Capacities Edit

Why do we say the shuttle could transport "as few as two" people? Surely it can transport as few as one? Perhaps somebody would like to rephrase that to say what it was actually meant to say? I'm guessing it's a matter of the smallest known transporter system fitted in them. The preceding unsigned comment was added by Spatula (talk • contribs).

I think it might mean that there have to be two people to pilot it. But if you wish it to be rephrased, feel free to edit the article accordingly. :) --Vedek Dukat Talk | Duty Roster 08:15, 3 May 2006 (UTC)

Ah, that makes much more sense. I had assumed the word transport referred to the transporter system, not the vehicle as a whole. Clearly need more sleep. Why else would I have forgotten to sign? - Spatula 11:55, 13 May 2006 (UTC)

Short range Edit

Arridor and Kol shocked

"Pod" cockpit

Quark's Treasure, bridge

"Shuttle" bridge

Can this truly be seen as a short range craft? Remember that Quark used it to take Rom and Nog to Earth ("Little Green Men"), and throughout DS9, Earth is said to be quite some distance away, with the station being out on the "frontier". In addition, we see the Nagus use the shuttle as his primary mode of travel from Ferenginar. Generally, we see these shuttles as capable as Runabouts, just smaller and faster. --OuroborosCobra talk 14:17, 18 April 2008 (UTC)

The impression given from the only ship referenced as a "pod", made the vessel seem to be something akin of the short range-ish Type 15 shuttlepod in "The Price": tiny ship, almost equal in size to the Type 15, with pretty much a cockpit with two chairs and nothing more.
Later the "Ferengi shuttle" name was thrown out there, and shown to be almost more reminiscent of the Delta Flyer in size and capacity: warp-capable, large "bridge" with three chairs (and could comfortably fit four), with an aft section and accommodations -- at least in the case of Quark's Treasure.
VOY had to ruin the idea that by some chance they were two distinct "types", same outward appearance, but different in overall size (at which point refer to the Ex Astris article-- which have not consulted for this post) by referring the aforementioned "pod" (lost in the Delta Quadrant) as a "shuttle" in "False Profits", and completely redesigning the "cockpit" to something much less cramped that what was shown previously, but still smaller in width than Quark's Treasure's "bridge".
While I realize this is a bit off topic, my hopes prior to and as I researched this response, were that two articles, one on the short-range "Ferengi pod" and one on the long-range "Ferengi shuttle" could come of this, but so far its coming up short, with exception of Bernd's "evidence" on his page. --Alan 21:19, 18 April 2008 (UTC)