-class starship had the most shuttlebays of any ship seen to date. This ship had seven of these bays - three on each side and a main bay in the front. When I consider that a larger ship like the Enterprise
had three shuttle bays and five hangers (storage of shuttles), I have to ask myself, what percentage of the internal volume of a Constellation
-class starship wasn't devoted to shuttles? And what effect did have this on the ship's performance? (Information on the existence of and number of hangars was from an Okudagram first seen in the third season of TNG.)
According to the illustration that accompanied an article written by R. Sternbach, the Constellation
-class starship was equipped initially with the Surak
-type shuttle. The diagram depicted two of these shuttles sitting snugly in the bays.