In the heart of the Kepler lies the navigation chamber. It is a simple compartment, isolated from the rest of the ship and accessible only to one member of the crew. Normally sealed from outside entry while in use, there is an emergency access through the ventilation system.
The compartment is large enough to accommodate one, but small enough to be easily overlooked as an important part of the ship. Its curved walls are specially coated in a lenticular substance to aid in projecting stellar fields within the chamber. The chamber, when not in use, is normally lit with the same faint red glow that is standard lighting throughout the Kepler.
Inside the chamber is a chair that reclines to a forty-five degree angle to the deck. At the bottom is a ledge to support the feet. A shape conforming padding covers the chair’s surface. At the end of the armrests are a set of controls that allow the occupant to manipulate the projected holographic stellar field that fills the room. To call the chamber a “planetarium” would be a mistake as the stellar maps cover far more than the Kepler’s home planetary system.
The holographic map serves as a reference and allows the navigator to more accurately focus on the intended destination. In that instance, when the navigator has acquired the target, the ship jumps.
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