In the first edition of the Star Trek Encyclopedia (p. 300), the Hawking was the representative of the type 7 shuttlecraft for the Shuttlecraft diagram. This was a diagram of shuttlecraft types. It was shuttle 10. For the subsequent editions of the Star Trek Encyclopedia (pp. 185, 443), the type 7 shuttlecraft in the diagram was missing its name and in the entry for Hawking, the shuttle was depicted as a type 6 shuttlecraft. The 2367 and the 2371Hawking were considered the same shuttle by the authors.
In the Diane DuanenovelDark Mirror, the Hawking was reconfigured to serve as a transporter "booster" which would allow personnel from the Enterprise to board their mirror universe counterpart without detection. The shuttle was completely gutted and had a full transporter buffer installed, but was destroyed after being detected by the ISS Enterprise-D.