Satellites, UAVs kept tight watch on bin Laden compound

Space and aerial reconnaissance produced images of people and infrastructure

Although it was human intelligence that made it possible to nail down the location of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, air- and space-based sensors gave the assault team a detailed view of the compound where the terrorist leader was living at the time and tracked the movements of the compound’s occupants, reports David Axe at Wired’s Danger Room blog.

The satellites and UAVs complemented each other, the blog states, with the satellites delivering excellent long-range snapshots, and the UAVs offering full-motion video.

It's also worth noting that the satellites gave the planners of the raid information about the compound’s infrastructure, and the UAVs tracked the movements of the people living at the compound.

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