after fixing the solar panel alignment, that chair basically rockets isaac back down to the civil sector of the sprawl. even without all that debris, that's insane. was something broken or missing, or was this thing functioning properly? seems dangerous to rocket a person towards a city in zero-g. it looked like there was a lit landing pad, but it turned out to be a duct or some sort.
i'm all kinds of bothered by this for some reason.
Yeah, there was something about a malfunction. Plus, Isaac was in a hurry and there might have been a few stages to the ejection process designed to slow the chair/rider down that he outright ignored in the name of speed.
Quite how he expected to survive is another matter, but as the man himself says "Stick around, I'm full of bad ideas"
Before you go to the solar array Ellie tells you that it's basically old tech and has been mothballed for years. I'm going to assume that the escape mechanism is also old tech and has since been upgraded as we've seen on the Ishimura.