Hey, folks! A long time ago, I posted a Trek-inspired starship bridge design that I'd been working on - I got a great response
and a lot of helpful feedback. The project fell by the wayside shortly thereafter - but last week, after 10 months away from it, I got the inspiration to pick it up again. (I think it might have something to do with all seven seasons of TNG showing up on Netflix. :)
So here's my greatly-revised-and-expanded "Aurora" command module infographic! The resolution is very high, so I'm going to link rather than embed it:
Aurora Command Module, Draft V
Aurora Command Module, Draft V (with Intrepid-class Scale Overlay)
This is not a pure Star Trek design; elements are also inspired by the CIC of Battlestar Galactica
(2004) and the White House Situation Room, as depicted in The West Wing
. In short, it's not something you'd find on a 23rd- or 24th-century Federation starship. But fundamentally, Trek is its heritage, and I believe you'll find something of every USS Enterprise (not to mention Voyager, Defiant, and a place called Terok Nor) in its DNA.
To save you the trouble of reading the earlier thread, I'll summarize the concept:
- The captain is situated at the center of the bridge. All primary stations are oriented to face her - and, consequently, each other - so no one has to look over their shoulder to talk to someone.
- Instead of a viewscreen, the main display is a holographic image projected in the air above the conn area.
- Fore and aft stations are recessed, to give the captain a clear view of the screens. Each viewscreen can also be split up and converted into auxiliary consoles, allowing the bridge crew size to expand or contract as needed.
- Port and starboard stations are raised, to give the stations a better view of the hologram. All of the main entrances are located behind these stations, to shield the commanding officers from distractions.
- The ready room and briefing room share the bridge's transparent viewscreens, allowing the captain and other officers to keep an eye on the bridge at all times.
- And yes, I decided to be one of Those People who thinks about where the bathrooms are.
Questions and feedback are more than welcome. Otherwise, I just hope some of my fellow design geeks are entertained. :)