DARPA goes bargain shopping for satellite parts

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency wants parts for inexpensive, disposable satellites that can furnish spaced-based imagery to soldiers in remote locations around the globe, reports Katie Drummond at Wired’s Danger Room blog.

The Pentagon’s research arm is reaching out to the communications, medical, auto racing and other industries for technologies that will allow it to rapidly develop satellite technologies faster than it could through its traditional acquisition cycles.

The Space Enabled Effects of Military Engagement, or SeeMe, program ultimately would establish a constellation of two dozen satellites in low orbit for the purpose of providing warfighters in remote areas with better access to intelligence.

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