The Xindi shuttle was a small shuttlecraft used by the Xindi-Primates during the mid-22nd century. The vessel had a cockpit, and three adjustable landing legs that were positioned in a triangular layout, with two smaller struts at the rear, and the third extension being longer and positioned slightly forward of the others.
The design of the Xindi shuttle was inspired by sparrows that production illustrator John Eaves noticed while he was having lunch outside a fast fooddiner. "Looking at these little fellas as they ate my fries gave me a quick new idea," he recalled. "I raced back to the office and threw a few sketches together, and by the end of the day had a new ship to check off the list." Eaves illustrated three conceptual passes of the shuttle's design, the last of which was the most successful. He then drew a final sketch of the craft, which he proceeded to colorize.