generic terminology for the small warp-capable Federation starships,
used to go on short-range
missions actually of the Danube class. The
first runabout was put into service in 2367. The runabouts are twenty meters
long and have both impulse and warp capabilities. The
runabout can achieve a maximum warp speed of 4.7. With
seating for four people, aft-section living accommo- dations,including
bunks and food replicators,
a two-person short-range transporter, the runabout is capable of more extended
travel than a standard Federation
shuttlecraft or shuttle
mid-section of the runabout was a detachable module, capable
replaced for different types of missions.
The runabouts exterior shell is made from duranium composites.
The Galaxy-class U.S.S. Enterprise under command by Jean Luc Picard off-loaded three runabouts to Deep Space Nine to begin with.
U.S.S. Yangtzee Kiang
U.S.S. Shenandoa U.S.S. Yukon