Auxiliary Spacecraft Systems

9.0 AUXILIARY SPACECRAFT SYSTEMS

9.1 SHUTTLEBAY

General Overview: Located in the aft dorsal portion of the engineering section, the Main Shuttlebay is the primary port for entrance and egress, as well as management of auxiliary craft and shuttles. The Main Shuttlebay is managed by a team of Helmsmen/Pilots, Engineers and Technicians, and Operations personnel that are based on the Flight Operations office under the supervision of the Flight Control Officer.

Inward from the main shuttlebay is a secondary storage/maintenance area behind huge inner airlock doors. This secondary area is almost as large as the Main Shuttlebay and is commonly referred to as Shuttlebay 2.

9.2 SHUTTLECRAFT

The Intrepid class Main Shuttlebay is equipped with:

  • Four Type-9 Medium Short-Range Shuttlecraft
  • Two Type-6 Medium Short-Range Shuttlecraft
  • 1 Type-9A Cargo Shuttle
  • 2 Type-18 Shuttlepods
  • 2 Work Bee Maintenance Pods.

Ordinance and Fuel
Flight Operations

10.2.3 TYPE-18 SHUTTLEPOD
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  • Type: Medium short-range sublight shuttle.
  • Accommodation: Two; pilot and system manager.
  • Power Plant: Two 800 millicochrane impulse driver engines, four RCS thrusters, four sarium krellide storage cells.
  • Dimensions: Length, 4.5 m; beam, 3.1 m; height 1.8 m.
  • Mass: 1.12 metric tones.
  • Performance: Maximum delta-v, 16,750 m/sec.
  • Armament: Three Type-V phaser emitters.

Developed in the mid-2360s, the Type-18 Shuttlepod is somewhat of a departure from the traditional layout for ships of its size. In response to the growing threat of conflicts with various galactic powers bordering or near to the Federation, this shuttlepod was designed to handle more vigorous assignments that still fell into the short-range roles of a shuttlepods. Even with her parent vessel under attack, the Type-18 was designed to function in battle situations and could even be used as an escape vehicle should the need arise. Lacking a warp core, the pod is a poor choice for travel beyond several million kilometers. Ships of this type are seeing limited deployment on various border patrol and defensive starship classes, including the Defiant-, Sabre-, and Steamrunner-class.

10.2.4 TYPE-6 PERSONNEL SHUTTLECRAFT (UPRTD)
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  • Type: Light short-range warp shuttle.
  • Accommodation: Two flight crew, six passengers.
  • Power Plant: One 50 cochrane warp engine, two 750 millicochrane impulse engines, four RCS thrusters.
  • Dimensions: Length, 6.0 m; beam, 4.4 m; height 2.7 m.
  • Mass: 3.38 metric tones.
  • Performance: Sustained Warp 3.
  • Armament: Two Type-IV phaser emitters.

The Type-6 Personnel Shuttlecraft is currently in widespread use throughout Starfleet, and is only recently being replaced by the slightly newer Type-8 Shuttle of similar design. The Uprated version of this vessel is considered to be the ideal choice for short-range interplanetary travel, and its large size makes it suitable to transport personnel and cargo over these distances. A short-range transporter is installed onboard, allowing for easy beam out of cargo and crew to and from their destination. Atmospheric flight capabilities allow for this shuttle type to land on planetary surfaces. Ships of this type are currently in use aboard virtually every medium to large sized starship class, as well as aboard stations and Starbases.

The Type-6 is perhaps the most successful shuttle design to date, and its overall structure and components are the foundations upon which the Type-8, -9, and -10 spaceframes are based.

Major technological advancements in the 2370’s allowed for further upgrades to be made to the engine systems aboard shuttlecraft. These upgrades make this craft more capable of long-range spaceflight and, like its starship counterparst, no longer damages subspace.

10.2.7 TYPE-9 PERSONNEL SHUTTLECRAFT
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  • Type: Medium long-range warp shuttle.
  • Accommodation: Two flight crew, two passengers.
  • Power Plant: One 400 cochrane warp engine, two 800 millicochrane impulse engines, four RCS thrusters.
  • Dimensions: Length, 8.5 m; beam, 4.61 m; height 2.67 m.
  • Mass: 2.61 metric tones.
  • Performance: Warp 6.
  • Armament: Two Type-VI phaser emitters.

The Type-9 Personnel Shuttle is a long-range craft capable of traveling at high warp for extended periods of time due to new advances in variable geometry warp physics. Making its debut just before the launch of the Intrepid-class, this shuttle type is ideal for scouting and recon missions, but is well suited to perform many multi-mission tasks. Equipped with powerful Type-VI phaser emitters, the shuttle is designed to hold its own ground for a longer period of time. Comfortable seating for four and moderate cargo space is still achieved without sacrificing speed and maneuverability. As is standard by the 2360’s, the shuttle is equipped with a medium-range transporter and is capable of traveling through a planet’s atmosphere. With its ability to travel at high-warp speeds, the Type-9 has been equipped with a more pronounced deflector dish that houses a compact long-range sensor that further helps it in its role as a scout. The Type-9 is now being deployed throughout the fleet and is especially aiding deep-space exploratory ships with its impressive abilities.

