Raytheon delivers the first SeeMe satellite to DARPA
- October 8, 2018
US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has received the first Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements (SeeMe) satellite from the Raytheon.
SeeMe satellite will provide increased situational awareness to soldiers on the ground.
The SeeMe programme seeks the manufacture of small satellites at affordable costs, and enables small squads to receive tactical imagery directly from a small satellite.
Under the programme, a future constellation of small satellites will be built to deliver high-resolution images of precise locations of interest to the handheld devices used by the soldiers.
Thomas Bussing, vice president of Raytheon Advanced Missile Systems, said: “Ground troops can’t always get immediate access to the larger, military and commercial satellites. “These smaller, SeeMe satellites will be dedicated to soldiers, providing them with real-time images from space when they’re needed most.”
DARPA plans to launch the SeeMe spacecraft into low-Earth orbit on a SpaceX rocket in late 2018.