Most ultralight starships are equipped with evacuation pods or fully enclosed, detachable cockpits that jettison the crew to safety in the event of a shipwide catastrophe. In fact, unless noted otherwise, every starship has sufficient evacuation pods or launches to accommodate its normal crew complement and passenger manifest.
A ship’s crew and passengers can evacuate any time before the ship is destroyed (see above). Table: Evacuation Times shows the time required for crews to evacuate, based on the ship’s type. While the crew is evacuating, the starship either flies on autopilot (if it has 1 hp or more remaining) or is stopped dead in space (if it has been disabled or is breaking apart).
Use the statistics for a launch (see below) to represent a typical evacuation pod.
|Table: Evacuation Times|
|Ship Type||Untrained Crew Evacuation Time||Trained Crew Evacuation Time1|
|Ultralight||1d3 rounds||Move action|
|Light||1d6 rounds||Full-round action|
|Mediumweight||2d6 rounds||1d4 rounds|
|Heavy||3d6 rounds||2d4 rounds|
|Superheavy||4d6 rounds||3d4 rounds|
|1 Includes expert and ace crews.|