DARPA shows off 1.8-gigapixel surveillance drone, can spot a person from 20,000 feet

DARPA and the US Army have taken the wraps off ARGUS-IS, a 1.8-gigapixel video surveillance platform that can resolve details as small as six inches from an altitude of 20,000 feet (6km), ExtremeTech reports.

ARGUS is by far the highest-resolution surveillance platform in the world, and probably the highest-resolution camera in the world, period.

ARGUS, which would be attached to some kind of unmanned UAV (such as the Predator) and flown at an altitude of around 20,000 feet, can observe an area of 25 square kilometers (10sqmi) at any one time. If ARGUS was hovering over New York City, it could observe half of Manhattan. Two ARGUS-equipped drones, and the US could keep an eye on the entirety of Manhattan, 24/7.

[youtube height=”400″ width=”550″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGxNyaXfJsA[/youtube]

 

Source: http://www.kurzweilai.net/darpa-shows-off-1-8-gigapixel-surveillance-drone-can-spot-a-terrorist-from-20000-feet

2 comments

  1. ARGUS and other Wide Area Persistent Surveillance technologies are being used for domestic law enforcement purposes, here are links detailing proof:
    http://www.sncorp.com/pdfs/isr/vigilant_stare.pdf
    http://www.persistentsurveillance.com/lawenforcement.html
    http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-271748578.html
    you can also demo one of these systems at
    http://www.pixia.com/solutions/stare.php

  2. Meh. Even commercial satellites have 16 inch resolution from orbit. Presumably military satellites are even better. However, the issue is not collecting the data but processing it. If they can observe all of Manhattan, OK, that’s great, but can they pick out the ONE person they’re looking for from among the millions of people they can see?

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