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35 Instrumentation and Photography

Includes remote sensors; measuring instruments and gages; detectors; cameras and photographic supplies; and holography. For aerial photography see 43 Earth Resources and Remote Sensing. For related information see also 06 Avionics and Aircraft Instrumentation; and 19 Spacecraft Instrumentation.


Instrumentation – The design, assemblage, arrangement, installation, and use of devices for controlling, detecting, measuring, recording, or displaying data; or supporting devices for transmitting, processing, or analyzing data. Adapted from the Dictionary of Technical Terms for Aerospace Use. Wm. H. Allen, ed., 1965. NASA SP-7.

Photography – A process for recording visual images by exposing a light-sensitive substance to radiation such as visible light, infrared radiation, or x-rays. NASA Thesaurus, Washington, DC: National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

NASA Interest

Exhaustive Interest : Design, development, installation, and use of devices for detecting, measuring, recording, telemetering, processing, or analyzing values or quantities related to aeronautical or space flight; the environment within or outside the flight vehicle; the physical operation and well being of the flight vehicle and its structure during all phases of flight; the facilities for testing and/or developing the flight vehicle; the observations and experiments performed as a result of the flight of these vehicles.

Selective Interest : Instrument design, development, and theory for other purposes that have potential aerospace applications because of advanced or unusual features, or are developed for extreme environments or unusual test conditions.

Negative Interest : Commercial off-the-shelf photographic equipment and instrument design and development for general use for artistic or commercial applications.


Input Subjects of Specific Interest

  • ablation sensors (design and techniques)
  • accelerometers
  • alarm systems (design and techniques)
  • analyzing devices (design and techniques)
  • anemometers (design and techniques)
  • atomic clocks (design and techniques)
  • attitude indicators (design and techniques)
  • bioelectronic instruments (theory and techniques)
  • bioinstrumentation (theory and techniques)
  • biomedical instruments (theory and techniques)
  • Bragg cells (design and techniques)
  • cameras
  • coronagraphs
  • darkroom equipment
  • detectors
  • Earth sensors
  • electron microscopes
  • electro-optical systems (instrumentation)
  • emissivity measurements
  • filters (photographic)
  • flow visualization (instrumentation)
  • fluid flow sensors (general)
  • gages (general)
  • geophysical sensors (design and techniques)
  • gyroscopes (design and operation)
  • holography
  • image enhancement
  • infrared sensors
  • instrument design (theory and techniques)
  • instrumentation
  • interferometers
  • ion mass spectrometers
  • laser Doppler velocimeters
  • laser instruments (design and operation)
  • lenses (photographic)
  • mass spectrometers
  • measuring instruments
  • micrometeoroid sensors (instrumentation)
  • microscopes
  • multimode sensors
  • multispectral sensors
  • nondestructive testing instruments
  • optical imaging devices (design and techniques)
  • optical measuring instruments (design and techniques)
  • oscilloscopes
  • ozonesondes
  • photographic processing equipment
  • photographic supplies
  • photography
  • photometry
  • phototheodolites
  • physiological monitoring devices (theory and techniques)
  • position sensors
  • precision time and time interval (PTTI)
  • pressure transducers
  • radiation instruments
  • radiography
  • recording devices
  • remote sensors
  • scatterometers (design and techniques)
  • sensors
  • shock tube instruments
  • spectral analysis instruments
  • spectrometers
  • spectrophotometers
  • spectroscopes
  • strain gags
  • tape recorders
  • temperature measuring instruments
  • test facility instruments
  • thermocouples (design and techniques)
  • time measurement equipment
  • tomography (design and techniques)
  • transducers (applications)
  • two-gas sensors (general)
  • ultrasonic testing equipment
  • vidicon cameras
  • wind tunnel instruments