Sensors are the primary means by which a planet, starbase, or starship explores the galaxy. There are multiple types of sensors that are currently in use by the governments of the Milky Way Galaxy.

Scan Types

Sensor Scan

A Sensor Scan is a type of area scan that analyzes all directions around a vessel or station simultaneously. This is the least sophisticated sensor scan that can be completed.

Sensor Sweep

A Sensor Scan is a type of area scan that analyzes a specific arc surrounding a starship or starbase.

Sensor Focused Scan

A Sensor Focused Scan looks at a specific area and utilizes all sensors to scan that location. It is the most sophisticated sensor scan available.

Sensor Types

Long Range Sensors

Long Range Sensors focus on space greater than three light years from the facility. At present Long Range Sensors on Starfleet installations feature enhanced equipment which includes:

  • Gamma ray telescopes
  • Gravimetric distortion scanners
  • Lifeform analysis instrument clusters
  • Multidimensional wave-function analysis module
  • Narrow-angle active EM scanners
  • Parametric subspace field stress sensors
  • Passive neutrino imaging scanners
  • Pinpoint active EM scanners
  • Proximity sensor arrays.
  • Thermal imaging arrays
  • Wide-angle active EM scanners
  • Variable frequency EM flux sensors

Other Sensors

Specialized sensors can also be attached to the installation as needed due to the inclusion of expansion bays into the current sensor array designs. Some of these enhanced sensors are:

  • Anti-Cloak Sensors
  • Astronomical Observation Sensors including optical and wideband EM scanning peripherals
  • Planetary mapping sensors
  • Remote lifeform analysis sensors
  • Subspace flow sensors

Short Range Sensors

Short Range Sensors (also known as Lateral Sensor Arrays on Starfleet installations) focus on the area of space less than three light years from the Starfleet installation and provide for navigation. They are made up of a series of sensor pallets that contain specialized equipment that can be easily reconfigured to meet the needs of the facility at any given time. Current equipment in the short range sensors include:

  • Active subspace multibeacon receivers
  • Galactic plasma wave cartographic processors
  • High-energy charged particle detectors
  • Impulse time-distortion corrector
  • Narrow-angle IR-UV-Gamma Ray Imagers
  • Quasar telescopes
  • Stellar graviton detectors
  • Stellar pair coordinate imagers
  • Timebase beacon receivers
  • Wide-angle IR Source Trackers

Lateral Sensor Array Components

Onboard Starfleet installations the Lateral Sensor Arrays are further broken down into individual sensor pallets that can also be installed into the system.

Pallet 1

  • Quark population analysis counters
  • Wide-angle EM radiation imaging scanners
  • Z-range particulate spectrometry sensors

Pallet 2

  • Active magnetic interferometry scanners
  • Gravimetric distortion mapping scanners
  • High-energy proton spectrometry clusters
  • Isometric phase matrix imagers

Pallet 3

  • ACB relay booster arrays
  • Pinpoint EM flux sensors
  • Steerable lifeform analysis instrument clusters
  • Weapons and sensor targeting scanners

Pallet 4

  • Hydrogen-filter subspace flux scanners
  • Linear calibration subspace flux sensors
  • Localized subspace field stress sensors
  • Low-frequency EM flux sensors
  • Parametric subspace field stress sensors

Pallet 5

  • High-resolution graviton flux spectrometers
  • Variable band optical imaging clusters
  • Very low energy graviton spin polarimeters
  • Virtual aperture gravitron flux spectrometers

Pallet 6

  • Active matrix gamma interferometry sensors
  • Low-level thermal imaging sensors
  • Multi-angle gamma frequency counters
  • Virtual particle mapping cameras

Real World


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