Sandia unveils new technology that detects IED’s

Sandia National Labs showed off new technology

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Sandia National Labs showed off new technology Monday it’s used to help save the lives of our troops overseas.

Engineers are using an old navy airplane that is no longer in use.

They attach a radar and GPS system to the aircraft.

Once it’s in the air, it’ll take a real-time image of the land, and then it will fly around a second time and take another image.

The two are then compared.

Disturbances from any human activity, Such as bearing an explosive device, can be seen.

This allows experts to interpret that image and find the device before it explodes.

“White indicates no change, and then dark area indicates a change. And here you can see a vehicle has driven into this area, and there’s actually a change associated with a tire track,” senior engineer, Bryan Burns said.

The system has been used before.

Now, it’s been upgraded and will soon be used by the Army.

Engineers said the system can pick up an object as small as a soda can from several miles away.

They said this technology can also be used to monitor borders between countries. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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