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Thank you for your interest in DARPA's SeeMe program! At this time both on-site and virtual registration for the SeeMe Industry Day meeting has reached capacity, and unfortunately no additional registrations can be accommodated.

Please note that all Industry Day briefings will be posted on the SeeMe program page approximately a week after the event:

http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/TTO/Programs/Space_Enabled_Effects_for_Military_Engagements_(SeeMe).aspx

 

Any technical or programmatic questions can be sent to DARPA-BAA-12-35@darpa.mil.


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Special Notice (SN) DARPA-SN-12-30: SeeMe Industry Day
 
Meeting Date: March 27, 2012
Registration Deadline:  Friday, March 23rd Noon EDT

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is sponsoring an Industry Day for the potential proposer community, in advance of a planned Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for the SeeMe program. The Industry Day will be held on March 27, 2012 at the Executive Conference Center, 4075 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 350, Arlington, VA from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

The goals of the Industry Day are: (a) to introduce the science and technology community (industry, academia, and Government) to the SeeMe program vision and goals; (b) to facilitate interaction between investigators that may have capabilities to develop elements of interest and relevance to the SeeMe goals; and (c) to encourage and promote teaming arrangements among organizations that have the relevant expertise, research facilities, and capabilities for executing research and development responsive to the SeeMe program goals. The Industry Day will include overview presentations by government personnel, poster sessions to facilitate interaction, and opportunities for team building among the participants.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVE AND DESCRIPTION:

Today, the lowest echelon members of the US military are unable to obtain on-demand satellite imagery in a timely manner, due to unavailability of satellite overflight opportunities, lack of information distribution channels, prioritization conflicts, and/or classification restrictions. At the same time, insurgents that operate against US warfighters worldwide are utilizing commercial imagery services to obtain information, providing them with an asymmetric advantage. The Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements (SeeMe) program aims to enable mobile individual US warfighters access to on-demand relevant space-based tactical information, providing the ability for small squads and fire-teams to maintain higher levels of pre-engagement information reliability in remote and beyond line of sight conditions. There is significant military utility in closing this information gap with persistent coverage and on-demand delivery, with the goal of driving up mission success probability and driving down personnel risk. The goal of the SeeMe program is to provide useful on-demand imaging information directly to the lowest echelon warfighter in the field from a very low cost satellite constellation launched on a schedule that conforms to DoD operational tempos. SeeMe will provide reliable and persistent information by using small, short-lived, very low cost satellites at low altitudes, networked into existing fielded communications systems and handheld platforms.

The SeeMe program will address potential ways to revolutionize the existing satellite build/launch model to achieve costs on par with a fractional airborne system. This will be done in several ways:

1. Decrease small satellite lifetime requirements by utilizing non-aerospace components with commercial off the shelf (COTS) reliability and commercial tempo refresh/obsolescence, to drive the economics to “disposability.”

2. Utilize non-traditional apertures (RF or optical) to lower cost and stowage requirements while increasing performance.   SeeMe will seek to increase effective tactical resolution through advanced apertures and lower altitudes.

3. Enable order of magnitude increase in satellite flight rate by using aircraft-like rapid launch systems (i.e., Airborne Launch Assist Space Access [ALASA]). SeeMe will demonstrate conformance with actual DoD operational tempos, with an entire constellation built via a production methodology and delivered on a representative pre-engagement schedule.

SeeMe consists of efforts in multiple technical areas, initially executed independently (in Phase 1) and later integrated together (in Phase 2) as a functional satellite constellation to be launched by the ALASA launch system (in Phase 3). Notionally, three technical areas are: COTS-based production capable satellite bus, non-traditional membranes and apertures, and an air-launched integration and logistics study. The program will culminate with an on-orbit demonstration in 2014-2015 of a complete constellation of 24 SeeMe satellites. 

POSTER SESSION

Workshop participants are strongly encouraged to prepare posters describing their capabilities in order to facilitate communications, interactions, and teaming discussions during the poster session. Potential participants should note that formation of teams going into Phase 2 with sufficient expertise to address one or all of the major technical areas described in the forthcoming BAA may be critical to the success of the SeeMe program.
 
Poster abstracts are required and must be included with your registration.  Poster abstract submissions must include a brief narrative description of capabilities.  A maximum of twenty posters (no larger than 4ft. by 4 ft.) can be accommodated at the meeting site.
 
REGISTRATION INFORMATION: 
 
There is no registration fee for attending this workshop.  Registration closes on Friday, March 23rd at Noon EDT.

Due to space limitations, attendance is limited to the first 75 registrants, and no more than two representatives per organization business unit are allowed to attend. The Industry Day meeting is unclassified and open to the general public. All attendees are required to present government-issued photo identification upon entry to the event. Non-US citizens are required to submit a DARPA Form 60 “Foreign National Visit Request,” which will be emailed to them after they register. The completed DARPA Form 60 must be emailed in .pdf format to: DARPA-BAA-12-35@darpa.mil prior to the close of registration on March 23rd. 
 
VIRTUAL CONNECTION:

There is an option to observe the SeeMe Industry Day meeting via a virtual connection using Adobe Connect. This connection will provide a live feed of the meeting audio, video, and Industry Day briefings but will not allow for any participation in the discussions. Those wishing to access this feed are required to sign up as virtual attendees on the registration website. The URL, user name and password will be assigned prior to the meeting day. This option is limited to those who cannot travel to the meeting, and registration is limited to no more than two representatives per organization.  Questions can be submitted during and after the meeting to DARPA-BAA-12-35@darpa.mil address, and will be rolled up into a consolidated list of answers from Industry Day and provided on the website, prior to BAA release.

All administrative and technical questions should be directed to DARPA-BAA-12-35@darpa.mil. Please refer to the SeeMe Industry Day Workshop Special Notice number (DARPA-SN-12-30) in all correspondence.

For assistance with registration or other questions pertaining to the SeeMe Industry day, please contact:
 
Industry Day Coordinators:
Janine Bruhn
Srimal W. Choi
Jesse Margiotta

The Program Manager for this effort is:
David Barnhart

This SN is issued solely for information and potential new program planning purposes; the SN does not constitute a formal solicitation for proposals or proposal abstracts. In accordance with FAR 15.201(e), responses to this notice are not offers and cannot be accepted by the Government to form a binding contract. Submission is voluntary and is not required to propose to subsequent Broad Agency Announcements (if any) or research solicitations (if any) on this topic. DARPA will not provide reimbursement for costs incurred in responding to this SN. Respondents are advised that DARPA is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information received, or provide feedback to respondents with respect to any information submitted under this SN. In the event of a BAA or other solicitation, all information submitted in response to the SN will be considered public information and will be provided on a public website. NO PROPRIETARY OR CLASSIFIED INFORMATION SHOULD BE INCLUDED IN THE SN RESPONSE. It is the responder’s responsibility to ensure the material has been approved for public release by the organization that funded the research. DARPA appreciates responses from all capable and qualified sources including but not limited to universities, university affiliated research centers, and private or public companies.