With an ultimate goal towards creating an all-purpose shuttlecraft, the designers of the Type-11 shuttle set out to create a craft that was equipped with all the systems of a starship within the shell of a relatively small shuttle. Allocation of the larger Danube-class runabout to starships in the field proved too costly and with the expressed need by the Sovereign-class development team for a capable shuttle the Type-11 was born.
The overall frame of the Type-11 and its components were a combination of lessons learned from both the Type-9 and Danube-class. Impressive shielding, several phaser emitters, micro-torpedo launchers, and a capable warp propulsion system made the shuttle capable of performing a multitude of tasks.
Both the ventral and dorsal areas of the shuttle featured a new magnaclamp docking port that was capable of linking to other ships that are similarly equipped. A two-person transporter and a large aft compartment with a replicator made the shuttlecraft versatile. The expectation of this all-purpose shuttle was that it would replace the more specific-purpose shuttlecraft already in service, reducing the amount of space needed for shuttle storage in already-cramped hangar bays.