Master CPO Alex Peterson is the ISDC’s leading EMDAR specialist, responsible for the team of specialists who operate specialist tactical sensor equipment, tasked with detecting other vessels in space as early as possible.

EMDAR Technicians are the eyes of the vessel, responsible for maintaining awareness of what’s happening within the Tactical Operating Environment. Unlike in science-fiction other vessels don’t just automatically appear on “long range sensors”. They can only be detected and tracked by the electromagnetic radiation they emit.

The vessel’s EMDAR system is capable of detecting EM emissions at significant distances and estimating their range but can’t determine direction. EMDAR technicians are trained to assess changes in intensity and range of EM detections across multiple sensor arrays for insights into the location and behaviour of other vessels (called contacts).

To assist with this, data visualisations known as ‘waterfall displays’ show historical EM data that allows operators to spot trends.

 Above: An example of a waterfall displayThe EMDAR team’s ultimate goal is to refine the possible location of a contact enough to attain a track, which allows a highly targeted array to lock on and track automatically, allowing main weapons to be targeted.

Until then, the EMDAR team is still expected to provide as much information as possible on the location and behaviour of contacts.

Becoming an EMDAR Technician

To become an EMDAR Technician, register your interest using the link below.

You'll be signed up as crew and will have access to online training, supported by an instructor, that will get you ready to begin hunting other vessels.

Once you’re qualified on EMDAR, you’ll be able to join mission simulations as an EMDAR Technician to gain practical experience.

After you have enough simulator time completed, you'll be rated as an EMDAR Technician and promoted to to the rank of Able Crewman. Being rated means you'll be able to serve on active duty when Endeavour launches.