The Type 18 is Starfleet's current shuttlepod replacing the Type 15. They are designed for two operating crew and can carry up to four additional passengers or cargo. They measure 4.5 by 3.1 by 1.8 meters. The shuttlepod is limited to impulse travel only, though it may travel for a short time at superluminal velocities if released at warp. The craft is equipped with limited phaser armaments, but can be modified to mount a number of small weapons systems.