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The '''M700 Survey Scanner''' is an orbital low resolution [[resource scanner]].  It is used to map broad areas of resource concentration on a [[celestial body]].  It is the first step in finding locations which are rich in resources, for subsequent extraction.  It provides a low detail overview of the entire celestial body, which can then be used to target specific areas for further detailed scanning with high resolution scanners (which can only scan a small area, not an entire celestial body).
== Product description ==
|This orbital survey scanner uses a combination of advanced sensor technology and witchcraft to provide information on a planet or moons natural resources.  These images can be viewed either in flight, or in relative safety and comfort back at the KSC.  Be sure to bring an antenna capable of transmitting the information back, and sufficient power.
|Experimental Engineering Group
== Usage ==
[[File:M700 Survey Scanner (open).png|left|thumb|as it deployed for operation...]]
The scanner works well on a small 1.25m satellite, but has a large electrical demand when activated, so a [[Z-1k Rechargeable Battery Bank|Z-1k battery]], or equivalent, is recommended.  The electrical demand is brief, so it is not necessary to have a huge generating capacity. It is not particularly heavy, so a [[FL-T200|FL-T200 fuel tank]] and [[LV-909|LV-909 engine]] are quite adequate for the final stage, providing the necessary power to establish and adjust the orbit, either from [[LKO]] to [[Mun]] and [[Minmus]], or entry from solar orbit to another system.  An [[antenna]] is required to upload the data back to [[KSC]], and any antenna will suffice.
Launching should probably make use of a [[fairings|payload fairing]] or [[cargo bay]], as the scanner is large and not a good aerodynamic shape, so is likely to cause atmospheric control issues when placed on top of a rocket.  The scanner requires a stable [[orbit#Inclination|polar orbit]] at an appropriate altitude ([[#Scanning altitude|see below]]). Once established in orbit, it must first be opened ('''''Deploy Scanner'''''), then the scan can be performed ('''''Perform orbital survey''''').  The scan is a once per body operation, and only takes a few seconds.  The data acquired by the scanner is automatically transmitted, and it is the transmission which uses the large quantity of [[electricity]].  The scan result can be viewed in map mode (default {{key press|M}} key) while controlling the scanner satellite, or from the KSC [[Tracking Station]]. To view the results in [[map view|map mode]], right-click on the scanner while it is deployed and select '''''Toggle Overlay'''''. To view the results from the Tracking Station, select the orbital body and then click on the '''''Resources''''' icon on the right hand side of the window. The deployed scanner can be retracted by clicking on the '''''Retract Scanner''''' option.
There are options to change the data presentation.  You can modify the display cutoff value (the higher the value, the richer the deposit) and the results' color and style.  You cannot change these parameters from map mode.  Retracting the scanner will hide the results until the scanner is re-deployed and the overlay is toggled again.
After using this scanner, it is possible to start resource extraction based on its results alone, but the best results will be achieved by using the scan results as the basis for performing detailed, targeted scans with the high resolution scanners:
* [[Surface Scanning Module]]
* [[M4435 Narrow-Band Scanner]]
== Scanning altitude ==
{| class="wikitable floatleft"
|- <!-- sort doesn't work with rowspan -->
! rowspan="2" | Celestial body
! rowspan="2" | Radius
! colspan="2" | Altitude
! Min.
! Max.
{{/Altitude row|Kerbol}}
{{/Altitude row|Moho}}
{{/Altitude row|Eve}}
{{/Altitude row|Gilly}}
{{/Altitude row|Kerbin}}
{{/Altitude row|Mun}}
{{/Altitude row|Minmus}}
{{/Altitude row|Duna}}
{{/Altitude row|Ike}}
{{/Altitude row|Dres}}
{{/Altitude row|Jool}}
{{/Altitude row|Laythe}}
{{/Altitude row|Vall}}
{{/Altitude row|Tylo}}
{{/Altitude row|Bop}}
{{/Altitude row|Pol}}
{{/Altitude row|Eeloo}}
The scanner has a minimum and maximum scanning altitude based on the radius of the body it is scanning:
* The minimum altitude is one-tenth of the body radius <b>or</b> 25&nbsp;km, whichever is higher.
* The maximum altitude is five times the body radius <b>or</b> 1.5&nbsp;Mm, whichever is lower.
== Changes ==
* Initial release

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