Amazing 1.8 gigapixel camera that I saw in a Nova show on drones – extract in video below.
Here is how DARPA describes ARGUS
“The Autonomous Real-time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance-Imaging System (ARGUS-IS) program is developing a real-time, high-resolution, wide-area video surveillance system that provides the warfighter a minimum of 65 VGA video windows across the field of view. Each video window is electronically steerable independent of the others, and can either provide continuous imagery of a fixed area on the ground or be designated to automatically keep a specified target (dismount or vehicle) in the window.”
The DARPA web page also shows a (somewhat) high resolution of the Quantico, VA map shown in the video.
This will change surveillance, pipeline monitoring, drought tracking and so many other non-defense related activities. Also imagine the Big Data projects that the stored images will spawn!