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.
Noted fanon usesEdit
- Dr. Maria Fernandes, with her children Remedios, Amaranta and Antonio, escaped the heavily damaged USS Auckland aboard escape pods. Shortly thereafter, the Auckland was destroyed. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "Salvation")
- USS Artemis survivors utilized the escape pods in 2364 when the ship was severely damaged and a warp core breach was in progress. (Star Trek: The Prospect Chronicles: "False Security")
- After the Borg severely damaged and boarded the USS Rebellious at the Battle of Wolf 359 in 2367, Elizabeth Singh, Regina Meyer and 9 other survivors escaped aboard escape pods before the ship exploded. (Star Trek: The Cantabrian Expeditions: "An Innocent Time", "Devil's Cube")
- In 2371, at least one escape pod was launched from the USS Olympia before it crashed onto the surface of an Class L planet. (DS9: "The Sound of Her Voice")