Top 10 Shuttle Craft Designs

Shuttle Craft


This is my choice of designs, I classed as a short-range vessels or auxiliary space vehicle that can transport more than two people over great distances, having hyper-light or sub-light speeds and some cargo carrying abilities, yet still classed as Auxiliary.


1st. Imperial Shuttle

Return of the Jedi (1983)

01 Imperial Shuttle

Lambda-class T-4a shuttle a very elegant design and really conveys that imperial stamp, this design has Hyperspace abilities with some armament and shielding to protect it , was a multi-purpose transport with a trihedral foil design used by the Galactic Empire during the Galactic Civil War, and was considered an elegant departure from the standards of brutish Imperial engineering. The shuttles were often used by high-ranking Imperial officers and such dignitaries


2nd. Danube Class Runabout

Star Trek Deep Space Nine

02 Federation Runabout
Star-fleet Runabout This is a cool design and one of the better designs to created for Star Trek Deep Space 9. it could be based on the versatility of Space 1999 Eagle’s based on some non canon information that I find interesting.
To make this versatility the Danube-class featured a modular design with the aft section being swappable for mission specific modules


3rd. Eagle

Space 1999

03 Eagle

The Eagle, Moon-base Alpha’s workhorse spacecraft in Space 1999, this has always been a firm favourite in design and appearance, I moved it down from number 1 place as it hampered by limited range.

Flown by a number of pilots, their captain is Alan Carter, the Eagle had the look and feel that many in the 1970s would be close to a realistic look for a space craft in the 1999s, at least I did.


4th. Vulcan Shuttle

Star Trek The Motion Picture (1979)

04 Vulcan Shuttle
The Surak, Federation-registered long range shuttle that was in service in the late 23rd century, I love this design the moment it appeared Star Trek The Motion Picture, sadly only appeared once in all the films and TV episodes as far as I know. With its detachable main cabin to enable to dock to another Starship when Transporters are not an option for whatever reason that arises in Star Trek, a fantastic design by the creative talents of Andrew Probert


5th. Colonial Shuttle

Battlestar Galactica 1978

05 Colonial Shuttle
Colonial Shuttle the work-horse for the Colonial Fleet, it can be between 85 and 110 ft long, commanded by two pilots and having room for a large number of passengers it can also carry one LandRAM land craft, but the design is limited to sub-light speed, but has significant cargo and crew capabilities.


6th. Orion III

2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

06 Orion III

Orion III This is a great design from 2001: A Space Odyssey and is a 2 stage lift off requirement mainly for passenger transport, apparently very limited in range only orbital abilities, its its design, that places it in 6th place.


7th. Federation Shuttle

Star Trek The Original Series(1966)

07 Federation Shuttle

A fan favourite “Class-F shuttle-craft” or Galileo 7, The twenty-four foot long and could carry at least seven passengers, and a smaller aft section, which contained a small engineering area. only interplanetary abilities, but somehow manages to keep up with the Warp driven USS Enterprise in “The Menagerie”.. Perhaps it has some limited warp speed?


8th. Ranger 3

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)

08 Ranger 3
Ranger 3 the shuttle that takes Buck Rogers from the 20th century to the 25th century while Buck is frozen, it does have features of the USA Space Shuttle, but greatly smaller, so its good to have even a fictional NASA craft appear in my top 10 Shuttles


9th. Star Bug

Red Dwarf (1989)

09 StarBug
Red Dwarfs support craft own by Jupiter Mining Corporation and manned by the last human alive by the name of Dave Lister, the last known human alive, and Arnold Rimmer, a hologram of Lister’s dead bunk mate. The other characters are Cat, a life form which evolved from the descendants of Lister’s pregnant pet cat Frankenstein; Holly, Red Dwarf’s computer; Kryten, a service mechanoid. this craft changes from each season, but I do like the basic design.