10.2.10 TYPE-9A CARGO SHUTTLECRAFT (UPRTD)
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  • Type: Heavy long-range warp shuttle.
  • Accommodation: Two flight crew.
  • Power Plant: One 150 cochrane warp engine, two 750 millicochrane impulse engines, six RCS thrusters.
  • Dimensions: Length, 10.5 m; beam, 4.2 m; height 3.6 m.
  • Mass: 8.9 metric tones.
  • Performance: Warp 4.
  • Armament: Two Type-V phaser emitters.

Short of a full-fledged transport ship, the Type-9A Cargo Shuttle is the primary shuttle of choice for cargo runs at major Starfleet facilities. Originally developed by the ASDB team stationed at Utopia Planitia, the 9A served as cargo vessel that carried components from the surface of Mars to the facilities in orbit. While able to travel at warp velocities, the 9A is somewhat slow at sub-light speeds, especially when carrying large amounts of cargo. The front of the shuttle is divided by a wall with a closable hatch, allowing for the aft area to be opened to the vacuum of space. The 9A also has the ability to carry one Sphinx Workpod in the aft area. A medium-range transporter and atmospheric flight capabilities allow it to easily complete its tasks. While rarely seen stationed aboard all but the largest starships, the Type-9A is a common site at any large Starfleet facility.

In response to the need to transporter ground troops into areas heavily shielded, a variant designated the Type-9B was designed and is capable of carrying 40 troops and their equipment to the surface of a planet or interior of a space station. This variant has seen limited service onboard frontline ships, most notably the Steamrunner-class starship.

Major technological advancements in the 2370’s allowed for further upgrades to be made to the engine systems aboard shuttlecraft. These upgrades make this craft more capable of long-range spaceflight and, like its starship counterparts, no longer damages subspace.

10.2.11 WORK BEE
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  • Type: Utility craft.
  • Accommodation: One operator.
  • Power Plant: One microfusion reactor, four RCS thrusters.
  • Dimensions: Length, 4.11 m; beam, 1.92 m; height 1.90 m.
  • Mass: 1.68 metric tones.
  • Performance: Maximum delta-v, 4,000 m/sec.
  • Armament: None

The Work Bee is a capable stand-alone craft used for inspection of spaceborne hardware, repairs, assembly, and other activates requiring remote manipulators. The fully pressurized craft has changed little in design during the past 150 years, although periodic updates to the internal systems are done routinely. Onboard fuel cells and microfusion generators can keep the craft operational for 76.4 hours, and the life-support systems can provide breathable air, drinking water and cooling for the pilot for as long as fifteen hours. If the pilot is wearing a pressure suit or SEWG, the craft allows for the operator to exit while conducting operations. Entrance and exit is provided by the forward window, which lifts vertically to allow the pilot to come and go.

A pair of robotic manipulator arms is folded beneath the main housing, and allows for work to be done through pilot-operated controls. In addition, the Work Bee is capable of handling a cargo attachment that makes it ideal for transferring cargo around large Starbase and spaceborne construction facilities. The cargo attachment features additional microfusion engines for supporting the increased mass.

9.3 AEROWING SHUTTLE
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  • Type: Intrepid Class Integrated Craft
  • Accommodation: 6 flight crew, 10 passengers.
  • Power Plant: 2 LF-9X4 Compact Linear Warp Drive Units, 2 FIB-3 Compact Impulse Units, and four RCS thrusters.
  • Dimensions: Length: 24.8m; Width: 29.6m (full wingspan); Height: 4.1m
  • Performance: Cruise: Warp 3; Max Cruise: Warp 4; Max Warp: Warp 5/12hrs
  • Armament: 4 Type-VI Phaser Strips, Pulse Emitter, 2 Mk-25 Micro-Torpedo Launchers

Mounted on the underside of the saucer section, the Aerowing rests in a recessed hatchway just aft of the ventral sensor array. The craft serves in the capacity of a runabout aboard larger ships. In fact the Aerowing’s technology and design is based, in large part, on the Danube class runabout.

The Aerowing provides a large secondary craft, long-range travel, and the protection, armament, and sensor capabilities beyond that of a standard auxiliary shuttle. Facilities include two sleeping bunks and a standard runabout passenger cabin. A replicator and flight couches provide for the needs of the passengers and a two-person transporter allows for beaming of personnel or cargo when needed. Atmospheric flight capabilities allow this shuttle type to land on planetary surfaces.


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