The Class F shuttlecraft was the primary class of Federation shuttlecraft in operation in the mid 23rd century, entering service on reference stardate 1/88. This class is often referred to as the S-3, mark 12 or mark 12B shuttle, and also as the Galileo-model. (FASA RPG module: Star Fleet Intelligence Manual; ST references: Spaceflight Chronology, USS Enterprise Owners' Workshop Manual; TOS novels: Prime Directive, Vulcan's Forge)


The Class F type was introduced in the early 2260s, serving as a replacement for the worn down classes B and E. By the time of the mid 2260s, they served prominently aboard Starfleet space stations and starships.

The Class F would be used until the late 2280s, when one served aboard the USS Gemini-A. (Trainferry88 storyline)

The Class F shuttlecraft had become obsolete by the 2290s. However, the Federation mission on Obsidian had one of these old vessels, modified for use in that world's desert climate. (TOS novel: Vulcan's Forge)

A model if this class was later seen aboard the USS Enterprise-D in 2364. (TNG episode: "Lonely Among Us")


The class F shuttle was equipped with engines that ran on a bulk fuel, stored in tanks and fed through lines into the engine assembly. This fuel mixture was of a particular composition, but the shuttle could be refueled from other energy sources by a sophisticated conversion process performed by an experienced engineer. In order to start the engines, the ship's battery system would provide an energy charge for ignition. Without sufficient energy, the battery would be unable to start the engine. (TOS episode & Star Trek 10 novelization: The Galileo Seven)

The fuel carried aboard a class F shuttle was sufficient for a period of time at warp speed in deep space, although the craft was limited in range by fuel supply issues. A shuttle on a long trip might not have sufficient fuel to cross the distances of a starship, necessitating the calculation of return-trip fuel, so that the shuttle does not become stranded in space or travel beyond its capacity to maintain life support for crewmembers. (TOS episode & Star Trek 4 novelization: The Menagerie)

The Zodiac-class warp shuttle was a design offshoot of the F-class, with the main cabin of the F shuttle duplicated, but mounted on a large warp sled, without the small drive nacelle units present on the F craft. (TOS - Starfleet Academy novel: Cadet Kirk)

Known craftEdit

United Federation of PlanetsEdit

shuttle name shuttle registry assignment service dates
NCC-1701/9 USS Enterprise
NCC-6038/5 Starbase 1
NCC-K7 Deep Space Station K-7
SF-10371 Starfleet Command
Armstrong NCC-1701/7 USS Enterprise until 2270
Apollo NCC-1834/4 USS Cortez
Balboa NCC-1622/1 USS Savannah
Columbus NCC-1701/2 USS Enterprise
Conrad Starbase 6 circa 2271
da Vinci SB4-0314/2 Starbase 4
Einstein NCC-1701/6 USS Enterprise
Ellis NCC-1701/7 USS Enterprise
Galileo NCC-1707/7 USS Enterprise
Galileo NCC-1707/7 USS Enterprise
Galileo NCC-1707/7 USS Enterprise
Galileo II NCC-1707/7 USS Enterprise
Guo Shoujing USS Endeavour
Icarus NCC-1707/3 USS Enterprise
John Burke USS Enterprise
Keppler USS Enterprise
Masao USS Endeavour
McAuliffe NCC-1647/11 USS Farragut
Niagara USS Enterprise circa 2264
Picasso SB11-1201/1 USS Enterprise
Sutherland USS Enterprise circa 2264
USS Enterprise until 2243
USS Enterprise until 2243
USS Enterprise until 2243
USS Enterprise until 2243

Terran EmpireEdit

shuttle name shuttle registry assignment service dates
Bellarmine NCC-1701/7 ISS Enterprise until 2264
Galileo NCC-1701/7 ISS Enterprise circa 2267
Starfleet shuttlecraft classes
Federation, Starfleet named classes AeroshuttleDanubeEpochFlyerGreyhoundMcCallMercury (warpshuttle)PulsarSphinxTeslaValkyrieVenture (scout)WaveriderWraithZodiac (warp shuttle) alphanumeric designations 2FGGHR10S3S4S5S6S7S10S11S12S20SC22SW7SW21I Ufp-emblem Starfleet Command logo
type designations type-1type-4type-t4type-5type-6type-7type-8type-9type-9Atype-10type-11type-15type-16type-18type 18HArgoZhang Sui
others mark IIcaptain's skiffcaptain's yachtAcademy trainer craftunnamed Federation shuttlecraft classes
Federation, Starfleet
(Kelvin timeline)
military shuttlepassenger shuttleStarfleet shuttle (2230s) Ufp-emblem 2250s alt cmd badge

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