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The helm is the most basic station of the ship. It controls the movement and attitude of the spacecraft. Controls for interior and exterior lighting and door locks are also found on the helm. A Spaceship can be flown using only the helm control station. The helm can be controlled with a combination of keys and pressing buttons on the console in the game.

ConsoleEdit

Helm console labelled

The helm console

The controls can be activated by clicking on the buttons on the console or by pressing the corresponding key on the keyboard.

AltimeterEdit

The altimeter shows altitude above sea level in meters when the spacecraft is near a planet; altitude above the plane of the ecliptic is displayed when the spacecraft is not near a planet. The plane of the ecliptic is the plane in which the planets and moons of a solar system orbit the primary star. The altimeter needles are read somewhat like an analog clock, where the longest needle is hundreds of meters, the next shortest needle is thousands of meters, the next shortest needle is tenthousands of meters, and so on. The image above is reading almost100  meters above sea level. The altitude needles are blue when the spacecraft is under water. When the spacecraft is not near a planet, the needles will be blue when below the plane of the ecliptic. This information is also shown numerically on the HUD.

Attitude indicatorEdit

The attitude indicator shows information about the orientation of the spacecraft. When the dial is bright blue over bright amber, the dial is indicating orientation with respect to a planet. When the dial is dark blue over dark red, orientation with respect to the plane of the ecliptic is displayed. The white indicator in the center represents the spacecraft as if it were viewed from behind, wings outstretched like an airplane. The blue on the indicator represents the sky and the amber represents the ground. The black line separating the two is the horizon. Tipping the spacecraft left or right is called roll. Pulling the nose up or down is called pitch. The dial in the example shows the spacecraft is level.

CompassEdit

The compass shows the direction of movement of the spacecraft. The dial is graduated in 10 degree increments; there are 360 degrees around the dial. The long bright line from center to edge points north. When the long line is pointing straight up the dial, the spacecraft is heading north. In the example, the spacecraft is heading southwest at about 215 degrees. This information is also shown numerically on the HUD.

Kill buttonEdit

The kill button is a large red button at the top left. Press the kill button to set the throttle to neutral.

ThrottleEdit

The throttle appears as a vertical line of blue dots next to the kill button. The throttle can be adjusted forward or backward to direct engine thrust appropriately.

VelocityEdit

The speed of the spacecraft is shown on a graph of green horizontal bars. The lower graph is graduated in tens of meters per second. The upper graph is graduated at each 10000 meters per second.

FuelEdit

The hydrogen fuel level is shown at the top center as a bright blue bar. The color of the bar changes to yellow or red at low fuel levels.

CapacitorEdit

The electricity level in the capacitor is shown as a horizontal bar below the fuel level indicator. The bar is colored bright green when the capacitor is charging. The bar is colored red when the capacitor is discharging. The bar is colored amber when the capacitor is neither charging nor discharging.

Wormhole driveEdit

A spacecraft equipped with a wormhole drive shows a purple bar under the capacitor level bar. The purple bar shows the amount of capacitor power consumed when the wormhole drive is activated.

Exterior lightsEdit

Pc LightOn On

Pc LightOff Off

Interior lightsEdit

Pc IntLightOn On

Interior of the ship is bright and windows are transparent from the outside

Pc IntLightRed Dim

Interior of the ship is dim red and the windows are opaque from the outside

Pc IntLightOff Off

Interior of the ship is dark and windows are opaque from the outside

Crew doorsEdit

Pc CrewDoorsLocked locked

Crew doors and hatches can only be operated by crew members. Door locks disengage when life support is not working.

Pc CrewDoorsUnlocked unlocked

Crew doors and hatches can be operated by anyone.

Hull doorsEdit

Pc HullDoorsLocked Locked

Hull doors can be operated by anyone from the inside, but only by crew members from the outside. Door locks disengage when life support is not active.

Pc HullDoorsUnlocked Unlocked

Hull doors can be operated by anyone from the inside, but are locked to enemy units from the outside. Door locks disengage when life support is not active.

Power plantEdit

Pc PowerPlantOn On

Fuel is converted to electricity as needed to maintain a charge in the capacitor

Pc PowerPlantOff Off

Fuel is not consumed and the capacitor will empty if there is any power drain

Gravity driveEdit

Pc ManeuverOn On

Gravity drive provides propulsion for the ship. Interior gravity is artificially maintained by the drive.

Pc ManeuverPark Hold

Gravity drive does not provide propulsion. Interior gravity is artificially maintained by the drive. It uses a fraction of the energy as in the on state.

Pc ManeuverOff Off

Gravity drive does not provide propulsion. Interior gravity is not maintained. It uses no power.

HUDEdit

Helm

The HUD of the helm

A Heads Up Display (HUD) is shown when at the helm and the capacitor has power. The HUD shows essential information to minimize the need to look down at the console.

Pitch and roll information are indicated by the ladder at the center of the HUD. In the example above, the spacecraft is rolled slightly to the left with respect to the planet and the nose is pitched up slightly.

Current speed in meters per second is shown at the left side of the HUD. When moving laterally, a lateral speed will be displayed below the speed value. Lateral speed always shows a sign, negative when moving left and positive when moving right. The example shows a speed of 133 meters per second and no lateral movement.

Altitude in meters is shown at the right side of the HUD. When moving vertically, a vertical speed will be displayed below the altimeter value. Vertical speed always shows a sign, negative when moving down and positive when moving up. The example shows an altitude of 454 meters and no vertical movement.

A heading tape appears horizontally at the bottom of the HUD. The example shows a heading of northwest at about 90 degrees.

The longitude and latitude position of the spacecraft is displayed below the heading tape. The examples shows a location of 146 degrees east longitude by 3 degrees south latitude.

The throttle setting is shown as a graph below the altimeter at the bottom right of the HUD.

Default Keboard ControlsEdit

P: Power on/off toggle

G: Gravity drive on/off toggle

H: Gravity drive full/hold toggle

Page up: Forward throttle

Page down: Reverse throttle

Spacebar: Forward/reverse brake

Delete: Zero throttle

Q: Lateral Brake (useful for hovering around a planet)

Arrow keys: Lateral thrust

N: Attitude indicator reference planet/system/galaxy toggle

J: Lock/unlock crew doors toggle

K: Lock/unlock hull doors toggle

B: Close all hull doors

E: Stand up/sit at console

,: Decrease HUD brightness

.: Increase HUD brightness

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