The USAF is all set to roll-out a new UAS that carries not one, but nine full motion video cameras – enough to task an entire city:
The development of Gorgon Stare began about 18 months ago. It is based on the work of Air Force scientists who came up with the idea of stitching together views from multiple cameras shooting two frames per second at half-meter resolution. Currently full-motion video is shot at 30 frames per second from one camera mounted on a Predator or the larger Reaper drone. That makes for more fluid video, but also more difficulty in assembling frames quickly to get the wide-area view.
Technological advances now make it possible for a soldier on the ground to receive any portion of a panoramic view in real time, streamed to a portable device about the size of an iPad, Poss said. At the same time, nine other soldiers can get the same or a different view. The images will be stored so analysts can study them to determine, for instance, who planted an improvised bomb or what the patterns of life in a village are…
The Air Force is looking to mount wide-area surveillance cameras on airships that can stay aloft for up to two weeks.
“This is all cutting-edge technology that is being fielded in a short period of time,” said retired Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, who served as deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
Seems to me that they’ve solved the “T” in the TPED chain: Tasking, Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination.
Not quite sure how they’re going to solve the important bits that follow after.