The ship's technology seemed to similar to Earth's moon rockets. The shuttles were developed to bring a pattern storage module derived from a Wraith beaming device to the moon base in a moon over Jamus' homeworld in order to save a number of them from the Wraith. One of the ships was inside the moon base, and the second ship was destroyed before it managed to reach the base years earlier. After Herick was rematerialized and discovered that his wife and son were killed in the second shuttle, he used all of the shuttle's fuel to commit suicide.
The shuttle's engines deteriorated the outer blast doors on the moon base, which pushed the moon base off course and into the planet's atmosphere. A desperate Jamus beamed himself and Teyla Emmagan into the pattern storage module to force the Atlantis expedition to save his people. In the end, Sheppard decided to pilot the shuttle to the planet's surface despite it having no fuel. After the moon base was destroyed, Sheppard managed to land the shuttle on the planet though the landing was rough, and everyone inside was rematerialized, though some had memory loss. (SGA: "The Ark")