Tablet sized images, downlinked within 90 minutes
The program envisions swarms of satellites at a fraction of the cost of airborne systems, sending information to existing handheld devices, such as iPhones, to receive a satellite images of their precise location within 90 minutes.
One goal states capability for "'tablet' sized images, downlinked within 90 minute revisit time. Capable to respond to about 10 users requests simultaneously."
DARPA says rapid, low-cost manufacturing technologies from the mobile phone industry, propulsion technology from the automobile racing industry, solid state components from electronics manufacturers, valve technology from the medical pneumatic industry, and advanced optics, might all play a part in the next generation of battlefield planning and logistics.
“With a SeeMe constellation," says DARPA program manager Dave Barnhart, "we hope to directly support warfighters in multiple deployed overseas locations simultaneously with no logistics or maintenance costs beyond the warfighters’ handhelds.”