Why are we not hearing from the entities launching these then? I’d think they’d be screaming by now. If professional, these probably are beau coup expensive. Speaking of expense, these missiles aren’t party favors (to pop balloons?).
If it is weather balloons (or other research balloons), you would think that their status could be easily verified. Like, if you are launching a weather balloon, don’t you have to file a notice with some kind of aviation authority with information on size, anticipated altitude, etc?
Also, if it’s true, Chinese propagandists will have a field day with it. Government wasting taxpayer dollars? Getting North Americans to panic? Government doing things based on political expediency rather than hard information? Unfortunately it is a bad look no matter how you slice it.
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This is not a balloon you could order from Amazon.
Yeah, the largest I can find on Amazon is only about 8.5 meters (around 28’) in diameter, so no where near the 200’ estimate of the one that set off this whole mess. Still, it’s relatively large and might be fun to float one of them over the homes of some of the paranoid RWNJs out there. I mean, certainly don’t do such a thing because that would be wrong.
Radiosonde instrument that is lifted into the atmosphere via a large hydrogen filled balloon.Download ImageIn order to understand the dynamic processes that result in the weather we experience, we need to know what is happening through the entire...