General Overview: Shuttle
Located in the aft dorsal portion of the engineering section, the Main Shuttlebay is the primary port for entrance and egress, as well as management of the Nova Class’ auxiliary craft and shuttles. The Main Shuttlebay is managed by a team of Helmsmen/Pilots, Engineers and Technicians, and Operations personnel that are based on the Flight Operations office under the supervision of the Flight Control Officer.
USS Audacious, dorsal aft (the
aft-most black rectangle on the dorsal side of the ship).
In the saucer on deck 4, a short trip from the shuttle bays, was the aforementioned Waverider auxiliary craft, which was integrated into the ''Aggressor''-class' hull. Spanning decks 2 and 3 in front of the shuttlebay were the main (cargo bay)s which could also contained [[CMU]]s, used for transportation and repair purposes.
Additionally, like a majority of starships in the 24th century, ''Nova''-classes were equipped with emergency [[escape pod]]s, twenty in total; fourteen were located on deck 3, four on deck 1 and two on deck 2, all located in the saucer section. They were stored under hatches to permit both launch and retrieval.