Ke-S3-X2900 escape pods are hexagonal in design, with a dome-shaped armored shield on top and engines on the bottom; they contain five seats, one on each wall, with a hatch to the outside on the sixth wall. The hatch is equipped with an air containment force-field. The pods are capable of sustaining life for 120 hours (five days), and over a century of cryogenic stasis if needed. Each pod has a homing device that must be manually activated. The pods will automatically put themselves into a safe descent if there is a habitable planet nearby (rather than burning up in the atmosphere). Unlike earlier escape pods, the Ke-S3-X2900 features a 730c (2 LY per day) drive system that will allow it to travel up to 10 light-years to attempt to reach a habitable world.
In YE 31, the Star Army began retrofitting a self-inflating raft system to the escape pods. The updated version, called the Ke-S3-X2900A, keeps the pod upright and floating on the surface in the event of a water landing on an Earth-like planet. In YE 32, toiletry kits were added to the standard inventory for this model of pod.
Each escape pod contains the following supplies:
The following starships are manufactured with the Ke-S3-X2900 escape pods: