|Honest, it's not bad...|
Far and away, our most popular posts were the Crew as Mission Control series. I was thinking about this in the car this morning, and it hit me: Could the classic Bridge designs from the Star Trek universe be considered a good model for a Mission Control center? After all, the designer of the Bridge of the NX-01 in Enterprise, Herman Zimmerman ,actually consults with DOD designers in the design of real-life Command Centers. So there must be some logical sense to the design. The more I thought about it, the more the idea seemed to take hold.
The command staff would sit in the center of the FCR, with the various departments arrayed around them, allowing them to view all the action as it happens. The main viewer in the front of the Bridge, of course, is a fictional analog of the main display in every mission control ever built.
|A Klingon Tactical Display.|
The only two things that I would change (besides the ridiculous location of the Bridge) is first, that the outer rings of work stations would face inward, allowing one to work and see the main screen at the same time. A series of repeater displays above and behind the work stations would allow the command staff in the center to see data and make eye-contact with their staff without disrupting the work flow.
The second thing I would change is that the bridge crew (including extras) that you see in a typical Star Trek episode would be the only crew on the spacecraft. Anybody else that the ship needs would be robotic.
Anyway, tomorrow, I'll continue to discuss our new supplement lines and spacecraft, so I'll see you then.