When intelligence-gathering matures from finding and following an individual or vehicle to monitoring entire groups to understand their intent, the narrow, “soda straw” field-of-view of conventional video sensors becomes a severe limitation. With the deployment of multi-camera systems such as Sierra Nevada's Gorgon Stare on the General Atomics MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aircraft, the U.S. military is gaining experience with the situational awareness provided by wide-area airborne ...

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