The Type-7 shuttlecraft  (also known as the S20-class ) 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 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")
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)
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)
|Ansel Adams • Cochrane • Copernicus • D'Alison • Feynman • Gould • Hawking • Heinlein • Kotoi • Sakharov • NCC-1701-D/02 • NCC-1701-D/05 • NCC-1701-D/06 • NCC-1701-D/13 • NCC-2544/01 • SF026 • unnamed type-7 shuttlecraft|
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 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)|
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