When a pilot's ship receives catastrophic hull damage (breaks apart) or becomes incapable of supporting life, the commander automatically escapes via an ever-present escape pod. In most circumstances, the escape pod transports the pilot back to the last station that they docked at. In the event that the pilot has committed a crime, acquired a bounty, and is then destroyed by security forces or ATR, they will instead be transported to the nearest Detention Centre.
The Remlok Suit provides environmental protection from extreme temperature variations and hazards such as hard vacuum in depressurization. During emergencies the Remlok Survival Mask appears instantly to protect the wearer's head.
When the player's ship explodes, the screen will show 'Ship Destroyed'. There is no simulation of the escape pod. The player can press 'continue' to view the insurance costs to rebuy the old ship loadout, or get a Sidewinder MkI for free. In either case, since update 3.0, the player respawns at whatever station is nearest to the location where they died.
When the player's SRV is destroyed, the player respawns onboard their ship.
Respawn is unnecessary when a ship-launched fighter controlled by the player is destroyed, since they are remotely-piloted vehicles ("telepresence control"). The player remains onboard their ship.
After respawn the player retains all credits, stored ships and modules, materials, and ranks. All cargo, unsold exporation data, and unclaimed bounty vouchers and combat bond vouchers are lost. All uncompleted missions are terminated.
The total number of respawns and the related insurance claims are displayed on the right-side Systems HUD (under Status > Statistics > Balance).
- Before Elite Dangerous: Beyond Chapter One (3.0), players respawned at the station where they last docked.