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Just Hit Seeme; the new military satellites of DARPA

Seeme Program Image from DARPA website

The Seeme Program from DARPA website:

DARPA’s SeeMe (Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements) program aims to give mobile individual US warfighters access to on-demand, space-based tactical information in remote and beyond- line-of-sight conditions. If successful, 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.

The program seeks to develop a constellation of small “disposable” satellites, 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. DARPA plans SeeMe to be an adjunct to unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology, which provides local and regional very-high resolution coverage but cannot cover extended areas without frequent refueling. SeeMe aims to support warfighters in multiple deployed overseas locations simultaneously with no logistics or maintenance costs beyond the warfighters’ handheld devices.

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. The program may leverage DARPA’s Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) program, which is developing an aircraft-based satellite launch platform for payloads on the order of 100 lbs. ALASA seeks to provide low-cost, rapid launch of small satellites into any required orbit, a capability not possible today from fixed ground launch sites.

From the DARPA Website

Raytheon Company was awarded a $1.5 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract for phase one of the agency’s Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements (SeeMe) program. During the next nine months, the company will complete the design for small satellites to enhance warfighter situational awareness in the battlespace.  Raython News Release, Dec. 13, 2012

Drones Forever: the drone war

The U.S. Air Force has authorized Tucson-based Raytheon Missile Systems to begin low-rate initial production of a radar-jamming decoy drone.The Air Force exercised a contract option and awarded Raytheon $5 million to produce the Miniature Air-Launched Decoy-J (MALD-J), converting an earlier production order for the baseline, non-jamming MALD model, Raytheon said.  With a range of about 575 miles, the jet-powered MALD is launched from aircraft and protects aircrews and their aircraft by mimicking the combat flight profiles and signatures of U.S. and allied aircraft. The MALD-J adds radar-jamming capability.  The MALD-J will save lives by allowing commanders to conduct jamming missions without risking manned aircraft and crews, Harry Schulte, vice president of Raytheon’s warfare systems product line, said in prepared remarks.  About 125 Raytheon employees make the MALD, Schulte noted.

By David Wichner, Raytheon to start producing radar-jamming decoy drone, Arizona Daily Star, Nov. 29, 2011