The Type 18 shuttlepod was a type of Federation Starfleet warp-capable shuttlecrafts.

Service historyEdit


The cockpit


Forward viewport

In 2371, when the prototype USS Defiant was sent into the Gamma Quadrant, she was equipped with at least one of these shuttlepods. Kira Nerys and Odo used the Shuttle 01 to escape a Jem'Hadar attack. Odo piloted the shuttle to the Founders' homeworld in the Omarion Nebula. In a simulation run by the Vorta, Sisko and Bashir believed they had escaped the battle in a similar craft. {DS9 episodes: "The Search, Part I", "The Search, Part II")

In the same year, the subspace field coils of the warp drive of Shuttle 01 were used to create a subspace bubble around the Sword of Stars comet fragments as they passed through the Bajoran wormhole. (DS9 episode: "Destiny")


At 4.5 meters long, 3.1m wide and 1.8m high, these shuttlepods were capable of accommodating up to two flight crew and four passengers or cargo. They were used for evacuation, planetary surface operations and ship-to-ship transfers. In their standard configuration, the Type-18 was only equipped with phaser armaments, however, they could be mounted with numerous other small weapons systems should the need arise.

Although the Type-18 shuttlepod was limited to sublight speeds under its own propulsion, if released from its mothership while at warp speed, it was capable of sustaining the superluminal velocity by generating its own subspace field. (DS9 reference: Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Technical Manual)

Notable usesEdit

Subspace field around Type 18 shuttlepod

A subspace field around a Type 18 shuttlepod

In mid-2371, Benjamin Sisko and Kira Nerys used one of the USS Defiant's shuttlepods to generate a subspace field around comet fragments travelling through the Bajoran wormhole to prevent silithium from the comet from reacting with the wormhole. (DS9 episode: "Destiny")

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