SENTINEL Infrared Telescope
|SENTINEL Infrared Telescope|
| Telescope by |
Experimental Engineering Group
|Max. Temp.||2000 K|
|Impact Tolerance||7 m/s|
In order for the SENTINEL to be used, it must be in a solar orbit (orbiting around the Sun), outside of the sphere of influence of any other body. When activated, it will scan for and display asteroids that are in the next-widest planetary orbit. For example, to scan for asteroids around the orbit of Kerbin, the SENTINEL must be placed in a solar orbit outside of the sphere of influence of Kerbin and at a lower semi-major axis (closer to the Sun) than Kerbin. The inclination, eccentricity, and longitude of ascending node also need to be close to matching the target planet.
|“|| The Sentinel Space Telescope uses infrared light to detect celestial bodies, such as asteroids, that may pose a risk to Kerbin.
— Experimental Engineering Group
- Initial Release
- The text "B-612" can be seen on the side of the telescope. This is a reference to the B612 Foundation, a non profit foundation dedicated to discovering Near Earth Asteroids and defending Earth from them.
- The name SENTINEL is also a reference to the real life Sentinel Space Telescope, which the B612 Foundation proposed to put in Solar orbit near Venus to find asteroids that might threaten the Earth.