Shuttlecraft, or a shuttle, refer to small space flight-capable vessels used for short-range transportation. Shuttlecraft may ferry people or objects from larger host spacecraft to other destinations, 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.[n 1] They are designated by the host ship's registry serial (e.g. ECV-197) followed by an individualizing number (e.g. ECV-197-1). When refering to shuttles of one's ship, they may be simply known as "Shuttle (number)".[1]

A shuttle seats six passengers, including two seats for pilots with navigational controls. At maximum capacity, a shuttle can carry at least 30 people.[2] Shuttles come equipped with lockers storing weapons, equipment belts, medical equipment, comscanners for landing parties,[3] and enviromental suits.[4] Food Synthesizers create food and drink.[n 2][n 3] The viewscreen can magnify objects or filter light to reduce brightness.[3] The back of the shuttle is a ramp leading up to the hatchway.

As with larger vessels, shuttles possess Deflector Screens for protection. In inhospitable enviroments such as the high gravity world of Xelaya, an energy field may be extended to protect the immediate area around the shuttle. To venture beyond that would typically require an enviromental suit.[5] In addition, shuttles are equipped with cloaking devices which allow them to evade hostile forces.[n 4] By reducing the field radius, the cloak of a shuttle may be focused like a lens which can render individual objects or even people invisible.[6] However, Union shuttlecraft have little in terms of weaponry; unlike their Krill counterparts, Union shuttles have no torpedo launchers.[7]

Union shuttle systems are powered through high-energy dysonium.[n 5] Versatile extending airlocks allow Union shuttles to latch on to many different kinds of docks encountered in space.[8]

USS Orville (ECV-197) Edit

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



  • ECV-197-2 is a shuttlecraft seen docked in the Orville, and flies to and from the surface of the Habitable Moon.[9]


ECV-197-4 was used by Ed and Janel Tyler. It was lost to the Krill.[10]

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.

Unidentified vessel Edit

A shuttle from an unidentified Science-class vessel transfers Lieutenant Talla Keyali to her new post aboard the Orville.[12]

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.

It seats at least two persons. Unlike Union shuttlecraft, Krill shuttles possess torpedo launchers.[13]

History Edit

In September, 2419, at least two Krill shuttles deliver raiding teams to the Epsilon Science Station of Epsilon 2.[14]

Months later, a Krill shuttle is recovered from the wreckage of a Krill destroyer by the Orville after an intense battle.[15]

In late 2420, a Krill shuttle is granted entry into the Orville Shuttle Bay to pick up Teleya, who had been set free by Captain Mercer in hopes of improving relations between the Union and the Krill.[16]

Moclan Edit

Moclan shuttle

A Moclan shuttle in the Orville shuttlebay.

Production Edit

Planetary Union Edit

For exterior shots, Union shuttles are laser-cut foam by Ghostlight Industries,[n 6] coated in fiberglass, and sanded to create the final form. The actual shuttles are roughly 75 percent the size as depicted on film.[3]

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.[8] It is constructed on gimbals to let the production crew simulate a "rough ride" while shooting."[17]

The Union shuttle has an extendable chamber used to connect the shuttle to a docking door, seen in If the Stars Should Appear. The chamber was created during production for that episode when the crew realized there was no easy way to dock the shuttle against the Dorahl bioship.[18]

The original registry of the Orville's shuttle was C1379.[19]

Season 2 changes Edit

New decals were added to the sides of the shuttlecraft, first revealed on March 26, 2018 by director Jon Cassar while filming the third episode.[20]

Krill Edit

The Krill shuttle was originally a small, 3-D-printed object that caught the eye of creator Seth MacFarlane. MacFarlane subsequently directed designers to use the model as a reference.[21]

Trivia Edit

  • The Union shuttle set is one of two of Seth's least favorite locations to shoot because it is so small, the other is the Bridge of the Orville.[22]

Appearances Edit

Planetary Union shuttlecraft Edit

Krill shuttlecraft Edit

Moclan shuttlecraftEdit

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.
  2. Commander Kelly Grayson ordering a marijuana-infused brownie from a food synthesizer. Episode 1x02: Command Performance
  3. Grayson drinking a glass of water presumably obtained from the synthesizer. Episode 1x12: Mad Idolatry
  4. Using cloaking technology. Episode 1x01: Old Wounds
  5. In early 2420 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. Episode 1x08: Into the Fold
  6. Note that the authors incorrectly call the company 'Ghost Light.' See Lineweaver, Stephen & Robert Strohmaier. "The Orville: A Chance to Design the Future". ADG Perspective. July-Aug. 2018. Pg. 98.

References Edit

  1. Episode 2x10: Blood of Patriots
  2. Episode 2x02: Primal Urges
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. 2018. Pg. 85.
  4. Episode 2x10: Blood of Patriots
  5. Episode 2x03: Home
  6. Episode 2x07: Deflectors
  7. Episode 2x10: Blood of Patriots
  8. 8.0 8.1 Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. 2018. Pg. 84.
  9. Episode 1x08: Into the Fold.
  10. Episode 2x04: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes
  11. Episode 1x09: Cupid's Dagger.
  12. Episode 2x05: All the World is Birthday Cake
  13. Episode 2x10: Blood of Patriots
  14. Episode 1: Old Wounds
  15. Episode 1x06: Krill.
  16. Episode 2x04: Nothing Left on Earth Excepting Fishes
  17. Lineweaver, Stephen & Robert Strohmaier. "The Orville: A Chance to Design the Future." ADG Perspective. July-Aug. 2018. Pg. 99.
  18. "The Orville Fan Podcast w/ The Visual Effects Team". Planetary Union Podcast. May 23, 2018.
  19. Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. 2018. Pg. 82.
  20. @joncassar. "Another shooting week begins on #TheOrville". Instagram. March 26, 2018.
  21. Bond, Jeff. The World of the Orville. Titan Books. 2018. Pg. 97.
  22. @SethMacFarlane. "The shuttle (it’s small) and the bridge (it’s big)". Twitter. Jan. 17, 2019.