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Dr Who

Up to date as of January 31, 2010

From TARDIS Index File, the free Doctor Who reference.

An escape pod is a capsule or craft used to escape a vessel in an emergency.

Ishtar used an escape pod to survive the destruction of her ship. (NA: Timewyrm: Genesys)

A group of Pyroviles traveled to Earth in an escape pod. (DW: The Fires of Pompeii)

Three Terileptil criminals used an escape pod to survive the destruction of their stolen ship. (DW: The Visitation)

Davros survived the destruction of his Imperial mothership in an escape pod, although it may simply have been his Emperor casing. (EDA: War of the Daleks, BFA: Terror Firma)

The Black Gold had a one-man escape pod. (DW: The Infinite Quest)

Martha Jones and Riley Vashtee tried to get away from a Torajii-possessed Dev Ashton by locking themselves in an escape pod. (DW: 42)

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Memory-beta

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In starship classification, an escape pod was a small capsule which are generally located aboard most starships.

Escape pods are generally used only in the event that a ship was damaged and facing imminent destruction. Starfleet vessels were equipped with enough escape pods to allow the entire crew complement to escape the vessel.

While all escape pods had the same abilities and purpose, different types of pods were equipped with different functions depending on their deployment. For example, the escape pods installed aboard the USS Exeter in 2376 were designed to have a emergency manual override on the inside of the pods, while the USS Excalibur, another Ambassador-class vessel, had the same functions installed on the interior of the starship. (NF novel: Requiem)

While all Starfleet vessels were equipped with escape pods, it was noted that several classes of Klingon design weren't equipped with escape pods. (ENT episodes: "Sleeping Dogs" & "Bounty"; DS9 episode: "Penumbra")

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ST Expanded

Up to date as of February 07, 2010

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An escape pod is a small maneuverable capsule allowing quick escape from a starship or starbase for various reasons. Most vessels and bases have more than one escape pod.

Escape pods are usually utilized when a ship or base is heavily damaged and may be destroyed. All Starfleet vessels and bases contain sufficient number of escape pods to ensure the entire crew and all non-Starfleet personnel can be safely evacuated.

A minority of Klingon starships lack escape pods. (ENT: "Sleeping Dogs", "Bounty", DS9: "Penumbra")

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Starwars

Up to date as of February 04, 2010

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Escape pod
Production information
Manufacturer

Corellian Engineering Corporation

Model

Escape pod

Technical specifications
Length

3.5 meters

Hull

40 RU

Armament

None

Passengers

1-8

Consumables

2 weeks

Usage
Era(s)
"Time to abandon ship!"
General Grievous

Escape pods, also known as life pods, repair pods, or lifeboats, were small escape craft for use in emergencies. They were standard aboard all deep-space starships.

Contents

Characteristics

The Nebulon Ranger escape pod.
"Are you sure this thing is safe?"
―C-3PO

While there were probably as many different types of escape pods as there were starships, they all shared a few characteristics. The interior of an escape pod was spartan—passengers were expected to use the pod only for a few hours. Some pods seated as few as two people, while larger pods could carry over a dozen beings. Padded g-couches protected occupants from injury.

A simple piloting station provided access to the sensor, communication, and flight control systems, although the shipboard systems were heavily automated so the escape pod could land without a pilot at the controls. Sensors provided atmosphere as well as radiation and gravitational information about nearby planets, and a limited comm transceiver scanned for activity on standard communication frequencies. Emergency homing beacons were also standard, often at least as powerful as an OmniNode Communications Set. Many escape pods were equipped with limited hyperspace capability to facilitate travel to a planet on which to land.

Ion mining ship's escape pod.

The interior compartments carried up to two weeks of rations, including food, water, survival shelters, medpacs, breath masks, glow rods, and comlinks. Galactic law often required escape pods to be fitted with a medkit and at least one medpac, though many times these regulations weren't followed. Sometimes an escape pod's emergency supplies included a civilian hunting blaster. In emergencies, survivors could use the escape pod as a shelter while seeking more adequate protection.

