The Gunsan US Air Force Base in South Korea has all the typical features of an air force base, including a V-shaped reinforced aircraft bunker built at the southern end of the runway. There are also several inconspicuous square buildings in the Gunsan base. They are ammunition storage bunkers to protect bombs and missiles. When the weapons inside are detonated by fire, they can also prevent the fire from spreading.
A few days ago, the US “Popular Mechanics” monthly website published an article entitled “How to Reconnoit Military Bases from Space.” Former United States Army Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Director Keith Musbeck, a senior member of the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, demonstrated how to use satellite imagery to monitor any location on the earth.
Here are some tips for identifying military bases and other seemingly mysterious things in satellite images, which can be accessed through websites such as Google Maps.
Tip 1: Find a straight line
Masbeck said that nature rarely produces a straight line, so if you see a straight line in satellite images, it is an important sign of human activity in the area.
Tip 2: Identify rows of objects
Masbeck also recommends examining the images and paying attention to the unusually neat rows of objects, which usually indicate the presence of military bases. This structure is a product of military discipline and the actual need to track dangerous equipment.
Tip 3: Look at the runway
The military airport may be the easiest place to locate. These airports usually have a smaller footprint than international airports serving large cities, but their runways are no shorter than international airports. The number of military airport runways will also be doubled to prevent one of them from being damaged in battle.
Tip 4: Observe the water
The existence of an aircraft carrier undoubtedly indicates that this is a naval base.
Naval bases are also easy to spot-just look for ports and docks with slender hulls (or aircraft carriers). The US-Japan naval base in Yokosuka, Japan is a prominent example. It is easy to identify the USS Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier docked there. Another large ship nearby is the USS Blue Ridge. The handle command ship, you can also see several destroyers from the United States and Japan.
Two submarines of the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force are in the southwest. It can be seen that one is an Oyashio-class diesel-electric submarine with a traditional cross-shaped tail. The other submarine has two shorter tails, so it is a Canglong-class diesel-electric submarine with an X-shaped tail.
Tip 5: Find a parking lot
Want to find an army base? Take the Fort Carson, Colorado base where the US Army’s Fourth Infantry Division is located as an example. Army bases often look like self-sufficient communities, with many apartment buildings, very large vehicles parked in an orderly manner, and small airports for helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft to take off and land.
The base usually has a large brown area that looks like it has been repeatedly run over by tracked armored vehicles.