The Type F shuttle craft was first produced in 2245, and was stamped out in the tens of thousands.
Type F Shuttle Craft (2245 – )
- Length: 6.8 m
- Weight: 17,000 kg
- Ship's Compliment: 7 (Varied depending on internal arrangement.)
- Propulsion: Impulse Power
- Range: Interplanetary
- Landing/Takeoff Velocity: 300 knots
- Atmosphere Cruising Velocity: Mach 12 (14,200 km/hr)
It was phased out of Starfleet use beginning in 2270, but some are still operating in civilians hands in the present.
The shuttle is a sort of "Longboat" or "Ships boat" for the starship. It allows small groups to leave the ship and have adventures away from the ship and easy back up.
In practice, shuttles are rarely used - the Transporter is way easier.