DARPA SeeMe Program

Project:    DARPA SEEME (SPACE ENABLED EFFECTS FOR MILITARY ENGAGEMENTS)

On-demand satellite imagery delivered in a timely and persistent manner for mission planning.

DARPA SeeMe will provide small squads and individual teams the ability to receive timely imagery of their specific overseas location directly from a small satellite with the press of a button—something that’s currently not possible from military or commercial satellites. NovaWurks seeks to develop a constellation of satlets, at a fraction of the cost of airborne systems, enabling deployed warfighters overseas to hit ‘see me’ on existing handheld devices to receive a satellite image of their precise location within 90 minutes. The SeeMe constellation may 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.

Timely image and location data at the press of a button.

SeeMe Program Launch

Launch

Regular 60 to 90 day launches of replacement satellites.

DARPA SeeMe Program Constellation

Constellation

Two dozen “refreshable” HISat-based satellites in LEO.

DARPA Program SeeMe Data Request

Data Request

Individuals or squads request “live” data and images.

Program SeeMe Data Received

Data Received

Handheld devices receive requested data and images.

DARPA Program nw_projects_re_entry

Re-Entry

Depleted satellites burn up on re-entry, leaving no debris.