Starfleet Command is the operating authority for the interstellar scientific, exploratory, diplomatic, and defensive agency of the United Federation of Planets. The primary control hub is Starfleet Headquarters, located in San Francisco on Earth, and other command facilities are located in Starbases throughout Federation space.
* Starfleet Headquarters (Starbase 1)
Starfleet Headquarters is the Command Information Center through which all Starfleet Operations are directed via subspace communications. This Command room is the home of the Galactic Condition Database, it contains a major computer display system that shows the locations of all Starfleet facilities, and tracks the movements of all Federation starships in the known galaxy.
Starbases are Starfleet support facilities located throughout Federation space. Some starbases are on planetary surfaces; others are huge space stations with ship repair docks. These bases help direct & support starships, and the exploration of space. They are also well defended against hostile fleet attack.
* Space Dock
Massive station orbiting planet Earth equipped with docking bays large enough to contain starships. The Space Dock provides service facilities for Starfleet vessels.
* Deep Space Stations
Various space stations placed near or on the outer edge of Federation space for special purpose long-term projects. Far from other Starfleet facilities, these stations can offer some limited support to Federation starships.
* Science Stations
Scientific laboratory facilities placed in space for the benefits of an isolated, vacuous, gravity free environment.
* Automated subspace radio relay platforms
High-powered subspace relay / booster transceivers that automatically receive existing subspace communications, and retransmit these communications to the network, maintaining subspace signal strength and FTL speed. Starships carry temporary subspace relay boosters that can be placed as new areas of the galaxy are explored outside communications range.
* Galactic Condition Database
During subspace communications, starship logs are uploaded to the communications network along with volumes of collected information, including vehicle hardware and crew performance, sensor scans, strategic and tactical analyses, experiment results, political and diplomatic situations, and many other areas. All of this tremendous data is compiled into the Galactic Condition Database at Starfleet Headquarters for processing. Then, downloaded, as soon as possible, back to the communications network, along with Starfleet clock synchronization values, flight advisories, mission orders, and other information, for the updating of all fleet computers.
Starships are vessels that travel between the stars. Federation starships are designed for interstellar scientific, exploratory, diplomatic, and defensive missions.
Bridge Console Stations
The bridge is the command center from which the Commanding Officer (CO) controls all starship operations, and gathers mission sensitive information by utilizing the bridge officers who man the Bridge Console Stations.
The main bridge Command stations provide seating and information display terminals for the Commanding Officer (CO), Executive Officer (XO), and the Ship's Counselor (SC). These terminals are miniaturized, but can be utilized to access status information and override most any operation of the starship.
The Helm Control (HC) console is dedicated for the actual piloting and navigation of the starship. This console enables the Helm Control Officer to:
references & course plotting
>Supervise automatic flight operations
>Conduct manual flight operations
>Verify ship's position
>Monitor propulsion systems
The Operations console is dedicated to controlling all of the starship's sensor and computer equipment. This console ultimately ties in all shipboard systems, enabling the Operations Officer (OPS) to coordinate mission pertinent scientific data that could not have been accessed by the other bridge consoles. Through this console, the Operations Officer is capable of:
>Detecting anomalous space/time phenomena & unknowns
>Categorizing space/time phenomena & unknowns
>Charting new areas of space
>Reconfiguring ship's sensors
>Monitoring computer functions
>Remote operation of many ship's systems
The Tactical console is dedicated to the defensive systems control and internal security of a starship. This console enables the Tactical Officer (TAC) to:
>Conducts long &
short range tactical scans
>Sound ship's alert condition
>Raise & lower deflector/shields
>Arm all weapons
>Lock on to targets
>Enter auto flight path & guidance data for torpedoes & probes
>Fire all weapons & probes
>Remote manual operation & piloting of torpedoes & probes
>Operate tractor beams
>Establish hailing frequencies
>Monitor all incoming & outgoing communications
>Conduct internal security scans
>Monitor ship's damage & casualty reports
>Set internal security measures
>Direct all security teams
The Engineering console monitors the overall "health" of the starship, and remotely controls ship's propulsion and power functions. This enables the Chief Engineering Officer (CEO) to:
>Monitor & control
warp drive functions
>Monitor & control impulse drive functions
>Monitor & control thruster functions
>Monitor & control power reactors
>Monitor power distribution functions
>Reroute & regulate power distribution
Aft Monitor Panels
The aft monitor panels of the main bridge are often unattended, but are available for use if required. They are the following:
* Environmental Systems
This station monitors & controls the life support systems of the starship.
