A Boeing A160 Hummingbird drone. This rotor-based aircraft is capable of vertical take-offs and landings. The craft is affixed with the DARPA-developed ARGUS-IS imaging system -- which boasts a 1.8 gigapixel camera that can "track people and vehicles from altitudes above 20,000 feet."
Engineers build 50 gigapixel camera By synchronizing 98 tiny cameras in a single device, electrical engineers from Duke University and the University of Arizona have developed a prototype camera that can create images with unprecedented detail.
From an altitude of 20,000 ft, DARPA's newest aerial surveillance camera, ARGUS-IS, can keep a real-time video eye on an area 4.5 miles (7.2 km) across down to a resolution of about six inches (15 cm).
DARPA’s 1.8-Gigapixel Camera “ARGUS-IS” Revealed, Can Track Humans From 20,000 Feet In Sky - Recently PBS Nova has posted a video entitled "Rise of the Drones", revealing intriguing information about DARPA's 1.8-gigapixel surveillance camera, ARGUS-IS. [Click on Image Or Source on Top to See Full News]