The work has been commissioned by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency for its Space Enabled Effects for Military Engagements program.
ATK said it is working with Logos Technologies, Inc. and the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute on the research.
"This award allows ATK to demonstrate our ability to deliver on every aspect of design, development and integration for low-cost, low-risk flight systems," said ATK Space Systems Division Vice President and General Manager Tom Wilson.
"We have proven ourselves as an industry leader in developing cost-effective spacecraft systems and tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance programs through the success of the military's TacSat-3 and ORS-1 programs. Our team is prepared to provide similar innovative solutions to DARPA in its mission to provide large global coverage to warfighters at lower cost."
ATK said it plans to take algorithms for image processing used on unmanned aerial vehicles and transfer them for use on the SeeMee satellites.