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DARPA is working on tiny satellites that could provide on-demand terrain imaging for US soldiers

Published: March 1, 2015
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Source: Business Insider

In late December, DARPA awarded a $1.5 million contract to Raytheon to develop small satellites capable of quickly providing US ground troops with imagery of their surroundings.

The SeeMe satellite — named after DARPA’s quest for Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements — is about the size of a water cooler and is cheaper to make and launch than the typical hardware sent into orbit.

Satellite imagery at the moment is more of a strategic than a tactical asset. It can help commanders decide on their next move. But it can’t give individual soldiers an idea of what lies beyond the next thick line of trees.

The SeeMe program aims to change that.

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