In case of emergency, the Ember Rayne carries 30 type II Escape Pods. Rated for 5 people, these pods can in a pinch carry as many as eight, allowing the entire compliment plus many more (passengers?) to be evacuated.
The escape pod is shown here from below, allowing you to see the landing pads along with other details of the construction.
These two images show the back of the escape pod. Here you can see the escape thrusters, docking mechanisms, and entry hatch. In the second picture, with the hatch open, you can see a cabinet with survival supplies and a tool rack with hatchet and communicator. The other side of the pod has another cabinet and rack – that side with multi-scan binoculars and a light laser pistol.
The front of the pod has a heavy heat shield to help survive reentry. The shield conceals a larger secondary hatch for use once the pod has landed. Inside you can see the benches, a supply cabinet, and the environmental controls. On the other side of the interior are rudimentary navigational controls – normally the pod's guidance computer selects the nearest safe destination automatically, but navigation can be handled manually if needed.
The top opens only for me to be able to put figures inside, but from this angle you can see more of the benches and the narrow walkway between them heading back to the entry hatch and tool racks.
From the side you can see the windows arranged around the benches and the smoother top surface. Those red flaps at the back cover the main drive systems.
If the selected destination for the pod is very far, small FTL engines can be deployed.
In this picture, the type II escape pod is shown next to a manikin and a type I escape pod. The type II is far larger than the type I, and represents a quantum leap ahead in survivability and technology. The type 1 has barely enough standing room for 4 people, no real propulsion systems, and no supplies – the type II is more expensive, but what is cost next to the lives of the crew?
The Escape Pod is designed to dock to a standard moonbase hatch. This allows any ship or base using that hatch type to make use of and to rescue these pods. Shown here is the segment of hull with the hatch used on the Ember Rayne for the escape pods. The first image is the hull from the outside, showing the moonbase style docking ring. The second two pictures are from the inside, showing the inner hatch closed and open. The red warning lights show from both inside and out – when the hatch opens, the blue lights illuminate to show it is safe to enter. The pins and tabs at the bottom of the hull on the inside shots slide into interior floor sections.
Here is the escape pod docked with the moonbase hatch hull segment. On the side of the hull segment you can see the technic holes used to connect this section to the rest of the hull.
I have added the LDD file above. I have also altered the colors on a few parts on the Escape Pod in order to sync it with the recent LDD update - mostly the thrusters in the back are now dark grey instead of black.
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