A retractable optical sensor system includes a sensor body (e.g., an electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) remote sensor) connected to a sensor support structure that is actuated by an actuator. The sensor support structure accomplishes angular movement whose turning point is located in an end that is mounted to an articulation support. A bulkhead support is fastened to the aircraft structure. The actuator is electrically or hydraulically actuated and has an end united to a support member which is fastened to the aircraft structure. The opposite end of the actuator is connected for articulation to the sensor support structure so as to cause angular movement thereof. Articulation of the sensor support structure causes the sensor body to extend/retract while simultaneously causing the fairing door to be raised/lowered, respectively.
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