In 2078, the Moneta Engineering Consortium of Earth, with the benefit of the then readily available Flexani medical expertise, developed the first commercial Stasis Pod for crew hibernation and over the next 17 years, perfected the design and functionality of the unit for use on commercial starships.
By 2095, the latest bio-pod model was used extensively by most of the main starship operators for deep space incursions. Special Military versions manufactured under contract and strictly controlled, were used for long range vessels patrolling the border with Flexani space and could be adapted if required for Flexani anatomy.
The MEC S70-B Stasis Pod model was typically used for healthy participants in deep space travel and was the standard model of choice in most starships, whereas the MEC S70-Hx Stasis Pod model, with advanced medical monitoring equipment and attendant MEC trained doctor, was used to preserve the life of critically-injured or terminally-ill patients, until such time that their conditions could be stabilized in a fully-equipped medical facility.
Both models of the Stasis Pod units suspend all cellular activity and disease processes, keeping the patient from succumbing to their illness or injury for an indefinite period. In 2092, a law was passed to ensure that Stasis units became standard equipment on human deep space starship vessels, but was considered optional for short range ships within the Asteroid Belt and near Sol activities.
The MEC S70-B Stasis Pod typically consumes 0.9 MW of power and is equipped with a fuel cell that provides up to 56 hours of backup power before terminal life support failure. The S70-Hx however, with its advanced features does have greater power consumption and is hence only fitted to advanced Carrier vessels with the permanent medical staff to support its use and maintenance. Backup power on the S70-Hx is rated to 170 hours before terminal failure of the life support systems.