10th. Starfire

Jason of Star Command (1978)

10 StarfireJason of Star Command flew a Starfire. This fast spaceship had a star pod that could separate from the ship in an emergency, a good design and one I remember with fondness from my youth..


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My Top 10 Enemy Fighters

My Top 10 Enemy Fighters


Every hero needs a villain, and every villain needs a deadly fighter to attack the hero, the following selection are mine.


1st. Cylon Raider

Battlestar Galactica (1978)

1 Cylon Raider

The Cylon Raider carries a crew of three Centurions, a commander and 2 co-pilots and normally carried into battle by a Basestar, each Basestar carries 300 of these attack ships and while they don’t have light-speed abilities, are quite a danger to any Colonial Viper, famous for their pin-wheel attack.

These ships can be beaten by human pilots due to quick and very human illogic thinking and reactions

1st place in my list due to design.


2nd. Advanced Tie Fighter

Star Wars (1977)

2 Advanced Tie Fighter
The Advanced Tie Fighter or Darth Vader’s Fighter only appeared once in Star Wars films and I for one wish it had seen more screen time, this could be the only canon Tie fighter that has some hyperspace abilities. it is also said to be faster then the standard tie fighter design.

2nd place in my list


3rd. Interceptor Tie Fighter

 Return of the Jedi (1983)

3 Interceptor Tie Fighter
Interceptor Tie Fighter
, like all but Vader’s Advanced Tie Fighter, these ships have no hyperspace abilities and require the use of a carrier ship or base, and like other Tie Fighters have no shields. they rely on speed and lots of it. RZ-1 A-wing interceptor was developed by the Rebel Alliance to counter this design, which is in fact faster.

3rd place in my list.


4th. Scorpion Fighter

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)

4 Scorpion Fighter
Scorpion Fighter as seen in Buck Rogers in the 25 century
, This model was mostly the work of Illianna Lowry and designed by David Jones. I like this design and like all other vessels in Buck Rogers, it makes use of Star-Gates located in space to make long distance trips.

4th position in my list.


5th. Pirates-Raider

Babylon5 (1994)

5 B5 Raider
The only enemy design I liked in Babylon5, I never cared for the spider look of the shadow vessels, so I always liked this and I get the impression of Cylon Raider from this design 
                                                                          5th in my list

6th. Hatchet Fighter

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)

6 Hatchet FighterThe Hatchet fighter, also used as pirate fighters, Draconia Fighter, everyone  used this fighter in Buck Rogers in the 25th century, its is strange to see the pilot sit over the main engine section, but it is good to have more Buck Roger’s designs making it to my list.

6th place on my list.


7th. Tie Fighter

Star Wars (1977)

7 Tie Fighter
The Tie Fighter and where it started, its a basic design really with no frills save for the side panels, distinctive sound when in motion (I know, no sound in space) single pilot, no shield, no real armour, no hyper-drive, no hope, for just been so deadly and great in Star Wars.

7th in my list


8th. Treen Fighters

Dan Dare Pilot of the Future (2002)

8 Treen ship
The Treen Fighters, this is from a animated show I like made in CGI by Foundation Imaging called “Dan Dare Pilot of the Future” , I liked the designs in the show which are all based on the Frank Thompson British comic of the same name from 1950.


9th. Drone Fighters

Jason of Star Command (1978)

9 Dragos's fighter
Drone Fighter
, in the TV show Jason of Star Command, and I liked the design, who ever built it had a lot of fun and I did wish they had more screen time, as this was for kids the drone fighters fitting the name where unmanned so no one was killed when they where destroyed, shame this restraint is not more prevalent on TV shows now

9th position on my list.


10th. Shark Fighter

Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979)

10 SharkAnother Buck Rogers enemy fighter from the episode, Flight of the War Witch, Part 1 & 2 , this design just appealed to me when I saw it for the first time on TV in the 1980’s and to this day, I have never built it in Lightwave3d, but one day perhaps.

10th position in my list.


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