Eye in the Sky

eye-in-the-skyIn 2004, when casualties in Iraq were rising due to roadside bombs, Ross McNutt and his team came up with an idea. With a small plane and a 44 mega-pixel camera, they figured out how to watch an entire city all at once, all day long. Whenever a bomb detonated, they could zoom onto that spot and then, because this eye in the sky had been there all along, they could scroll back in time and see – literally see – who planted it. After the war, Ross McNutt retired from the Air Force, and brought this technology back home with him. Should we use it?
Produced by Andy Mills. Guests: Alex Goldmark and Manoush Zomorodi

Radiolab | 12th September 2016