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The type 6 Shuttlecraft was introduced sometime prior to 2364. They were part of the standard shuttlecraft inventory aboard Galaxy-class, Intrepid-class, and Nebula-class starships. Space stations such as Relay Station 47 also supported type 6 shuttlecraft, as did facilities on Earth.
For propulsion, the type 6 was equipped with two 1,250 millicochrane warp nacelles and twelve DeFI 3234 microfusion RCS thrusters. The craft was powered by a fusion reactor core and a starboard and port power supply. It was furthermore equipped with an RCS thruster quad and an atmospheric ramscoop for atmospheric flight. A flight avionics unit aided the pilot with flying the craft. There was no standard armament, but the shuttlecraft could be equipped with two type 4 phaser emitters for special purposes. The shuttle also featured a forward navigational deflector, a forward sensor array, a forward emitter array, a primary emitter, and a graviton polarity source generator.
For the remastered episode, several components were relabeled. These were the atmospheric airscoop (to atmospheric ramscoop), hover field antigravs (to forward sensor array), deuterium exchanger (to flight avionics unit), and secondary graviton polarity source (to forward navigational deflector).
A transporter assembly was also not standard, but the shuttle could be fitted with a portable array. The control systems were intuitive, and a non-Federation pilot could quickly learn to fly the craft. (TNG: "The Outcast") Type 6 shuttles were easily configurable for testing of a variety of technologies.
Entry to the shuttle was through a large hatch in the rear of the vessel. The hatch could be opened via a control pad next to the impulse engines. There were benches for passenger seating in the aft section, and ample room for cargo. A separate systems display was also found in the aft area, as were storage bins.
By 2374, deflector shields, phaser arrays, and transporter arrays were standard equipment on board type 6 shuttles.
At 6m long, 4.4m wide and 2.7m high, the standard shuttle had a mass of 3.38 metric tonnes and was unarmed. It could accomodate two flight crew and six passengers, or for diplomatic missions, the passenger compartment could be reconfigured to provide enhanced accomodations for two VIPs.
Type 6 shuttles were easily configurable for testing of a variety of technologies.
An uprated type-6 had two 2,100 millicochrane warp engines, which enabled the shuttle to sustain Warp 2 for 36 hours.
Cargo pallets, engines, mission housings and other interchangeable components affected dimensions and performance figures which led to other configurations.
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