The Aeroshuttle never appeared on-screen; it's role was ultimately filled by the Delta Flyer. But over the years has popped up in the pages of several behind-the-scenes and technical publications, comics, Ships of the Line, and most recently in the Voyager issue of The Official Starships Collection, which examined the launch sequence of the shuttle. Well now we can see that launch sequence in motion, as visual effects artist Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz has posted a concept test video of the Aeroshuttle launch:
Here's what Mojo had to say about the footage:
This was a visual effects concept test to show the producers of Voyager what a launch sequence of the (as of yet) unused "Aeroshuttle" might look like. This special craft was capable of warp speeds and able to fly in a planetary atmosphere. Ultimately, the decision was made to leave the Aeroshuttle alone and introduce the Delta Flyer (this was shortly before the movie "Insurrection," which featured a launch sequence of the Captain's Yacht - the producers didn't want Voyager to "steal the thunder" of such a scene from the upcoming movie). The test was created by Voyager CGI Supervisors Rob Bonchune and Adam "Mojo" Lebowitz, under the supervision of VFX Producer Dan Curry.on Facebook, in the lead up to next year's 20th anniversary of the series. That includes this concept art for what would eventually evolve into the Aeroshuttle.
The not-so-small AeroShuttle tucked up under the Voyager forward hull was based roughly on the Starfleet Runabout spaceframe, in hopes that if we ever saw it, we could modify the existing set from DS9. Ah, sadly, it was not to be, but we did get to see the ventral side and I did get to write a bit of imagined history for Star Trek The Magazine. The craft began life as a concept patterned after a manta ray and was nicknamed as such. That turned into the AeroWing, which coincidentally was a copyrighted name for a toy connected to The Mighty Ducks. Headscratching ensued. AeroShuttle became the in-house term.Continue after the jump for a look back through the evolution of the USS Voyager design: