Each Heavycruiser carries six MK-III Galileo-class standard Starfleet
shuttles. These shuttles are used for personnel and equipment transfers when the
use of transporters is impractical or contra-indicated. Each can carry up to 10
personnel, including a pilot and a co-pilot (usually the Chief Mechanic assigned
to the particular shuttle). With two SW08/1-4AX warp drive nacelles, the shuttle
is capable of speeds up to Warp 4.
Designed primarily for personnel, the Standard Shuttle is capable of
transporting up to 0.79 metric tons of cargo. When the shuttle is used for this
purpose, the interior passenger seats are removed, and the large cargo door on
the stern is used for loading.
The Aquatic Shuttle's hull is specially reinforced to withstand both the
negative pressure of space and the positive pressure of a fluid environment.
An upper hatch connects to an air lock, allowing crewmembers to leave the
shuttle while it is submerged. Specimens may be transported with tanks designed
to maintain an appropriate, natural habitat.
A tractor beam capable of towing 5.1 x 102metric tons is included as standard
equipment. Should an emergency arise, an Aquatic Breathing Apparatus for each
crewmember is stored internally.
The Aquatic Shuttle is a MK-I, Cathark-class.
Because the possibility that a starship may face a situation in which
out-of-the-ordinary medical demands might be required is extremely high, each
ship carries one MK-IV, Hippocrates-class medical shuttle. This special
shuttlecraft is utilized only for medical emergencies encountered on a planet or
on a shuttle-capable vessel. Based on the standard shuttlecraft, the interior
has been modified to include examination tables, diagnostic equipment, and a
complete line of medical supplies.
Medical Shuttle in Shuttle Bay