Monday, May 9, 2011
Unless you've been living under a rock or in a cave you undoubtedly have heard about the death of Osama Bin Laden. Codenamed operation: Neptune's Spear, the raid on his compound was a 38 minute mission executed in total darkness by Team Six with one main objective. This precise and thoroughly planned out mission took months of preparation and top secret technology.
What I find most intriguing about the raid is the technology that the elite team of navy seals called Team Six used to swiftly get in and get out undetected before anyone even knew about it. A team so highly ranked that you can't apply or sign up to join, you have to be recruited. This team is one of the United States' two secretive Tier One counter-terrorism and Special Mission Units; the other group being Delta Force. Before the world knew about this event, technically, they did not exist. Utilizing stealth drones, hyperspectral image sensors, miniaturized high definition helmet cameras, terrain-following radar, surveillance systems, top secret stealth helicopters and much, much more, they were able to infiltrate and exit without a hitch.
As of right now mention of only some of the high tech equipment has been released to the public and media. The rest is classified to the highest extent to keep away from enemy intelligence. Every bit of equipment and tech used in this operation was stealth based and completely undetected by radar. While Team Six was nearly invisible, everything in and around the terrorist compound was completely visible and detectable to them through the use of hyperspectral imaging. Hyperspectral is the spectrum of light that our naked eyes cannot see and is above or beyond the spectrum that we normally can see. We are only able to see a small sliver of the light that bounces of objects, but with the help of the right devices and an expert staff of people backing them up behind the scenes, we can expose objects and people that don't want to be in sight. Such as the case with this mission.
How does this relate to our legal practices here at WIN Interactive you might ask yourself? Well, we specialize in using the latest advancements in technology to create and display a series of events, bringing documented evidence to life. A lot of the technology released into the public for business and personal use originates from governmental purposes. For instance, what is now known as the internet originated in 1958 from a network of radar systems to further advancements in research for the US to regain technological lead after the USSR launched Sputnik. This then lead to the interconnection of computers that linked different areas of government together to ensure the survivability of communication networks.
A technology such as hyperspectral imaging would be of great value to the creation of court room presentations. The ability to look under the rubble of a collapsed home or seeing in the rooms of a condemned building that aren't safe to be inside of, would be extremely useful. A 3D artist would then be able to recreate how the place once looked or looks at that particular time without getting in harm's way. We might not be using stealth drones and hyperspectral radar sensor equipment for courtroom presentations, but it's likely that derivatives of some of these classified technologies will one day trickle down into practical uses that we can implement into our high tech demonstrations here in the future at WIN Interactive.