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Ferengi shuttle

In starship classification, a shuttlecraft or shuttle or glider, was a type of auxiliary craft typically attached to a starship or a starbase. Most shuttles were short-range transports, possessing only impulse drive or a limited warp capability. Utilization of shuttlecraft was common for most spacefaring civilizations, especially for situations where the transporter could not be used for landings or where such technology did not yet exist.

Shuttlecraft ranged in size from the larger, longer-range, and more versatile types, such as runabouts, to the small, short-range types commonly known as shuttlepods. Most Starfleet shuttlecraft from the 23rd century onward had warp nacelles, indicating warp capability. (DS9: "Emissary", "Paradise", "The Jem'Hadar"; TNG: "Parallels", "All Good Things..."; VOY: "Drone", "Resolutions"; TOS: "The Galileo Seven", "The Doomsday Machine"; ENT: "Broken Bow", "Shuttlepod One"; Star Trek Into Darkness)

While attending the Academy, Ensign Nog had heard of instances of cadets commanding a runabout or a shuttle as a Training vessel, but never a starship, after discovering, in 2374, that the USS Valiant served as a training vessel for Red Squad cadets. (DS9: "Valiant")

According to the Star Trek Encyclopedia (4th ed., vol. 2, p. 146), a Star Trek tradition has it that Federation shuttlecraft are named after famous explorers and scientists.

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