The ACU Control Center/Escape Pod is a researchable upgrade for the ACU, available to all factions.
When the ACU gets into a difficult situation and faces destruction, it is possible to detach the top portion of the ACU from the rest of the unit, and escape. The torso of the ACU is destroyed without explosion, when the top portion is detached, even when the ACU Core Dump ability has not been researched. However, the ACU Escape Pod itself will go nuclear when destroyed unless Core Dump is researched.
The Escape Pod is unarmed, can fly faster than gunships but slower than fighters & fighter/bombers, and it's only purpose is to rebuild body of the ACU at the cost of 1500 Mass and 7500 Energy. It takes approx. 3 minutes to time to rebuild your ACU. The escape pod is classified as an air unit, so anti-air units will attack it. It is also worth noting that ALL air units can fire at the Escape Pod, including gunships, the AC1000 and the Soul Ripper II. Meaning this method of escape is only effective when fleeing from ground based units.
as a last ditch attempt to harm your enemy (and you havn't researched core dump) you can send this into the enemy base or army as a nuclear attack, ignoring nuclear defenses, but its really only helpful in a supremacy or 2+v2+ battle when you are being overrun.