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ONR wants vastly improved sensors

Sep. 10, 2013 - 12:38PM   |  
By Michael Peck   |   Comments
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The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is soliciting proposals for improved spectral sensors. The announcement for SPRITE (Spectral and Reconnaissance Imagery for Tactical Exploitation) calls for an integrated payload compatible with the RQ-21 Integrator UAV payload.

ONR wants SPRITE to provide very high coverage rate spectral sensing in the shortwave infrared band, have the ability to monitor an area of at least 12 square kilometers with sufficient resolution to detect and track dismounted personnel, and provide autonomous identification of objects and human behaviors that can be processed onboard the UAV and transmitted to troops in an easily read format, such as an image with text overlays.

ONR also wants systems that will not restrict a UAV to orbital, line or any other flight path.

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