Monitoring is freely accessible, control requires the correct security code, and enables the authorized operator to:
>Monitor and control
ship's atmosphere mix
>Monitor and control ship's temperature
>Monitor and control ship's gravity
>Monitor and control ship's inertial damping
>Monitor and control ship's shielding subsystems
* Mission OPS
This station provides additional support to the Operations Officer, if required, by monitoring activity relating to secondary missions. This enables the operator to:
>Monitor away team missions
>Monitor shuttlecraft missions
>Remote operate ship's transporters & shuttlebay
* Science I & II
These stations provide additional bridge support to the ship's Science Officers (SO) for research, if required, and coordinates closely with the Operations Officer. This enables the Science Officer to:
>Operate scientific probes
>Coordinate bridge operations with laboratories
Main Engineering Console Stations
These consoles are located in the Engineering space of a starship, functionally arranged around the warp core, and are used for monitoring, controlling, and repairing propulsion & power distribution systems.
* Master Systems Display
This large tabletop display panel permits Engineering Officers to gain an overall understanding of the "health" of the starship. This display incorporates two small workstations that permit individual engineers to perform specific tasks, leaving larger displays for the remaining staff. This console can be configured for limited flight control functions in emergency situations.
* Warp Propulsion Systems Status Display
This bulkhead display incorporates a schematic of the warp propulsion system and shows performance of all key system elements.
* Impulse Propulsion Systems Status Display
This bulkhead display incorporates a schematic of the impulse propulsion system and shows performance of all key system elements.
* Master Situation Monitor
This large bulkhead display features a cutaway diagram of the starship, showing the location of key systems and hardware, highlighting and elements that are currently experiencing any condition out of normal. This display also incorporates two sets of user controls to permit troubleshooting.
* Duty Engineer's Console
This console incorporates miniaturized versions of the master systems displays & diagrams, and is the post of the duty engineer.
* Computer - Starship main computers are tremendously powerful and very easy to use. In most cases, you can just verbally ask it a question from anywhere aboard the ship, and it will either give you an answer in it's spoken computer voice, or it will help you to clarify your question so that it can find the answer. Terminal interfacing is also available virtually anywhere in the starship.
The actual computer hardware is a network of computers, sub-processors, and panels that are integrated into every device and system of the starship. This forms the starship's "nervous system" which is centralized around the main and backup computer memory/processing cores located deep below decks.
The heart of the main computer system is a set of redundant main memory/processing cores. Each of these cores is able to handle the operational computing load of the entire ship, and incorporates a series of miniature subspace generators, which creates a symmetrical (non-propulsive) field distortion of 3350 milicochranes within the Faster-Than-Light (FTL) core elements. This permits the transmission and processing of optical data within the core at rates significantly exceeding light-speed.
** Isolinear Optical Chips - Appear as small rectangles of colored plastic that store and process software on a semi-independent level in conjunction with the main computer. These nanotech devices represent a number of significant advances over the crystal memory cards used in earlier systems. Its circuitry is made of super-conductive platinum/iridium, which enables FTL optical data transmission when energized by the core's subspace flux. Isolinear chips are coated with a rugged tripolymer sealant, which allows the chip to be used for handheld transfer from device to device, such as various computers, tricorders, and PADDs.
** Bio-Neural Gel-Packs - An advanced type of computer circuitry which utilizes synthetic neural tissue to organize and process data more efficiently than standard isolinear ships. These Gel-Packs are very durable components of the ship's computer and capable of making the "best guess" in situations where there is no time to process every possible solution to an urgent problem.
A Federation starship's purpose is normally for the advancement of knowledge, and thus, ship's are equipped with many labs to gain such knowledge.
* General Labs
These labs can be configured for the needs of the scientist.
* Stellar Spectroscopy Lab
This lab is dedicated to the study of individual stars.
* Astrological Observatory
This lab is an interactive computer simulation of the galaxy.
* Botany Lab
This lab is for the study of plant life.
Starships are equipped with sickbays for the maintenance of the crew, and humanitarian aid. These systems assist the ship's doctors in diagnosing and healing the sick & wounded.
* Overhead Sensor Cluster - overhead mounted cluster of diagnostic and biofunction sensors that monitor everyone in the entire sickbay. This array also incorporates a low level force field generator that can be used to reduce the chance of potentially harmful microorganisms from entering or leaving the biobed area but has a limited effectiveness.
* Biobed Sensor & Support Unit - orthopedically designed hospital bed that incorporates a basic array of biofunction sensors that can be tied into a variety of remote medical instruments, including the medical tricorder. Also incorporated are a number of medical gas and fluid connect points for various devices, including the surgical support frame.
* Surgical Support Frame (SSF) - an accessory device for attachment to the Biobed, utilized during surgery for maintaining a sterile environment for most procedures. Also, incorporates several vital diagnostic and life support tools. These include a battery of biofunction sensors, supplementing those provided by the Biobed and Overhead Sensor Cluster. The SSF is capable of automated administration of intravenous medication as well as cardiovascular support and emergency defibrillation. A variety of Surgical Support Frame types are available for different procedures, as well as for different lifeform types.
(The above is based on the
Star Trek: TNG Technical Manual, Star Trek: Voyager
Technical Manual, and Star Trek Encyclopedia, by Mike
Okuda, Denise Okuda, and Rick Sternback. It has been
modified for Star Trek Sims purposes.