The Delta Flyer's relatively small size - just 16.45 meters - precludes the incorporation of a single, large
escape pod capable of containing the entire crew complement, as it would greatly reduce the amount of space
within the ship's interior. To get around this problem a number of discrete single-occupant units measuring
2.3 meters in length were designed and built into the rear of the Delta Flyer's infrastructure. The escape pods
are individually named and numbered, and because of the Flyer's compact design, personnel from the bow can
enter the pods and ready them for launch in a matter of seconds - extremely important in cases of a catastrophic
hull breach or warp core containment failure. The launch and deployment of the escape pods is both simple and
rapid, and can be controlled from the ops and tactical station within the Delta Flyer's cockpit. Once an
occupant has entered the pod, its readiness for launch is indicated, and the unit can be ejected from the ship
with the press of a single button; successful release is indicated by a low rumble from the rear of the ship.
Once launched, the pod can be programmed to follow a flight path that takes it away from potential hazards, and
can even be piloted manually if required. The pod has the ability to make planetary landings and is therefore
designed for atmospheric entry, with its external shape aerodynamically styled to maximize the chances of
survival during an orbital entry.
Each escape pod contains a small window on the port and starboard sides, with the main sensor array located
directly above the head of the occupant. At the rear of the top section is a central locator strobe, and two
small reaction control thrusters (RCS). Located behind the entry lid is a small phaser array that provides the
solitary occupant with a means of defending the pod; behind this there is a secondary sensor array. The lower
section of the escape pod features additional RCS thruster units in order to provide maximum maneuverability,
along with a small impulse engine located on the underside. The pod's interior is designed for its occupant to
lie flat on a support bench, offering as much comfort as possible within its cramped confines. Interior
construction features include a series of gray bulkheads, formed by a metallic framework. A series of touch
sensitive controls are located above chest height on the sloped bulkhead panels to both sides of the occupant,
with a small master control panel mounted slightly closer to the user. Manipulation of these controls can alter
the attitude and speed of the pod, as the panel's display graphical represenatation of the unit in relation to
other spatial bodies. The pod also has the ability to open audio subspace communications with other vessels.
The escape pod can be beamed directly back into its housing in the rear of the Delta Flyer if an emergency
situation is found to be a false alarm.