Mercury Main Bridge

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The Main Bridge is the primary operational control center of the Oracle class, located in a recessed area just under the topmost area of the saucer section. The Main Bridge directly supervises all primary mission operations and coordinates all departmental activities. It is not an ejectable module.

With long range missions and extended tours of service in mind, the bridge of the Oracle class has been designed with both comfort and functionality in mind. As the ship’s primary focus is scientific, all necessary stations have been arranged so that they have line-of-sight to the viewscreen, and the bridge itself is built on three tiers to allow an unobstructed view of the entire display.

Lower Tier

On the lower tier, in the forward centre of the bridge, an extra station has been included alongside the traditionally placed helm and operations consoles. This extra station, located on the port side of the trio, is Science 1, which has been moved into a much more prominent location on the bridge to allow the Chief Science Officer to study stellar phenomena and anomalies from a much closer distance and to become more involved in their work while remaining in the ship’s command centre.

The Helm is the central station of the three, while the Operations station is located on the starboard side.

Intermediate Tier

An intermediary tier between the lower and upper sections, directly in the centre of the bridge, houses three command chairs. The central is for the Commanding Officer, with small arm-mounted consoles designed to provide an overview of the ship’s status. The port side chair is for the First Officer, while the starboard side chair is for the ship’s Counsellor. The first officer and counsellor’s seats are designed to pivot easily to face the larger consoles that are mounted into the rail that frames the command section on its sides and rear; full consoles are incorporated as a part of this rail so that they can both have ease of access to the LCARS system.

Upper Tier

MSD of USS Mercury

The upper section of the bridge is home to stations on its port and starboard sides, each facing the viewscreen. The port station is the Science 2 console, and the starboard can be customised to handle Medical and Environmental Control or function as Science 3 as dictated by the requirements of the current mission.

The Tactical station is built into the command rail, directly behind the CO's chair, although due to its elevated position, this station has a seat, in contrast to the requirement to stand on a Galaxy class vessel.

The rear section of the bridge houses the stations that require access to the viewscreen less often. The Mission Operations console, which includes the master systems display (MSD), is in the central section, with Security located at its port side and Engineering at its starboard side.

Access to the Bridge

Doors on the port side of the bridge lead to the turbolift (fore) and the Observation Lounge (aft), while the doors on the starboard side lead to the ready room (aft) and a second turbolift access point (fore).

USS Mercury Deck Tour
Operations Flight Operations Center · Main Bridge · Observation Lounge
Medical/Science Main Sickbay · Chief Medical Officer's Office · Science Labs · Counsellor's Office · Chief Science Officer's Office
Engineering Main Engineering · Chief Engineer's Office · Transporter Rooms
Security/Tactical Phaser Range · Security Office · Tactical Office
Recreation Gym · Crew Lounge · Holodecks
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