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Name Sensor Systems
Type Sensors
Introduced circa 2200
Affiliation All Races
TechStatus Star Trek Canon
Contributor Czarr Rom



Background

Most star ships today incorporate a vast network of flexible sensor packages (Called Pallets) that make ships today some of the most extremly capable scientific and research vessels ever built.

This network is is composed of 3 primary sensor systems,

  • Long range sensors
  • Short range sensor
  • Mission Specific sensors

Sensor platforms, be them on Starships or Arrays imploy 2 main types of sensors that are subcategorized into 2:

                     Long Range                 Short Range 
                    /          \               /           \
                 Hi Res      Low Res        Hi Res       Low Res
                        
                   

Long Range Sensors

Long range sensors focus on the Macro Universe. They gather information; both Passive (which means anything that is naturally projected to the ship. Light, Gravity, particles) And Active (which means bouncing sensor beams off of objects to gather information about it), about the universe on a large scale such as Stars, Nebulae, planets (as spacial bodies), Large scale astrological phenomena, ect.)

In order to allow the platform to perform these functions Sensor Platforms employs a wide range of sensors that have the ability to be easily modified to accomodate the needs of the mission.


  • High resolution mode range: 7 lightyears
  • Low resolution mode range: 21 lightyears


  • Primary instruments: Wide-angle active EM scanner
  • Narrow-angle active EM scanner
  • Pinpoint active EM scanner
  • 2.5 meter diameter gamma ray telescope


  • Variable frequency EM flux sensor
  • Lifeform analysis instrument cluster
  • Parametric subspace field stress sensor
  • Gravimetric distortion scanner
  • Passive neutrino imaging scanner
  • Thermal imaging array
  • Proximity sensor array type 11-A


Short Range Sensors

Short range sensors focus on the Micro Universe. They gather information; both Passive (which means anything that is naturally projected to the ship. Light, Gravity, particles) And Active (which means bouncing sensor beams off of objects to gather information about it), about the universe on a microscopic level such as localized spacial phenomena, spacial distortions, quantum level phenomena, specific aspects of spacial bodies.

In order to allow the platform to perform these functions Sensor Platforms employs a wide range of sensors that have the ability to be easily modified to accomodate the needs of the mission.


  • Primary instruments: Quasar telescope
  • Wide-angle IR Source Tracker
  • Narrow-angle IR-UV-Gamma Ray Imager
  • Active subspace multibeacon receiver
  • Stellar graviton detectors
  • High-energy charged particle detectors
  • Galactic plasma wave cartographic processor
  • Federation timebase beacon receiver
  • Impulse time-distortion corrector
  • Stellar pair coordinate imager


  • Array compositions: 6 sensor pallet clusters per array
  • Pallet 1: Wide-angle EM radiation imaging scanner

Quark population analysis counter Z-range particulate spectrometry sensor

  • Pallet 2: Active magnetic interferometry scanner

High-energy proton spectrometry cluster Gravimetric distortion mapping scanner Isometric phase matrix imager

  • Pallet 3: Steerable lifeform analysis instrument cluster

Pinpoint EM flux sensor Weapons and sensor targeting scanner ACB relay booster array

  • Pallet 4: Low-frequency EM flux sensor

Localized subspace field stress sensor Parametric subspace field stress sensor Hydrogen-filter subspace flux scanner Linear calibration subspace flux sensor

  • Pallet 5: Variable band optical imaging cluster

Virtual aperture gravitron flux spectrometer High-resolution graviton flux spectrometer Very low energy graviton spin polarimeter

  • Pallet 6: Active matrix gamma interferometry sensor

Low-level thermal imaging sensor Multi-angle gamma frequency counter Virtual particle mapping camera


Mission Specific sensors

In addition to Long and Short range sensors there are several packages of special purpose and engineering sensors such as the subspace flow sensors that are located on various points of a starships hull these are:

Astronomical Observation: This includes optical and wideband EM scanning capabilities for the study of stellar objects and other phenomena across lightyear range. Capabilities include wide angle scan ability for automaited starmapping functinos and a wide range of individually controled instruments for mission specific studies.

Planetary surface analysis: A broad range of short range sensors provide extensive mapping and survey capabilities from planetary orbit. Besides high-res optical and EM scanning, virtual neutrino spectrometers and short range quark resonance scanners provide detailed geologic structure analysis.

Remote lifeform analysis: A sophisticated array of charged cluster quark resonance scanners provide detailed biological data across orbital distances. When used in conjunction with optical and chemical analysis sensors, the lifeform analysis software is typically able to extrapolate a bioform`s gross structure and deduce the basic chemical composition.