Tour - Bridge

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Summary

Primary operational control for the ship is provided by the Main Bridge on Deck 1, which is located at the top of the primary hull. The Main Bridge directly supervises all primary mission operations (with the exception of the shuttlebay flight ops) and coordinates all departmental activities.

The Main Bridge is a highly restricted area; only personnel with security clearance of Level 4 or above (officers of Ensign rank or higher) and authorized bridge personnel are allowed on the bridge. All bridge officers have access to type-I and type-II phasers.

The Main Bridge is an exchangeable module, allowing for a wider variety in mission parameters.

Additional Information

Location Deck 1
Description The central area of the Main Bridge provides seating and information displays for the Captain and the Executive Officer (the XO sits on the Captain's right). The two Officer chairs are equipped with fully programmable consoles for a variety of uses.

Directly fore of the command area is the Flight Control section, which faces the main viewer. The FCO is equipped with a console that forms an almost 180-degree half circle, and has priority links to the navigational sensor and deflectors, as well as to the Warp/Impulse/Thruster propulsion systems. This console also has links to engineering controls and monitors (such as the SIF, IDF, hull integrity monitor, and structural stress monitors), as well as access to the tractor beam controls.

At the very front of the bridge chamber is a large viewscreen. This main viewer performs all the standard duties expected of it, including communication and magnified visual scans of nearby objects..

To the left of the command area (when facing the Captain's chair, from the main viewer, or on the Captain's right, when seated in the Big Chair) is an elevated platform on which is located the Tactical/Security control station. Comprised of two consoles, one built into the wall and one extending into the bridge, Tactical forms a 'U' shaped alcove.

Tactical console usage is extremely limited; only level 4 (or above) Tactical clearance personnel can use it, and the user must input special codes to even get access to the massive amounts of computer links that give tactical nearly limitless information from the ship's sensors and computers. For full access, the console's security subsystem can run a battery of scans on the user, including thermal, biological, retinal, and vocal tests. If all of these are passed, full access to the ship's offensive and defensive systems is made available.

Between the Tactical station and the Engineering station is a turbolift entrance and access to inter-deck ladders. Also located in this area is the access to the maintenance crawlspace within the bridge walls.

Against the left rear wall of the bridge is a large master systems display monitor (MSD), similar to the one in main engineering. All relative ship information (such as damage, power distribution, etc.) is displayed on the cutaway image of the ship. This monitor can be used to direct ship operations and can be configured for limited flight control if necessary.

In front of the MSD, extending into the bridge in a 'c' shape, is the Engineering Console. The Engineering I console has priority links to the WPS (Warp Propulsion System), the IPS (Impulse Propulsion System), the SIF (Structural Integrity Field), the IDF (Inertial Damper Fields), as well as to the tractor beam system, to the computers and to navigational controls. Although usually unattended, the Chief Engineer can bring this console to full Enable mode by entering voice codes and undergoing a retinal scan.

Directly right of the MSD (centered in the back of the bridge) are the Engineering II and Science II consoles. The Engineering II console is fully programmable to run any Secondary Console function, including Sciences, Medical, Operations, Limited Helm control, or Security. This console, as does every console on the bridge, also has the hand-input sub-console for use in setting the auto-destruct system. The auto-destruct sequence follows Standard Starfleet security procedures which can be accessed via any secured Memory Alpha ODN connection.

Science II is the ASO's (Assistant Science Officer's) console, which can be used by any personnel. Science II has access to all science, navigational, sensor, and communications systems. Science II can be configured to operate in tandem with Science I, although security links and all other non-science data is withheld from Science II. Science II usually works independently of Science I.

Science I is the primary science console and has priority links to the Main Computer, to all sensors and to all probes, as well as to Flight Control, Operations, and Tactical functions. It extends from the right rear wall into the bridge area, forming a reversed 'c', in a mirror image of the Eng I console. This station is always manned.

Between Science and Operations is the entrance to the Captain's Ready Room, located behind the rear wall of the Bridge. Also located in this area is the entrance to the bridge's head (restroom), a second turbolift, and access to inter-deck ladders.

To the right of the Captain's chair (on the Captain's left when seated in the chair) is the Operations manager's console. The Operations console is identical in size and design to the Tactical/Security. The Operations console, due to the tremendous amount of sensitive information found there, has security protocols as stringent as the TAC consoles. Built into the wall behind the Ship Operations Console is the Mission Operations Console, for use during Away team missions.