US: Raytheon Company was awarded a USD 1.5 million Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract for phase one of the agency”s Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements (SeeMe) programme. During the next nine months, the company will complete the design for small satellites to enhance warfighter situational awareness in the battlespace.
The SeeMe programme will provide useful on-demand imagery information directly to the warfighter in the field from a low-cost satellite constellation launched on a schedule that conforms to Department of Defense operational tempos.
“Leveraging our state-of-the-art missile assembly lines, we can mass produce these small, lightweight satellites quickly and affordably,” said Tom Bussing, Raytheon Missile Systems” vice president of Advanced Missile Systems. “As the world”s only producer of exoatmospheric kill vehicles, we are already developing and building hardware to space standards.”
For this contract, Raytheon has teamed with Sierra Nevada Corporation, University of Arizona and SRI International to assist with design work and eventually production. Next year, in phase two of the SeeMe program, the Raytheon team would build six satellites for ground testing.
“We are pleased to be working with DARPA to solve the challenge of providing warfighters with a tactical space sensor capability at a production rate price,” said Bussing.