Sensor Arrays

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The sensor systems deployed on Star Fleet vessels and space stations are composed of the long range sensor arrays, upper, lower, and lateral sensor arrays along with the tactical and navigational sensor groups. These sensors provide the crew with the relevant data to carry out the current mission and deal with any situations that might occur.

Long Range Sensor Arrays

On most ships the long-range sensors are housed directly behind the main deflector dish, on vessels not equipped with a man dish the long-range sensors are housed in dedicated sensor bays. The long-range sensor array is composed of both passive and active sensors. The active sensors are Subspace scanning devises that allow information gathering at speed greater than the speed of light with a maximum effective range of approximately five light years in high-resolution mode and seventeen light years at low-resolution mode.

On ships where the LRS array is housed behind the deflector dish the dish is designed with perforated areas that are designed to be transparent to the sensors. There are nine different sensors that are standard in the LRS. There are also unassigned mounting points to provide flexibility for the addition of mission specific sensors.

The LRS array is designed to scan in the direction of flight. The LRS array is used to scan for flight hazards such as micro-meteoroids. When such small particulates are detected the main deflector is automatically instructed to sweep the objects from the flight path. For objects that are to large for the deflector to handle minor changes to the flight path are made to avoid collision and the flight Control Officer is notified of the situation and the option for manual intervention is provided.

Standard Long Range Sensors

•Wide-angle active EM scanner

•Narrow-angle active EM Scanner

•2.0-meter diameter gamma ray telescope

•Variable frequency EM flux sensor

•Life form analysis instrument cluster

•Parametric subspace field stress sensor

•Gravimetric distortion scanner

•Passive neutrino imaging scanner

•Thermal imaging array

Main Sensor Arrays

The main senors arrays are divide into two sensor groups. The first is the lateral sensor arrays and the second are the upper and lower sensor arrays. These arrays are composed of a continuous rack in which the sensor pallets are mounted. This allows for easy replacement and updating of instrumentation. This change out can be accomplished by a short stop over at a star base layover of no more than twenty-four hours or in the field via EVA supported by a shuttle pod or work bee.

Typically, two thirds of the pallet positions on any ships array are taken up by the standard sensor pallets. The remaining positions are left open for mission specific instrumentation.

The pallets provide microwave power feed, optical data net links, cryogenic coolant feeds, and mechanical mounting points for the sensor systems mounted on the pallets. The pallets also provide four sets of instrumentation steering servo clusters and two data subprocessor computers.

Standard Sensor Pallets

Sensor Pallet #1 Wide-angle EM radiation imaging scanner, Quark population analysis counter, Z-range particulate spectrometry sensor
Sensor Pallet #2 High-energy proton spectrometry cluster, Gravimetric distortion mapping scanner
Sensor Pallet #3 Steerable life form analysis instrument cluster
Sensor Pallet #4 Active magnetic interferometry scanner, 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
Sensor Pallet #5 Variable band optical imaging cluster, Virtual aperture graviton flux spectrometer, High-resolution graviton flux spectrometer, Very low energy graviton spin polarimeter
Sensor Pallet #6 Passive imaging gamma interferometry sensor, Low-level thermal imaging sensor, Fixed angle thermal imaging sensor, Virtual particle mapping camera

Systems Specific Sensor Systems

There are two main system specific sensor groups the first are the navigational sensors and the other is the tactical sensors. These two sensor groups operate with dedicated subprocessors and with little to no cross linking with the other sensor arrays along with dedicated ODN connections to the main computer core and the bridge stations. This allows for more efficient data handling and processing especially when operating at high warp.

The navigational sensors provide fight path selection and control. This sensor group operates under the direction of main computer core with the direction of the Flight Control Officer. The tactical sensor group provides threat assessment and monitoring. Along with target acquisition and monitoring.

Navigational Sensor Group

•Quasar Telescope

•Wide-Angle IR Source Tracker

•Narrow-Angle IR UV Gamma Ray Imager

•Passive Subspace Multibeacon Receiver

•Stellar Graviton Detectors

•High-Energy Charged Particle Detectors

•Galactic Plasma Wave Cartographic Processor

•Federation Timebase Beacon Receiver

•Stellar Pair Coordinate Imager

Tactical Sensor Group

• Friend or Foe Object Identification Cluster

• Threat Tracking Sensor Cluster

• EM Flux Sensor

• Charged Particle Density Detector

• Graviton Density Sensor