Preferences Window and General Menus

The Preferences Window exists in every control station module. Opened from the file menu, it holds controls and information important to all modules. The File and Display menus are available on almost every window, but there function is explained here.

 Figure 1: Preferences Window Figure 2: File Menu

1- File Menu Button

This button brings up the File Menu, Figure 2. This menu allows you to load and save window configurations. The window manager remembers the set up of the user's control station upon termination. That set up is automatically loaded on restart of the control station; all windows are placed in the same location as listed in the window configuration file. Alternative window configurations can be saved and accessed.

The Open Preferences menu item opens the Preferences Window, Figure 1.

The Clean Up Desktop will automatically align all the windows on the screen in a grid pattern.

The current window can be closed using the Close Window menu item. This can also be done by double clicking the top left button in the XWindow.

The Quit Module menu item will close all windows associated with that module. The Quit All menu item will close all windows and terminate every module in the control station.

 Figure 3: Display Menu  Figure 4: Graphical Sim Menu

2- Display Menu Button

This button brings up the Display Menu, Figure 3. This menu is connected to the window manager and allows the user to access any module. All control station executables are linked to each other and every window of every module can be opened from anywhere.

Since the Graphical Simulation is the only executable in this package, only the Graphical Sim menu, Figure 4, will open windows. Each item in the Graphical Sim menu is a window. These windows are shown and described below.

The boxes next to each Menu Item provide information from the window manager. The color of each box represents the current state of that window:

Grey - The window is closed
Blue - The window is in the process of opening
Green - The window is opened
Yellow - The window is in the process of closing
Red - Some error condition has occurred.

3- Loop Rate Display

This digital read out displays the update rate for that module, in cycles per second. Most of the control station modules are designed to run at 25 Hz.

4- Command Authority Override Button

This button, when on, allows that module to ignore the Command Authority Checker. The user can then manipulate the Command Authority buttons directly controlling the commands for that module.