"Threepio and Artoo, this may look like a meteor, but it's actually your landing pod. Admiral Ackbar and his fellow Calamarians built this especially for your mission."
―Mon Mothma, to C-3PO and R2-D2[src]

The meteor pod was a unique escape pod variant that was created by Admiral Gial Ackbar and his Mon Calamari engineers in 5 ABY. That meteor-shaped craft was designed specifically so the droid partners C-3PO and R2-D2 could land on the Empire-affiliated planet of Kessel, where a grand meeting was about to take place. Upon completion of their mission, the droids would reboard the pod, which would then shed its meteor coating so it will look like a spherical probe droid similar to the ones used by the Empire.