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High altitude object shot down

Old 10th Feb 2023, 18:45
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High altitude object shot down

Appears they have bagged another over Alaska.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-64605447.amp
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Done! A finger pointed at North Korea.
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High altitude object shot down

Another weather balloon?

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-64605447
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Originally Posted by Stockportcounty
Appears they have bagged another over Alaska.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-64605447.amp

Doesn't mention anything about it being a balloon this time ... maybe it was "something else" ...?
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Doesn't mention anything about it being a balloon this time ... maybe it was "something else" ...?
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Shoot down by F-22A with AIM-9X just confirmed by Pentagon.
Object was of unknown origin.
HC-130 + HH-60 + CH-47 involved in search / recovery of debris.
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NOTAM (Temporary Flight Restrictions) issued for Deadhorse/Prudhoe Bay (Alaska) area today. Apparently the location of the search for wreckage of the current downed object (possibly offshore on sea ice).

https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_3_4481.html
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Originally Posted by _Agrajag_
Interesting that the second device shot down today was said to not be a balloon.
Actually, the official briefings thus far have declined to characterize it at all. Ruling nothing in or out, except as "an object." Although it was mentioned numerous times that the object was "about the size of a small car." Which would comport with the more standard weather balloons you mentioned.

At any rate, there are helos enroute to pick up the pieces, and presumably we'll have some clearer information released then (or, of course, not).
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He said a fighter jet had approached the object and assessed there was nobody onboard
So it seems reasonable to assume that photos were taken of it, albeit not yet shared with the media.
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Old 10th Feb 2023, 20:43
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Anyone taking bets on how long it will take a YouTuber to pull a prank with something like this? Watched a YouTube video last year. Bloke faked an engine failure in a light aircraft. Baled out (he just happened to be wearing a skydiving rig) and videoed the crash. Did the whole thing to get clicks and earn money.

If tosspots will do stuff like that for clicks, then there has to be a good chance one of them will stage a "weather balloon" prank.
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Also running in the previous China Balloon thread - mods may want to slice and dice to either combine the subjects, or separate them entirely here.
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Size of a small car and at 40K ft. How did this object achieve gravitational status quo one might ask...
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Size of a small car and at 40K ft.
​​​​​​​Musk's Tesla falling back from space?
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Old 10th Feb 2023, 20:51
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They announced that the object had no visible means of propulsion, and was the size of a “small car” which seems quite small for a balloon. Waiting for the photo though.

Wouldn’t it be something if they shot down one of those mysterious little UFOs that have been buzzing ships lately?
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Size of a small car and at 40K ft. How did this object achieve gravitational status quo one might ask...
The Pentagon spokesman seemed confused this from the BBC report:
Pentagon press secretary Brigadier General Pat Ryder confirmed that an F-22 jet shot down the object - which was moving at an unknown speed - with a sidewinder missile at 13:45 EST (18:45 GMT).

Mr Ryder said a significant amount of debris had been recovered so far. It was being loaded onto vessels and taken to "labs for subsequent analysis," he said, which "will prove helpful to our further understanding of this balloon and its surveillance capabilities".

Officials have not yet determined whether the object was involved in surveillance, and Mr Kirby corrected a reporter who referred to it as a balloon.



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Re-entry?
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Size of a small car and at 40K ft. How did this object achieve gravitational status quo one might ask...
Well there is this - and it is a civil UAV. One wonders what the classified military/CIA/FSB/PLA record for UAV flight is?)

https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com...drone-aircraft

As to Tusk's sports car - yeah, that connection occured to me also.
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As to Tusk's sports car - yeah, that connection occured to me also.
But it was put into orbit wasn't it. If it was at 40k then it must have reentered the atmosphere and what was left of it would only have been at 40k transiently on a downward trajectory.

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Old 10th Feb 2023, 21:29
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But it was put into orbit wasn't it. If it was at 40k then it must have reentered the atmosphere and what was left of it would only have been at 40k transiently on a downward trajectory.
The Tesla would have burned up in seconds upon Re-entry probably well above 40Kno retro rocket, no heat shield, no parachute, Besides dont they track everything in orbit even a floating glove?
Funny content however.
Thanks for the laugh. (It came down faster than the stock price!
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But it was put into orbit wasn't it. If it was at 40k then it must have reentered the atmosphere and what was left of it would only have been at 40k transiently on a downward trajectory.

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You did note the "smiley?
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Plus it was put into a solar orbit, not an Earth one.
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