In Voyager's Year of Hell, Part I, Chakotay suggests abandoning a very damaged Voyager and, using shuttles and escape pods, rendezvousing on the other side of Krenim space.

Voyager escape pod

Assuming Krenim space is about 15,000 light years across (5,000 parsecs as per Memory Alpha), it would take many thousands of years to travel that far at less-than-light speeds.

So, do escape pods possess warp engines or other means of traveling FTL?


Yes, escape pods are capable of warp. This was established in the Next Generation episode Angel One (Memory Alpha).

From Memory Alpha:

Escape pods, also known as rescue pods, of the Odin were capable of traveling at warp 1 for extended periods. It took them 5 months and 14 days to reach the nearest inhabited planet Angel I in 2357. (TNG: "Angel One")

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    Though if you really need to get someone somewhere fast, a Class 8 Probe is capable of warp 9, though it's probably a lot less comfortable. – Lèse majesté Nov 23 '11 at 12:30
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    It was also detailed in the Tech Manual for the Galaxy class starships. – Brian Knoblauch Nov 23 '11 at 13:39

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