Cinetheodolites are used to record Time Space Position Information (TSPI). These instruments utilize 21 bit optical encoders to record the angular position from the mount location to the test object. By triangulating the vectors generated by 3 or more units, the geospatial position of the test object can be determined to within one cubic meter.
The instruments can be slaved to TTR's tracking radars for target acquisition and ranging information for camera focus. Each mount utilizes a digital camera for image capture; has a computer on board to create metadata, record data, and control operations of the mount; and a fiber optic slip ring to remotely transfer data onto and off the pedestal. Currently all cinetheodolites must be manned during operations; however, development is underway to allow mounts to operate in either a manned or unmanned configuration.