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19 Spacecraft Instrumentation and Astrionics

Includes the design, manufacture, or use of devices for the purpose of measuring, detecting, controlling, computing, recording, or processing data related to the operation of space vehicles or platforms. For related information see also 06 Aircraft Instrumentation and Avionics; For spaceborne instruments not integral to the vehicle itself see 35 Instrumentation and Photography; For spaceborne telescopes and other astronomical instruments see 89 Astronomy.


Astrionics – Astronautical electronics, particularly the development and use of electronic equipment and systems for space vehicles and platforms.

Spacecraft Instrumentation – The design, development, installation, and use of electronic, optical, gyroscopic, and other instruments that play a role in the control of the spacecraft, or that function to measure, record, display, or process different values or quantities encountered in the flight of a spacecraft. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : Design, arrangement, installation, and use of devices for detecting, measuring, recording, telemetering, processing, or analyzing values or quantities characterizing an environment, spaceflight, launch vehicle, spacecraft, or other experimental phenomena encountered in launch vehicle and spacecraft flight.

Selective Interest : Instruments or displays and off-the-shelf equipment from other transportation media that could be transferred or modified for spacecraft or launch vehicle use.


Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • ablation sensors (spacecraft)
  • alarm systems (spacecraft)
  • altimeters (spacecraft)
  • analyzing devices (spacecraft)
  • astrionics
  • attitude indicators (spacecraft)
  • bioelectronic instruments (spacecraft)
  • biomedical instruments (spacecraft)
  • cabin display devices (spacecraft)
  • cathode ray tubes (spacecraft systems)
  • control position indicators (spacecraft)
  • detecting devices (spacecraft)
  • display devices (spacecraft)
  • flight instruments (spacecraft)
  • flight recorders (spacecraft)
  • fluid flow sensors (spacecraft)
  • gyroscopes (spacecraft)
  • heads-up displays (spacecraft)
  • horizon sensors (spacecraft)
  • infrared sensors (spacecraft)
  • instrument arrangement (spacecraft)
  • instrument design (spacecraft)
  • instrument displays (spacecraft)
  • instrument installation (spacecraft)
  • instrument pointing systems (IPS)
  • landing gear position indicators (spacecraft)
  • laser altimeters (spacecraft)
  • laser instruments (spacecraft)
  • micrometeoroid sensors (spacecraft)
  • navigation display devices (design and development)
  • onboard computer systems for spacecraft
  • onboard instrument systems for spacecraft
  • onboard sensors and recorders for spacecraft
  • passive sensors, trackers, and references (spacecraft)
  • pointing systems
  • position indicators (spacecraft)
  • propulsion system instruments and gages (spacecraft)
  • recording devices (spacecraft)
  • sensors for spacecraft equipment
  • skin temperature indicators (spacecraft)
  • space cabin atmosphere sensors
  • spacecraft control computer systems
  • spacecraft instruments
  • spacecraft systems monitoring instruments
  • star trackers (navigation)
  • telemetry devices (spacecraft)
  • thermal protection sensors
  • two-gas sensors (spacecraft)
  • warning lights (spacecraft)