Essentially, we would thus be seeing the thing you find under the title "Space Pod" about halfway down this page:
...Only with a bigger viewing dome, as this baby would be modified with emphasis on sensing rather than manipulation.
Finney could cram himself inside for the priming ops, but the likeliest scenario at premature jettison would be that he'd be sucked out with the suit/pod, but without the benefit of being inside...
The cavity as depicted in TOS-R doesn't seem very deep but it is possible for such a ion sensor pod to work.
Although they should've made that more obvious with the repair crew flying the replacement part there since the replacement piece looks only like the transparent bubble dome and the ring
. There does not appear to be anything attached to it.
Well, let's see regardless of whether the pod was meant to be launched during routine ops or jettisoned in an emergency the ways Finney could've died since they were not mentioned are:
- Finney is in the pod when it is jettisoned, carrying the pod danger away from the ship.
- Finney is half-way out of the pod when it is jettisoned and exposed to space. The design of the interface to the ship doesn't have a pressure door that cuts him in half.
- Finney is half-way out of the pod when it is jettisoned and exposed to space. The design of the interface to the ship has a pressure door that cuts him in half.
- Finney is out of the pod but the interface doesn't have a pressure door and he is sucked out into space.
Or he survives:
- Finney is out of the pod but the interface does have a pressure door and he suffers mild depressurization symptoms.
- Finney is out of the pod but the interface does have a pressure door and he is wearing a space suit and is okay.
- Finney is sucked out but he's wearing a space suit and survives.