Type 3 class Shuttle
|Expected Duration:||25 years|
|Resupply Interval:||0 years|
|Refit Interval:||5 years|
|Cruising Speed:||Warp 0.3|
|Maximum Speed:||Warp 0.4|
|Emergency Speed:||Warp 0.5 (for 1 hours)|
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The Type-3 Shuttle was a Starfleet class of shuttlecraft actively serving aboard Federation starships and installations during the latter half of the twenty-third century.
Development of the Type 3 shuttle was initiated by Starfleet to complement the upgraded Miranda and Constitution variants entering service in the late 2260's. Starfleet requested a shuttle, which would replace the venerable Type 1; the new design was to meet the latest standards of safety and introduce modern sensors and computers into service with the shuttlecraft fleet. The original requirement called for the Type 2 to be fully warp capable, as was its predecessor, but here the project ran into difficulties.
The new Constitution design had introduced, among many other things, a completely new nacelle design. This had suffered from considerable difficulties when introduced; getting the engines into the proper balance tended to be very difficult, requiring prolonged computer modelling and simulation for each individual vessel. Use of the engines when not properly balanced tended to generate wormhole-like phenomena, as encountered by the USS Enterprise on her first warp flight after completing her refit in 2271. Although these difficulties where eventually solved for the larger ships, the miniaturizing of the nacelle design for use on board the Type 2 compounded the problem. The first three Type 2 shuttle prototypes produced were all lost to wormhole effects; fortunately all three were flown unmanned and no loss of life was incurred. Great efforts were made to try and correct this difficulty, but by 2274 the design was still unworkable and Starfleet dropped the entire project.
The need for a shuttlecraft still existed, however, and so by 2276 the Type 2 had been reborn as the Type 3. Starfleet decided that the miniaturization of the warp drive was too great a task for their current technological level, and modified the design so as to limit the shuttle to impulse flight only. After this development proceeded remarkably smoothly, but Starfleet’s understandable caution led to a rather prolonged testing program; the first prototype was successfully flown in 2278, and the first production test model was delivered late in 2279. Series production began in 2280, with the first units arriving at their starships in June of that year. After a successful first year in service, Starfleet stepped up production of the Type 3 and began to deliver them fleet wide in large numbers. Ten years on, the design has been upgraded to include port and starboard cockpit viewports, a new sensor package and a new reaction control thruster design which has increased the Type 3’s maneuverability by 14%.