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Passive Matter Sampler Arrays: A 100 piece of Sci-fi Minutia

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The term Sensors refers to a broad range of devices on a space ship that are used to observe the environment outside the spacecraft. Under the broad umbrella of this concept are scores of devices ranging from a simple alignment of magnets to devices that pull at the fabric of space itself

Matter Samplers pull in cosmic dust and then analyzes the nature of particles. These artificial noses allow ships to track debris fields, certain exhaust trails, and do a cursory analysis of the elemental and mineral make up of the surrounding planetary and material bodies. Most Samplers provide information about relative particle density as well as sorting particles by volume, mass, radiation out put, charge and momentum. Sophisticated samplers use mass spectrometry to determine the atomic make up, and quark busting to analyze the subatomic decay. Subatomic decay analysis determines an atom’s actual age and its’ relative point of galactic origin.



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Voted Aramax
January 11, 2015, 15:16
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Now this one, I REALLY like!
Voted Silveressa
January 18, 2015, 20:53
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Useful for conducting system surveys as well, especially when "sniffing out" rare minerals in an asteroid belt or planetary dust/ice/rock ring or tracking down damaged pirate ships attempting to hide in an Oort cloud.
Voted valadaar
March 18, 2016, 12:07
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Not bad, the idea of subatomic decay is interesting.


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