The Type 8 shuttlecraft was introduced in 2371 alongside the Intrepid-class and are part of the vessel's standard shuttlecraft loadout, although generally the Class 2 shuttle was preferred over the Type 8.
The Type 8 was very similar to the older Type 6 shuttles. There were only minor differences in the size of the port and starboard windows, and the warp nacelles resembled those of an Intrepid-class starship. Internally the Type 8 was virtually indistinguishable from the Type 6.
Type 8 shuttles were composed of duranium, magnesite and carbon. They were not normally armed, but it was possible to fit the craft with dual phasers. The Type 8's phasers were powerful enough to destroy small Kazon vessels. (VOY: "Initiations")
Type 8 shuttles
References and appearances
The Type 8 designation was not mentioned on-screen, but rather, was derived from background sources and referenced by name in the Star Trek Encyclopedia.
The miniature used for this type of shuttlecraft as well as the sets used for its interior were actually slightly modified versions of the miniature and sets of the Type 6 shuttlecraft from Star Trek: The Next Generation, as there was initially no money in Star Trek: Voyager's budget for a new shuttlecraft to be designed and constructed for the series, despite both Richard James and Michael Okuda hoping that Voyager would have a shuttlecraft design of its own. (A Vision of the Future - Star Trek: Voyager)