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originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: luthier
Why? You don't need that level of coverage. It's also ridiculously expensive and difficult to do. The biggest threat to DC are missiles, either cruise missiles or ICBMs, and we have ways to watch for them separate from the radar covering DC. No military has the capability to get aircraft into the DC area without us seeing them coming long before they get there. There's a system in place, and it works. It worked today, and it's worked other days.
a reply to: Zaphod58
Scientists have now shown that the highest resolution satellite imagery is capable of "seeing" these birds from space, allowing researchers to count their numbers on remote islands directly from satellite images without ever having to go there.
This is the first time that satellites have been used to count individual birds from space.