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Sensors are used to detect objects beyond visual range and for assisting other subsystems with targeting. This can include detecting spacecraft on the other side of a solar system, or targeting of weapon bays and other systems.

Layer Penetration

Sensors can only penetrate one layer of interference. This means that a spacecraft in orbit of a world can penetrate the atmosphere layer, but not the hydrosphere layer.

This commonly means that buildings and spacecraft that are underwater cannot be detected from orbit. It also means that units underwater cannot detect anything outside the world's atmosphere.

Lastly it means that anything inside the atmosphere of a world, cannot detect anything inside the atmosphere of other worlds in the solar system.

An exception is made for the capitol and military headquarters buildings. They can always be seen on sensors.

Sensor Size

Amount of volume dedicated to sensors increases the sensor range in which a spacecraft can detect contacts.

Useful Numbers

  • 3-5 million meter range is generally enough to cover an entire single star system
  • 7-8 million meter range is generally enough to cover an entire binary star system
  • 12-14 million meter range is generally enough to cover an entire trinary system

System Survey

When crew is ordered to do a system survey, the time required to do so will depend on the number of celestial bodies in the solar system, the range category of the sensors, and the rank of the sensor station operator.

Sensor Range Categories
Category Range Required Remark
Short Range 12,954m Less than one lunar orbit
Orbital Range 12,954m More than one lunar orbit
Planetary Range 91,449m More than 1/2 planetary orbit
System Range 2,743,200m More than 15 planetary orbits

Avatar Manual Survey

An avatar can survey a solar system instantly, no matter the senor range, by using the sensor console to display the detail of any celestial body in the solar system.