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Old June 9 2009, 06:58 AM   #25
Cary L. Brown
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Re: USS DRAKE - My own design!

NCC-1701-B wrote: View Post
Thanks, but Have no idea how to draw a sensor platform. It just looks like a grey blur! Any ideas?

My advice... it depends on what sort of "sensor" you're talking about.

There are two sorts of detecting technologies... "sensors" and "scanners."

A sensor is passive. Think of this like an infrared camera for detecting radiant heat. Or a radio antenna. Or a thermometer.

A scanner puts out energy and then uses a sensor to analyze the "bounced" energy. This is like a radar system, or a sonar system, or an IR "night vision" camera with integrated IR source.

Basically... "sensor" = "passive" and "scanner" = "active."

A scanner "reaches out and touches" the object being analyzed, while a sensor just "looks" at it.

Now, think of your "sensor platform" that way. What is it? Is it a big pallet with many small devices? Is it a single large device? It's all sort of open to interpretation... but you should think about what your device is trying to accomplish.
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