DARPA seeks expertise for on-demand imagery
DARPA’s has inaugurated a new program called SeeMe that aims to give US soldiers the ability to receive imagery of their specific location directly from a small satellite.
Today, some members of the US military deployed in remote overseas locations are unable to obtain on-demand satellite imagery in a timely manner.
To rectify that matter, DARPA has inaugurated a new program called SeeMe (Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements) that aims to give US soldiers the ability to receive imagery of their specific location directly from a small satellite.
Dave Barnhart, the DARPA program manager envisions that the SeeMe system would comprise a constellation of small satellites that would allow soldiers to receive an image of their precise location in less than 90 minutes.
The SeeMe constellation could potentially consist of some two-dozen satellites, each lasting 60-90 days in a very low-earth orbit before de-orbiting and completely burning up, leaving no space debris and causing no re-entry hazard.
DARPA will be hosting a workshop on March 27 at which interested parties will be introduced to the aims of the program. The day will also enable organizations to discuss potential alliances between one another.