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The Hawking was a Federation type 7 shuttlecraft that was in service with Starfleet in the mid-24th century, attached to the USS Enterprise-D.

In 2367, Commander William T. Riker used the Hawking to fly Trill Ambassador Odan to a conference on Peliar Zel so he could moderate a dispute between Alpha moon and Beta moon. The Hawking was attacked en route and severely damaged. Riker had to pilot the shuttle back to the Enterprise as Odan refused to be transported since it would damage the symbiont. (TNG: "The Host")

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 second and third 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 2371 Hawking were considered the same shuttle by the authors. For the fourth edition of the Star Trek Encyclopedia (vol. 2, p. 276), the Hawking as a Type 7 shuttle makes an appearance in a diagram of shuttlecrafts. The authors mistakenly date the Type 7 to around 2287.
The Hawking was named after physicist Stephen Hawking. (Star Trek Encyclopedia 3rd ed., p. 185)
In the Diane Duane novel Dark 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.

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