For hunters who get lost in the woods, the big three of survival are shelter, fire and signal. A man-made shelter can be as simple as a garbage bag, poncho or space blanket, or more elaborate, such as a debris hut or a lean-to.
During the winter months materials to construct a shelter can be hard to find, therefore using the snow around you to build a shelter can protect you from the elements. For the past few years, DARPA has been working on a system called ARGUS-IR, or Autonomous Real-Team Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance a€“ Infrared, which can takeA video over an area that is so superA high resolution a€” 1.8 gigapixels a€” it would take a fleet of 100 Predator drones to produce the same images. A PBS documentaryA last year explored the program, which uses hundreds of cell phone cameras linked together into a sophisticated rig. Current infrared systems either have a narrow field of view, slow frame rates or are low resolution. In July, the Air Force made the first step toward making ARGUS a reality with the implementation of the Gorgon Stare Increment 2 pod on the MQ-9 Reaper.


When an operator wants to zoom in, the system places boxes over cars, people, and other objects and tracks them in real time. Depending on the shelter you build, make sure it is clearly marked with blaze orange or a color not normally found in the woods.
Either using a snow drift, or piling snow into a large pile, a snow shelter can be constructed to help you survive if lost in the woods. Mounted underneath an RQ-4 Global Hawk for example, ARGUS could loiter over an area at 17,500 feet and capture images as small as six inches square on the ground, effectively being able to tell the color of the shirt you are wearing.
DARPAa€™s Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance a€“ Infrared (ARGUS-IR) program will break this paradigm by producing a wide-field-of-view IR imaging system with frame rates and resolution that are compatible with the tracking of dismounted personnel at night.
To mark a shelter you can, use blaze orange flagging tape, a blaze orange vest or some article of clothing that is brightly colored.
Make sure to clearly mark your location with blaze orange flagging tape so that rescuers can easily spot your location.


ARGUS-IR will provide at least 130 independently steerable video streams to enable real-time tracking of individual targets throughout the field of view. BI Intelligence takes an in-depth look at the most important aspects, including market forecasts for commercial applications, regulatory process, and the leading players.
The ARGUS-IR system will also provide continuous updates of the entire field of view for enhanced situational awareness.



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