Prior to the launch of the Jaegers, the Conn-Pods are detached and situated at the top of the Shatterdome nearest to the Drivesuit Room. During the launch of Jaeger, the Rangers board the detached head and are connected to the operating System. The Pod is then dropped down a shaft onto the body of the Jaeger, where it reconnects to the base of the body. Conn-Pods are traditionally mounted on the shoulders of the Jaeger, furthering their loosely humanoid appearance. This carries over with most Jaegers, such as Gipsy Danger, Crimson Typhoon or Striker Eureka.
However, there are exceptions: the Russian Jaeger, Cherno Alpha's Conn-Pod is located in the chest area, as the the space on the shoulders is taken up by the machine's massive power plant. Its Conn-Pod has no escape hatch or pods, the Russians operating on the belief of a win or lose scenario. Each Jaeger's Conn-Pod is built with escape pods in the event that its pilots need to escape the Jaeger during emergency.
Conn-Pods are typically outfitted with escape hatches that Pilots can enter or exit through once the cockpit is attached to the Jaeger; in other cases, escape hatches are located on the shoulder or elsewhere. Conn-Pods are the most vulnerable part of the Jaeger. As the Kaiju adapted to the nature of the Jaegers, they began to specifically target the Conn-Pods.
FunctionEditThe interior of a Conn-Pod often reflects the primary design aesthetic of the Jaeger and its pilots' armor. Digital HUD’s allow the pilots immediate layout of their environment. While physical control panels affixed to the top of the Conn-Pod and between the pilots allow them access to weapons and the basic functions of the Jaeger. Coolant, hull panels and weapons are a few examples of control panel-accessed functions. This is particularly exemplified in the Conn-Pod for Crimson Typhoon. Dr. Caitlin Lightcap is said to have modified the function and design of the Conn-Pod to accommodate a triple Neural Handshake and three-pilot control.
- The Conn-Pod attachment process was first shown with Gipsy Danger in the second Pacific Rim trailer released.
- Not all Conn-Pod are detachable. Nuclear powered Jaegers are more likely to have their Conn-Pods detachable as it is stored adjacent to the power core for long periods of time. The sensitive Pons control system can accumulate damage from (small but) prolonged radiation exposure. So the conn-pod is often kept separate until needed.