Published: Feb. 13, 2023
Iain Boyd

Iain Boyd was interviewed by national and international outlets on the balloon from China that overflew the United States.

A professor in the Ann and H.J. Smead Department of Aerospace Engineering Sciences, Boyd is also the director of the CU Boulder Center for National Security Initiatives.

He spoke to multiple reporters on the highly unusual action by China last week and what we can learn from studying the wreckage.

"It would be very surprising if there's any technology on that platform that the US does not already have some equivalent form of, but it does give the potential to give the intelligence services here an understanding of the technological maturity that the Chinese have for these kinds of applications," he said.

“Part of me also wonders whether China really decided to do this provocative act as it underestimated the strength of the response from the US and the broad international interest in this story."

  1. BBC - Chinese balloon: What investigators might learn from the debris
  2. Scientific American: Why We’re Suddenly Spotting Spy Balloons
  3. Deutsche-Welle: How does a spy balloon work and how is it different from a satellite?
  4. CBS Colorado:  Aerospace professor says Chinese spy bubble is a "political message"
  5. The Globe and Mail: The Chinese spy balloon is the latest chapter in the history of high-altitude espionage and surveillance
  6. VICE news: Weather Balloon Gone Rogue or Spy Vessel at Work? We Ask the Experts
  7. Stars and Stripes: Balloon incident shows ‘deep distrust’ between US and China, could yield ‘treasure trove’ of intel, experts say
  8. Australian Broadcasting Corporation: US authorities work to recover remnants of suspected Chinese spy balloon
  9. Dow-Jones Market Watch: Spy balloon incident was a ‘coordinated effort to gather intelligence,’ former NORAD operations director says
  10. ABC News Daily Podcast:  China's eyes in the sky