DARPA has released more details on the ARGUS-IS, a 1.8-gigapixel camera that will be attached to unmanned drones to spot targets as small as six inches at an altitude of 20,000 feet. The camera – which is one of the highest resolution systems in the world – can view ten square miles of terrain at a time and zoom in on targets with surprising clarity.
The camera uses 368 five-megapixel camera sensors aimed through a
telescopic array to pick out birds in flight and humans on the move
on the Earth’s surface. ARGUS stands for Autonomous Real-Time Ground
Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System.