Mapping Subterranean Environments
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For First Responders and Soldiers
The US Defense Department's Advanced Research Projects Agency, DARPA, is seeking new commercial technologies to map in 3D underground environments. The environments include caves, manmade tunnels and other underground structures like subways. There is a dual need: for first responders and soldiers.
3D Mapping and Surveying
DARPA wants both 3D mapping and surveying. They just put out a request for information. There are a number of conditions DARPA wants to overcome in these environments to enable a more safe and rapid response from rescue teams and combat soldiers. The problems include GPS not working, narrow passages, darkness and dangerous, limited access.
Top of the Line Available Commercial Technology
DARPA wants highly accurate geolocation data on targeted areas and high resolution georeferenced surveys. They are particularly interested in top of the line, available commercial technology.
This is another part of DARPA's 3 year challenge for systems and technologies to quickly search difficult underground areas and adequately map them to give soldiers and first responders more safe passage to perform their missions.