Data Sensors And Information Acquisition

  • A. M. Mayo
  • C. L. Buddecke
  • G. R. Tenery


Much of the knowledge potential from space exists as energy patterns not directly accessible through the human sense organs to the intellect. Accelerated effort toward the acquisition of information in a form directly comparable to existing knowledge shows promise of improved effectiveness of space exploration. Transformations used in improving the intelligibility of information include :

1. Energy-frequency transforms exemplified by the shift of frequency occurring when certain minerals, exposed to ultraviolet energy, radiate various colors of visible light.

2. The amplification of energy patterns as exemplified by radio and television reception.

3. Temporal transforms as exemplified by ultra-highspeed and time lapse photography.

4. Sensor modality transforms exemplified by the increased use of hearing and touch senses of the blind.

5. Classification transforms exemplified by the “self-programming11” computer techniques of organizing geometric and temporal sensed energy patterns.

The transformation processes are explored as a means to stimulate ingenuity in instrumenting scientific payloads for improved effectiveness. Improved understanding of human and other biosensory and cognitive functions is fundamental to effective progress.


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© Springer-Verlag Wien 1965

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. M. Mayo
    • 1
  • C. L. Buddecke
    • 1
  • G. R. Tenery
    • 1
  1. 1.Advanced Systems Department, Astronautics Division Chance Vought CorpLing-Temco-Vought, IncDallasUSA

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