The helm is where you get specific information and navigate through the universe. It shows what ship you are currently piloting, what charge and fuel your ship has remaining and also what speed it is limited to.
The menu area you will see has options that include, Nearby Systems, Region Information, Search functionality for traveling, Sublight that allows you to sublight travel, System Information and also Waypoints that may have been set.
The list below shows what you are capable of doing from within the helm.
The nearby section lists discovered systems within a 100 light year radius regardless of the region you are in. From here you will get information on the systems around you and how far from your current position they are. You can also see which faction currently has that system under control and potentially any nearby undiscovered systems.
The regions section provides information about the region you are in, which faction has control and the systems within this region. The overview of the region will give you a percentage breakdown of which faction has main ownership and which other factions have province. The higher amount of systems owned in a region determines ownership with the region owner benefiting from the region perk.
You can travel to systems from here. The information provided are system names, distance and the faction owner.
You can use the "prev region" and "next region" controls to page through regions in order. This allows you to effectively browse the whole universe like a star chart, but of course it will only show systems your faction have discovered or can see from a distance that are undiscovered.
Regions have certain effects that can effect only the region owners or effect everyone in the region, this perk is listed relative to that.
The search facility provides interfaces to find and filter through regions, systems and services with various filters.
For regions you will be able to search by the name or the owner, a result will give you the type of region (which may result in spacial effects that can effect combat, etc), the owner and the spatial range in which it spans.
The systems search allows you to look for a system name or owner, if you know it, or filter through different body types to get results on how far they are and who the faction owner is.
The search in services gives you a dropdown list of possible services you could want to find. Giving you the system name, distance and the faction owner.
Sublight provides controls to explore for undiscovered systems in a negative or positive direction and also allows you to set a manual sublight destination.
When you explore in sublight, you can do this in a negative or positive direction where you will travel indefinitely in that direction until a system not previously discovered by your faction is found. This is handy for when you want to find new systems to take control of regions or to just expand your empire.
If you want to travel to specific position in the universe you can enter the position in the position control (as a number) and travel there. Once entered, you will get an estimated travel time to that location. Travelling to that position you will stop automatically once the destination is reached. You can also use the controls here to increment from your current position or reset the position number back to your current position. The main reason for incrementing is for when you need to search the area for various reasons, such as for a mission.
The system section provides information about the system you are in and which faction owns it, including system bodies and ships present (players and npcs).
The system overview will show you which faction owns it and information about the system you are in.
In order to own a system you will have to find an unclaimed system and build in it, or you can attempt to destroy the current owners and take control of that system.
The bodies of the system will give you information, including the body name, the type of body and the number of unique commodities that are available through mining.
You will be able to see any player and NPC ships that are around in the system. You will be able to see the rank, name and faction of the player or npc and also what ship type they have and what body they are orbiting. From here you will be able to Attack, Dock, Rename, Simulate Combat or Spot the ship if the option is available to you.
The waypoints section is for browsing waypoints you have personally set or those that have been shared by your faction members.
Each waypoint will give you a name, the distance from your position, the faction owner and also any notes you would like to make on that waypoint marker.
From within your personal waypoints you can change your notes, travel to, remove them, or share with your faction members.
Waypoints can be set by going to the system overview and clicking the "Save Waypoint" button.
The shared waypoints are a list of important waypoints which have been shared by your faction members.