Shuttlecraft and shuttles refer to small space flight-capable vessels. Shuttlecraft are used to ferry people or objects from larger host spacecraft, and are capable of landing on, or leaving the surfaces of high-gravity objects like planets.

Planetary UnionEdit


Union shuttlecraft ECV-197-1

In the Planetary Union, shuttles are stowed aboard larger spaceships inside the Shuttle Bay. Typically, shuttles are piloted by a helmsman or a navigator, but rarely another officer may pilot one.[NB 1] They are designated by the host ship's registry serial followed by an individualizing number.

A shuttle seats six passengers, including two seats for pilots with navigational controls. Shuttles may self-cloak to hide from enemies.[1] Shuttles come equipped with lockers storing weapons, equipment belts, medical equipment, and comscanners for landing parties,[2] and Food Synthesizers.[3][4] The viewscreen can magnify objects or filter light to reduce brightness.[2] The back of the shuttle is a ramp leading up to the hatchway.

Union shuttle systems are power through high-energy dysonium. Versatile extending airlocks allow Union shuttles to latch on to many different kinds of docks encountered in space.[5]

USS Orville (ECV-197) Edit

Currently, two shuttles are known to exist on the USS Orville.

USS Olympia (SCV-183) Edit

Only one of its shuttlecrafts is directly observed from the outside. However, the designation of that shuttle as "2" implies there is at least one more.

History Edit

Command Performance Edit

Captain Ed Mercer and Commander Kelly Grayson briefly pilot a shuttle. Grayson uses the matter generator to create hash brownies.

Into the Fold Edit

A small group from the Orville crashes on an unnamed moon. Isaac restores partial power to the shuttle by mining local dysonium and sends a weak distress signal to the Orville.

Production Edit

For exterior shots, Union shuttles are laser-cut foam, coated in fiberglass, and sanded to create the final form. The actual shuttles are roughly 75 percent the size as depicted on film.[2] The interior of the shuttles is merely an open set: six seats, two portions of shuttle walls, and part of the ceiling are all that physically exist.[5]

The original registry of the Orville's shuttle was C1379.[15]

Krill Edit

Krill shuttle

Seen here, a shuttle recovered from the wreckage of the Kakov and used by spies of the Planetary Union to infiltrate the Krill.

Krill shuttles are short-range craft designed to transport raiding parties, as opposed to general transportation purposes as with Union shuttlecraft.

History Edit

Old Wounds Edit

At least three Krill shuttles send Krill raiding teams to the Epsilon Science Station of Epsilon 2.

Krill Edit

A Krill shuttle is recovered from the wreckage of a Krill destroyer by the Orville after an intense battle.[16] It seats at least two persons.

Production Edit

The Krill shuttle was originally a small, 3-D-printed object that caught the eye of creator Seth MacFarlane, who subsequently directed designers to use the model as a reference.[17]

Appearances Edit

Planetary Union shuttlecraft Edit

Krill shuttle Edit

Notes Edit

  1. Helmsman Gordon Malloy and Navigator John LaMarr have piloted most shuttlecraft flights flown thus far. Exceptions include: Majority Rule, wherein Lieutenant Alara Kitan flies the shuttle from a planet to the Orville. Into the Fold where Isaac files the shuttle and crashes on the biohazardous wasteland of a moon.

References Edit

  1. Episode One: Old Wounds (using cloaking technology).
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. 2018. Pg. 85.
  3. Episode Two: Command Performance (Commander Kelly Grayson ordering a marijuana-infused brownie from a food synthesizer).
  4. Episode Twelve: Mad Idolatry (Grayson drinking a glass of water presumably obtained from the synthesizer).
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. 2018. Pg. 84.
  6. Old Wounds, supra, n. 1.
  7. Command Performance, supra, n. 2.
  8. Episode Three: About a Girl.
  9. Episode Four: If the Stars Should Appear.
  10. Episode Five: Majority Rule.
  11. Mad Idolatry, supra, n. 4.
  12. Episode Ten: Firestorm.
  13. Episode Eight: Into the Fold.
  14. Episode Nine: Cupid's Dagger.
  15. Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. 2018. Pg. 82.
  16. Episode Six: Krill.
  17. Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. 2018. Pg. 97.