Escape pods had simple drive systems with just enough fuel to orient the pod toward the nearest habitable planet and assist in emergency braking during landing. In some pods, parachutes, maneuvering jets, flotation devices, or repulsorlift drive units slowed planetary descent and cushioned landing.

History

Life pods carried aboard Tetan Corsairs were used by the Krath to deliver Krath War Droids to the surface of Deneba. Nomi Sunrider used an escape pod from the Nebulon Ranger to reach the surface of Empress Teta in an attempt to rescue Ulic Qel-Droma from the Krath.[1] The escape pods carried aboard ion mining ships in the Teedio system were small, simple spheres. When Vima Sunrider was piloting an ion mining ship, she became stuck in a magnetic loop, and was forced to eject in an escape pod. Tott Doneeta rescued her, using a grappling line to reel the pod into his ship.[2] On one famous occasion, Bastila Shan, an amnesiac Revan, Carth Onasi, and a few other Republic soldiers used these escape pods to escape the dying Endar Spire.[3]

An escape pod from a Consular-class space cruiser

The two escape pods carried aboard Consular-class space cruisers carried 8 passengers each and could only be activated from the inside. Luxury life pods used aboard the Aurorient Express carried many more luxury features such as entertainment, increased seating comfort and lower shock.[4] An escape pod was used by Aayla Secura to escape Havor's spacecraft before it was destroyed by a Kiffar Guardian vessel. The crew of the Guardian vessel logged in the escape pod and allowed it to land on Kiffex, since its passenger would have been sent there anyway for violating restricted space.[5]

The escape pods aboard Drama Korr's space yacht were equipped with four thrusters and a viewport. Anakin Skywalker tricked Durge into one of the pods and then sent both pod and occupant plunging into the star Karthakk.[6] Each Providence-class carrier/destroyer carried numerous escape pods. In 19 BBY, General Grievous prematurely released the pods of the disabled Invisible Hand in an attempt to doom Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Palpatine to death.[7]

An escape pod from a Venator-class Star Destroyer.

The Tantive IV carried eight six-being escape pods, all very simple in construction. Explosive separator charges ejected such pods away from the ship, and the escape pod's distress beacon was automatically activated upon launch, although the astromech droid R2-D2 deactivated the distress beacon on his escape pod just before touchdown on Tatooine in order to throw off Imperial pursuit.[8] Later same year, Janek Sunber used an escape pod to flee the Rebel One.[9]

When Luke Skywalker's starship crashed on Drexel II, he escaped the sinking ship in one of its four life pods. The pod ejected and floated to the surface, where it was attacked by ship-dwellers.[10] R2-D2 escaped The Wheel in 'one of the station's escape pods with the help of Master-Com.[11] The escape pods used aboard DP20 frigates were launched from the gunship's aft section. Luke Skywalker once used such a life pod to escape 13-K.[12]

Notable models

Durge dies in his escape pod.

