The Starling Class Shuttle was originally designed in the year 2070 by the company Orbtran Co. It was originally built to be able to land anywhere, including Venus. Using plasma thrusters it is able to lift off and orbit every terrestrial body in the Sol System. Since 2070 the Shuttle Orbiter has been retrofitted and upgraded many times until it became the versatile ground to orbit shuttle we have today, the Starling Class MK VI. It has been the standard shuttle up to the present day.