|Class F shuttlecraft|
|Affiliation:|| Federation Starfleet|
also Terran Empire
|Classification:|| administrative shuttle/|
|Capacity:||1 pilot plus 6 passengers|
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. 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. A model if this class was later seen aboard the USS Enterprise-D in 2364.
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.
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. 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.
|Starfleet shuttlecraft classes|
|Federation, Starfleet||named classes||Aeroshuttle• Argo • Danube class • Epoch class • Flyer class • Greyhound class • McCall • Mercury (warpshuttle) • Pulsar class • Sphinx class • Tesla class • Valkyrie class • Venture class • Waverider • Wraith class • Zhang Sui • Zodiac class (warp shuttle)||alphanumeric designations||2 • F • G • G • H • R10 • S3 • S4 • S5 • S6 • S7 • S10 • S11 • S12 • S20 • SC22 • SW7 • SW21 • I|
|type designations||type-1 • type-4 • type-t4 • type-5 • type-6 • type-7 • type-8 • type-9 • type-9A • type-10 • type-11 • type-15 • type-16 • type-18 • type 18H|
| Federation, Starfleet|
|military shuttle • passenger shuttle • Starfleet shuttle (2230s)|
|others||Mark II • Captain's skiff • Captain's yacht • unnamed Federation shuttlecraft classes|