Not much headway in the past few days. Been playing around with all options for a core ejection and I'm right back to ejection off the spine. Just don't see any other way to do it. So the spine supports are going to have to be beefed up.
So this is the core in place now. The linkages between the modules still need to be modified; but, the base
ejection mechanism is now in place. The modules will travel perpendicularly to their posture and then be swung
up at 46+ degrees vertical for the final push. This will leave all the modules with a clear shot upward save for the
uppermost module. That said, the attitude they are left in allows for a mechanical "push" out the back and a timed
charge to propel them vertically. It seems workable; so, that's where I am.