Appearances

  • Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
  • Tales of the Jedi: Redemption
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  • Star Wars Knights of the Old Republic 31: Turnabout (Mentioned only)
  • Jedi Apprentice: The Dark Rival (Appears in flashback(s))
  • The Life and Legend of Obi-Wan Kenobi (Mentioned only)
  • The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader (Mentioned only)
  • Secrets of the Jedi
  • Aurra's Song
  • Star Wars Republic: Prelude to Rebellion
  • Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan: The Aurorient Express
  • Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan: Last Stand on Ord Mantell
  • Jedi Council: Acts of War
  • Cloak of Deception
  • Star Wars: Starfighter
  • Star Wars Republic: Infinity's End (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Republic: Darkness
  • Star Wars Republic: The Hunt for Aurra Sing
  • Star Wars Republic: The Stark Hyperspace War (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Jango Fett: Open Seasons (Appears in flashback(s))
  • Rogue Planet
  • Outbound Flight
  • Jedi Quest: The Moment of Truth
  • Star Wars: Jedi Starfighter
  •  "The Drop" - Clone Wars Adventures: Volume 6
  • The Cestus Deception
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Ambush"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Rising Malevolence"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Shadow of Malevolence"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Cloak of Darkness"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Storm Over Ryloth"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Children of the Force"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Grievous Intrigue"
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "The Deserter"
  • Star Wars Republic: Show of Force (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars: Obsession
  • Labyrinth of Evil
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  • Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith comic (First appearance)
  • Coruscant Nights I: Jedi Twilight
  • Star Wars: Droids - "The Pirates of Tarnoonga"
  • Star Wars Droids 4: Lost in Time
  • Star Wars Droids: Rebellion 3
  • Star Wars: Droids Special
  • The Hutt Gambit
  • Han Solo's Revenge
  • Star Wars Adventures Volume 1: Han Solo and the Hollow Moon of Khorya
  • Star Wars Science Adventures: Emergency in Escape Pod Four
  • Star Wars Science Adventures: Journey Across Planet X
  • Star Wars: Empire at War
  • Star Wars: Ewoks - "Battle for the Sunstar"
  • Star Wars Empire: Darklighter
  • Star Wars Journal: The Fight for Justice (Mentioned only)
  • Death Star (Mentioned only)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope novel (First appearance)
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope junior novel
  • Star Wars 1
  • R2-D2's Mission: A Little Hero's Journey
  • When the Desert Wind Turns: The Stormtrooper's Tale
  • Imperial Double-Cross
  • Star Wars Missions 8: Togorian Trap
  • Star Wars Missions 17: Darth Vader's Return
  • Star Wars Missions 14: The Monsters of Dweem
  • Rookies: No Turning Back
  • Star Wars 11: Star Search
  • Star Wars 12: Doomworld
  • Star Wars 23: Flight Into Fury
  • The Bounty Hunter of Ord Mantell
  • Star Wars Rebellion 5: My Brother, My Enemy, Part 5
  • Galaxy of Fear: The Doomsday Ship
  • Galaxy of Fear: The Hunger
  • "Combat Moon" - Star Wars Adventure Journal 9
  • Star Wars 45: Death Probe
  • Star Wars: X-wing Alliance
  • Of Possible Futures: The Tale of Zuckuss and 4-LOM
  • Star Wars: Rogue Squadron III: Rebel Strike
  • X-wing: Rogue Squadron
  • X-wing Rogue Squadron 25: The Making of Baron Fel
  • X-wing: Wraith Squadron
  • X-wing: Iron Fist
  • Hutt and Seek
  • Dark Empire
  • Boba Fett: Bounty on Bar-Kooda
  • Children of the Jedi
  • Star Wars: Jedi Knight II: Jedi Outcast
  • Revenants
  • Recovery
  • Edge of Victory II: Rebirth (Mentioned only)
  • Star by Star
  • Ylesia
  • Force Heretic II: Refugee
  • The Final Prophecy
  • Betrayal
  • Tempest
  • Revelation
  • Millennium Falcon
  • Star Wars Legacy 36: Renegade

Non-canon appearances

  • LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game
  • LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
  • LEGO Star Wars II: The Original Trilogy

Sources

DP20 frigate's life pod.

Notes and references

  1. Tales of the Jedi: Dark Lords of the Sith
  2. Tales of the Jedi: Redemption
  3. Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic
  4. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan: The Aurorient Express
  5. Star Wars Republic: Darkness
  6. Star Wars: Obsession
  7. Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
  8. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  9. Star Wars Rebellion 5: My Brother, My Enemy, Part 5
  10. Star Wars 11: Star Search
  11. Star Wars 23: Flight Into Fury
  12. Star Wars 45: Death Probe

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