An escape pod is a small pod used for escape in an emergency situation.
Federal law requires all ships in the Pangalactic Federation to carry more than enough pods to carry the maximum number of crew and passengers. Each pod is just large enough to hold one adult, and includes a small Gravitic warp engine in addition to the life support equipment. An average adult male humanoid could survive inside a pod for approximately one week. Pods are also capable of entering a planet's atmosphere, and when a swift rescue seems hopeless, the pod will automatically search for and land on the nearest planet that can sustain life.