(and in much other corny SciFi
), a device
you jump into that gets you away from your ship
and to safety in a hurry.
The Elite version costs 1000 credits, and is launched by hitting `escape'. It then automatically navigates to the nearest planet; insurance is part of the pod price, so you get a ship identical to the one you lost (sans escape pod, of course). Enemy ships will sometimes launch escape pods just before blowing up; if you have fuel scoops you can pick them up -- they're a ton of slaves. Interestingly, enemy ships never pick up your pod.
aka escape module or (by the terminally silly) escape podule.