Infrared sensors (also referred to as infrared detectors or infrared scanners) were devices used on spacecraft to detect movement by means of infrared light.
20th century, the infrared scanner was a piece of advanced sensor technology aboard NASA's Nimbus 1 weather satellite when it was launched. ( : " TOS ")
2151, Lieutenant Malcolm Reed had to refocus the infrared scanner on board in order to calibrate the ship's Enterprise torpedo targeting system. The process took "the better part of a day." ( : " ENT ")
Fight or Flight
In the final draft script of "Fight or Flight" (dated 1 May 2001), the line that ultimately referenced refocusing
's infrared scanner instead referred to resequencing the ship's proximity sensors. In the revised final draft of the episode's teleplay (dated 27 June 2001), the line was changed to the reference about the infrared scanner.
2254, a schematic of the Nimbus spacecraft depicting the location of the infrared scanner was stored in the USS 's Enterprise library computer database. This database was accessed by the Talosians. ( : " TOS ")
2266, Captain James T. Kirk used the infrared scanner and sensing system on board the USS to search the surface of Enterprise Rigel XII for Eve McHuron. ( : " TOS ")
2367, Lieutenant Commander Susanna Leijten suggested installing proximity detectors and infrared sensors on Tarchannen III to locate her former colleagues from the USS . ( Victory : " TNG ")
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