NX Inspection Pod

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NX Inspection Pod
Class Information

Personnel Shuttlepod

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Class Description

Inspection Pod aft view

The NX Orbital Inspection Pod was used by Earth's Starfleet in starting in the mid 2140s. The majority of the pods were used in orbital facilities in Earth orbit but several were carried aboard ships such as those of the NX Class as auxiliary craft. The pods were primarily for inspections of the exterior of ships or orbital facilities during construction or maintenance along with assisting in construction activities. To this end the pods were equipped with two manipulator arms that could be used to maneuver objects into position for assembly or to control tools.

Inspection Pod interior

The craft was similar in appearance to the control capsule of the Phoenix the first warp capable Earth ship. There was an docking port built into the aft surface of the hull that led directly into the interior of the pod. There were three lights attached to the exterior of the pod to illuminate the area being worked on or currently being inspected. The interior was capable of holding two people, a pilot and observer.

Life support systems built into the pod made it possible for the crew to operate the pod while in the standard uniform. Under standard operations the pod could support two people for eight hours prio to the crew needing to return to the docking platform for crew change out. In extreme emergencies the pod can support two people for up to sixteen hours comfortably and twenty hours on low power settings.

Due to being designed for orbital operations the pods were limited to low sublight speeds and was incapable of atmospheric flight. The pods were unable to successfully land on a planet surface or achieving orbit from a planet surface under its own power.

Shuttlecraft Specifications

Basic Information
  • Role: Orbital inspection / Orbital construction support craft
  • Dimensions: 6.2 meters (L) x 4.5 meters (W) x 2.8 meters (H)
  • Expected Duration: 10 years
  • Time Between Resupply: 1 days
  • Expected Refit Cycle: 2 year
Crew Compliment
  • Total Crew: 2
    • Minimum Crew: 1
    • Maximum Crew: 2
    • Passengers: 0
  • Thrusters: RCS Thrusters
  • Sublight Speed: 1/20 the speed of light

Offensive Systems


  • None


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Defensive Systems
Primary Systems
  • Computer System: Standard Computer Systems

  • Sensor Range: 20,000 kilometers
  • Communications Range: 25,000 kilometers
Other Notes

SHUTTLECRAFT FEATURES: The inspection pod has no planetary landing capabilities

  • The inspection pod is for use in proximity to orbital facilities or star ships
  • The inspection pod is equipped with two manipulator arms for use in construction or repair of ships or orbital facilities.

Official Federation Starship Specifications
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Starship Classes 23rd Century AkulaCardenasConstellationConstitutionConstitution (Refit)CrossfieldExcelsiorExcelsior (Refit)HooverMirandaNimitzOberthOhioShepardSoyuzSydneyWalker
Starship Classes 22nd Century DaedalusFranklinNXNX Intrepid Yorktown
Federation Shuttle Craft
24th Century Type 5 shuttleType 6 shuttle Type 7 shuttle Type 8 shuttleType 9 shuttleType 10 pod Type 11 shuttle Type 15 pod Type 16 pod Type 18 podWork Bee
23rd Century Class FTravel PodType 2Type 3Work Pod
22nd Century Inspection PodShuttlepod