I was just reading about the Jaeger's conn-pods and my question is. since Cherno Alpha's conn-pod is located in t's chest, how do the pilots enter? they can't drop the pod like with gypsy danger because then they would have to remove the giant power cell on top every time they wanted to activate it.
Well since the conn-pod is so small compared to the other jaegers *cough*gipsy,striker,crimson*cough* maybe the pilots walk through the abdomen into the conn-pod then it goes into the chest and finally the abdomen closes up.
I always imagined an over-the-top Jerry Anderson style sequence by which the entire front chestplate is detached, along with the conn-pod's outer frame, the conn-pod is slotted into the outer frame, the Kaidanovskys stroll down and extending walkway and into the conn-pod, the walkway retracts, and the chest-plate is re-attached with conn-pod and pilots safe inside.
Yes it would be better; from an engineering standpoint; to have the pilot access in the back. Most of the fighting is done in the front, so you have to be able to reinforce the front with lots of struts, and that means no access panel in the front.