Tracking Mystery Balloons Back to their Origin

Amir Siraj of Harvard University is working with the Galileo Project to identify meteors of interstellar origin and recover debris that survived atmospheric entry for analysis. At the other end of the velocity spectrum, he has been using data from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s HYSPLIT (Hybrid Single-Particle Lagrangian Integrated Trajectory) atmospheric flow model to track the slow-moving unidentified objects recently shot down by the intrepid warriors of the U.S. Air Force back to their possible points of origin.

The backward trajectories of the objects shot down over Lake Huron and in the Yukon both intersect northeast China.

Further analysis shows that the trajectories are consistent with both objects having been launched from Red China’s balloon launch site in Inner Mongolia at 06:00 UTC on 2023-02-08.

It has now been confirmed that all of these “unidentified objects” were moving with the wind and have no evidence of propulsion capability. Since they were observed floating in the air, they must have been lighter than air, and hence balloons.

Here is a Wall Street Journal article about the Chinese balloon program, including a satellite photo of the Mongolia balloon base.

Meanwhile, the New York Post reports “UFO shot down by $400K US missile may have been a $12 hobby balloon: report”:

One of the UFOs shot down last weekend by the US Air Force with a $400,000 missile may have simply been a $12 balloon belonging to an Illinois enthusiast club, a report said.

The Northern Illinois Bottlecap Balloon Brigade told Aviation Week on Thursday that it fears one of its diligently tracked gasbags that recently went missing was the mystery object taken out by the military over Canada on Saturday.

The Pico Balloon — a silver-coated, cylindrically shaped object — reported its last position at 38,910 feet off the west coast of Alaska on Friday.

By Saturday, based on the balloon’s projected path, it would have been over the central part of the Yukon Territory around the same time a military Lockheed Martin F-22 shot down an unidentified object of a similar description and altitude in the same area of Canada, the outlet reported.

Here is how to build your own picoballon and help the Imperial Aerial Intrusion Defenders give another US$ 400,000 missile back to the taxpayers.

Did you know you can make a solar balloon out of black trashbags and float it up to the sky purely using the Sun’s heat? A solar balloon launched in Antarctica in 2011 reached an altitude of 14 km. Add a radar retroreflector made of a couple of sheets of aluminium foil and wait for the fun to start.


This would make for an interesting exercise in civil disobedience/resistance to (take your pick) some government overreach. Imagine the result if 100,000 or so of these were launched on a given day. Maybe heads in (brain)wash -ington would explode?


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