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Helm (or helm control) was a term for the flight control operations on board a starship or shuttlecraft. The helm was responsible for controlling the flight operations of a ship, including warp, impulse and thruster control. The helm was also responsible for controlling the ship during a landing sequence or docking procedure.
The term was derived from old Earth navy parlance. In the 23rd century, in Starfleet, the helm was usually manned by a helmsman. The term fell into disuse in the 24th century, and while "helm" was still generally used to refer to flight control operations, the position manning it was called the flight controller, or conn (the latter of which is also used to refer to the station itself).
The actual helm console was usually near the front of a Starfleet ship's bridge. On some vessels, the helm stands alone (USS Voyager, USS Defiant, Enterprise NX-01). Other Starfleet vessels have two forward positions, in which case the helm is paired with another station. The other console was for ship's navigation during the 23rd century, such as the USS Enterprise. Other consoles paired with the helm have been the stations of the tactical (USS Enterprise-C) or operations (USS Enterprise-D) stations.
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