Challenger SFMC Tactical Information Center

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This is the nerve center for Flight Operations, conducting combat operations utilizing the Akira's Spacefighter Wing, and sifting through the numerous sensor plots and intelligence gathered by the starfighters. A large room, the TIC is twice as large as the Ship's bridge, and is fully manned through all duty shifts. The TIC is typically commanded by the Second Officer.

TIC General Overview: Primary Flight Operational Control of the Akira Class is provided by the TIC, located on decks A and B of the aft sail area. The TIC directly supervises all primary and secondary Flight Operations and coordinates all Flight, Search and Rescue, and Fighter-based activities.

The TIC is a highly restricted area; only Beta-One security clearance personnel and authorized TIC personnel are allowed on the bridge.

Layout: The new TIC configuration is unique to the Akira class, and closely resembles a Starbase Bridge/Operations Center. The central area of the TIC provides a large holographic display, viewable from the entire TIC. Attached to the holoprojector are the TIC Supervisor, and his two executive officer's consoles. Identical in size and design to the bridge Mission Operations console, these consoles are the heart of the TIC. All information pertaining Flight Operations, Maintenance Schedules, Intelligence Gathering, and whatever operations the TIC is currently engaged with, can be accessed by these consoles.

Directly fore of the holoviewer are the Flight Ops Officers. The 8 FO Officers are equipped with a console that proceeds across the entire Foredeck, each with access to visuals of Flight Decks, Fightercraft, Shuttlecraft, along with Helm and Science information from the bridge. The FO's are in charge of maintaining full flight operation efficiency.

Aft and to the left of the command area is an elevated platform on which is located the tactical/security control station (comprised of two consoles, one for tactical, and one for security, located directly behind tactical and along the back of the TIC area). Each console is manned by 2 officers, and their role is to keep the TIC CO appraised of missions objectives in combat operations, should the Akira enter combat, along with the status of Flight Operations in the Combat Zone.

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

In front of the TIC master systems display monitor is a large engineering console. This has a smaller cutaway diagram of the Akira Class, which displays all engineering-relevant data and shows warp fields and engine output. This console also has priority links to the computers, the WPS (Warp Propulsion System), the IPS (Impulse Propulsion System), navigation, SIF, and IDF, and is a backup console for the Main Engineer to access Engineering subroutines and protocols away from Main Engineering. Although usually unattended, the Chief Engineer can bring this console to full Enable mode by entering voice codes and undergoing a retinal scan. In its typical configuration, the TIC Engineers Mate maintains work schedules and verifies repair, maintenance and refit programs for the various starfighters and shuttlecraft aboard the Akira Class vessel.

Against the port side walls of the main bridge are the consoles for Science and others that are programmable for a multitude of functions. There are two fully programable multi-mission consoles. These consoles have access to all science, navigational, sensor, and communications systems. These consoles are typically configured for Intelligence Gathering and collating data retrieved by Shuttlecraft or Fightercraft.

There is also an emergency ladder that connects the TIC to Lower Engineering. There is also one door, on the aft platform of the bridge, that leads to the TIC Space Wing Briefing Room, which is directly aft of the TIC.