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This is a meta Article,

In ST-OM I have a Shuttlecraft problem.  

This is about the time line and when new ships and shuttles appear. 


This is the Shuttlecraft Galileo 5 from Star Trek 5 (1989) (Game year 2287)

Type 5 Shuttle

The Shuttle from Star Trek 5 (1989)







I named this the "Type 5" shuttle because it was seen in Star Trek 5. 

And this is the "Type 6 Shuttle Craft" Which appeared not too long after in TNG Season 3 (1989) Game year 2366 or 2367


Type6-views

Type 6 shuttlecraft (1989)











If they look similar, it's because they are.  The Type 6 shuttlecraft is the Galileo 5 prop rebuilt to be a TNG era shuttle. 

But this has an implication. That between 2283 and 2367, there was a type of shuttlecraft that never really changed it's hull shape that much. 

There is another variant of this shuttle

St7-shuttle

The Generations shuttle 1994







It's easy to see that this one is betwixt and between the "type 5" and the Type 6


So do we imagine that this type of shuttle came into use in 2287 and was changed incrementally until the 2390s?

Because In Voyager we see -


Tereshkova


















This is the same model and standing Prop, updated a little.  It's called the "Type 8" shuttle. 


Now, This is my problem.  I'd love to see some Shuttles from the 2300 - 2360  time range.  I find it hard to believe that for 80 years one type of shuttle was just fine and then in the space of 15 years, Starfleet build a kabillion different models, seemingly a new (and different) run for each ship. 


For TNG they tried this one

Type7-views











Which has a definite resemblance to the design work of the Enterprise-D.  But it was actually too big, and the curves were, reportedly difficult to reproduce on the set This Shuttle appeared a few times in Season 1 and Season 2 of TNG and then disappears. 

They also made up the "Shuttlepod" as a microshuttle

Type15-views











This one actually has about the size and foot print of a minivan. 


So,  80 years of one shuttle-hull and development, and then suddenly, lots.


Shuttle-chart 12-11-2016c

Lots o' shuttles

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