|Last Week's Vanguard Concept|
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We were back at it this morning, straining and stretching our imaginations as we imagineered Farpoint and Renaissance Academy's first starship simulator, the Vanguard. Mark Daymont, Kyle Herring and I spent the morning looking over Kyle's preliminary blueprints of last week's proposals.
|The Vanguard from last week's discussions|
Kyle had an idea of his own this week.
|Kyle's dream of an ideal bridge - a bridge in the round.|
I really liked the idea, but the drawing was missing the behind the bridge hallway (for access to the bridge through multiple hatches - you know - the scare factor). The round bridge concept was shelved when we discovered the additional hallway wouldn't provide enough room for the perfect circular shape of the bridge in the existing space.
The design in the photo above has a Magellan look, with a set of steps (the white tables) going up from the lower bridge (Command) to the work stations on two different levels.
After making several laps around the Version 5 Vanguard, we went back to Kyle's bridge in the round concept. A vision of hybrid Star Wars / Battlestar Galactic bridge come to mind. The chairs were stacked and put out again making Version 6 Vanguard.
|Vanguard, Version 6|
The chairs to the left and the four straight ahead would be on raised platforms with a set of steps between them. The pattern of steps and stations would be repeated on the right side of the room.
The Vanguard will have 26 computer stations for when it will be used as a Renaissance Academy computer lab during the school day. After school and weekends, the Vanguard will hold 10 - 14 crew members - again, very similar to the Magellan.
Kyle's computer was set up and ready to go. Kyle began putting our ideas to paper.
Look at the photo above. The "CR" stands for Control Room. See the capsule in the small closet room to the right? That capsule is ..... Shhhhhhhh...... keep it a secret....... my Workbee. I believe it will be THE favorite part of the Vanguard.
A kind of "Workbee" was used years ago at the Space Center. The campers loved it.
This new Workbee will make our Vanguard unique among its sister ships.
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|Had to put this in. Apparently this guy recently brought this into a computer shop for repair.|
The Voyager opened using computers like the one above for its bridge stations.