Small shuttlecraft carried onboard Starfleet starships. Most shuttlepods were only capable of carrying two
people and were limited to sublight travel across relatively short interplanetary distances. Shuttlepods have a
different type number scheme than regular shuttlecraft. There are three variants of Type 15 shuttlepods, Type
15, Type 15A, and Type 16. They are all similar in design and only have minor technical differences. The Type 15
is 3.6 meters in length, 2.4 meters in height, 1.6 beam and a weight of .086 metric tons. They can also be
outfitted with Type 4 phaser emitters.
The first shuttlepod seen was the El-Baz. It was designed by Rick Sternbach and Richard
McKenzie under the direction of production designer Richard James, miniature built by Tony
Meininger. The El-Baz was named for former NASA planetary geoscientist Farouk El-Baz.