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CONTROL CONSOLE REQUIREMENTS
The control console will need a primary display or displays. We are not going to specify whether it needs one or multiple displays. However, display of multiple formats at one time will be necessary. These are the primary situation and control formats used by the operator. The size and the number of the displays will not be specified unless there is a reason. One keyboard and mouse are required per operator. Remember, one operator may control more than one vehicle. The operator will be tied to the flight team via an interphone. This interphone will also be tied (ported) to the radios. The telephone does not have to be an integrated part of the C/S. As stated earlier, there will be a need for dedicated switches for vehicle critical functions such as Master Arm and Weapon Release. It is desirable to not have any software in the path to send these signals to the vehicle. This means these functions still work even if there is a major software crash in the C/S. Not all of the hardware switches have this need, most of them are there just because immediate access is desirable and won’t be display or format dependent. Very frequently used functions and functions that the operator may need quick access to, are candidates for dedicated hardware switches. A dedicated display for Built-In-Test (BIT) and Self-Test (ST) are required. One for the aircraft and a separate one for the C/S are assumed. These are dedicated, and do not compete with other situation or command and control formats. It idea mimics the Maintenance Fault List and Pilot Fault List (MFL/PFL) found in tactical aircraft today.