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Raytheon’s SeeMe Satellite Successfully Delivered to DARPA

By Annamarie Nyirady | October 4, 2018
Raytheon is producing small satellites on its advanced, automated missile production lines. Photo: Raytheon

Raytheon producing small satellites on its automated missile production lines. Photo: Raytheon

Raytheon delivered the first Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements (SeeMe), satellite to the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Assembled on the company’s missile production lines, the new SeeMe satellite aims to provide greater situational awareness to soldiers on the ground.

DARPA’s SeeMe program is designed to show that small satellites can be built affordably to give small squads timely tactical imagery directly from a small satellite. A future constellation of small satellites could deliver high-resolution images of precise locations of interest to the soldier’s handheld device. Using its automated missile production lines, Raytheon can build large numbers of these small satellites quickly and affordably.

DARPA will integrate the Raytheon-built SeeMe satellite onto a Spaceflight Industries payload that will be launched into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) on a SpaceX rocket later this year. Military users will have an opportunity to evaluate the satellite’s performance during missions in early 2019. Eventually, a SeeMe constellation may comprise several types of small satellites, each lasting one to five years before de-orbiting and burning up, leaving no space debris and causing no re-entry hazard.