The Type 10 is a four-crew, multirole shuttle based on the Type 6 shuttlecraft spaceframe and equipped with subscale versions of larger starship impulse and warp propulsion systems. The craft measures 9.64 meters in length, 3.35 meters in height and 5.82 meters abeam. It has an unloaded mass of 19.73 metric tons. The Type 10 is armed with mirco-torpedoes and phasers, shields, and signal intelligence jamming devices.

The Type 10 is a prototype, its engines are similar to that of the Defiant-class. The performance of the prototype will determine if fleet-wide production will be made.

The Chaffee was named for Apollo 1 astronaut Roger Chaffee and was designed by Doug Drexler.