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The air force always planned to upgrade with the increment 2 system, by incorporating a new sensor developed jointly by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and BAE Systems called the ARGUS-IS.
Coverage area provided by the ARGUS-IS – autonomous real-time ground ubiquitous surveillance imaging system – grows to up to 100km2. It fuses data collected by 368 cameras capable of capturing 5 million pixels each, to create a composite image of about 1.8 billion pixels, according to Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, whose research led to the DARPA programme.
The Increment 2 system incorporates an electro-optical sensor derived from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and BAE Systems' Argus technology, and an infrared sensor manufactured by Exelis, according to the USAF. Increment 2 Gorgon Stare was deployed in Afghanistan earlier this year, the USAF added.
originally posted by: Sammamishman
a reply to: howmuch4another
It may be that ARGUS uses two sensor balls but I think the ARGUS upgrade was to the existing Gorgon Stare sensor and still maintained the original system characteristics.
In January 2011, it was announced that the program wasn't performing to expectations, and included faults such as "a large black triangle moving throughout the image," due to failure to combine the images taken by the multiple cameras, inferior image quality compared to older systems, a problematic night-vision system, inability to track people on the surface, and delays of up to eighteen seconds in sending data to the ground.