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Rogue Google balloon caused UFO scare


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#1    UM-Bot

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 01:17 PM

The prototype malfunctioned during a test flight and generated numerous UFO sighting reports.

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Launched over California in 2012 as part of Project Loon, Google's effort to bring high-speed Internet to rural locations, the 'Falcon 11' balloon was a brand new prototype resembling a 120ft cylinder made from a thin transparent plastic.

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Posted 01 June 2014 - 01:32 PM

I sometimes think Google is governed by a team of balloons.


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Posted 01 June 2014 - 04:51 PM

Hmm my apologies for being an old cynic, but doesn't it make sense for their balloon to go 'Rogue'? Surely they will generate a lot more publicity for the stunt if it is linked to waves of mass UFO hysteria?

Or maybe I am just creating my own conspiracy theory lol :innocent:

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 07:03 AM

maybe it really was a ufo .. and this is the only answer they could come up with to ease peoples minds .. a rogue balloon


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 08:53 AM

This malfunctioning balloon does not give me much faith in the Google self driving car...

I've flown from one side of this galaxy to the other. I've seen a lot of strange stuff, but I've never seen anything to show me where the hell Helen of Annoy has been for the past couple of months.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 09:21 PM

View Postalfonso, on 02 June 2014 - 07:03 AM, said:

maybe it really was a ufo .. and this is the only answer they could come up with to ease peoples minds .. a rogue balloon

It should be noted that UFO means an Unidentified Flying Object and not necesserely flying saucer or spacecraft. So yes, Google's protype ballon would be a UFO, if unidentified.

Edited by sam_comm, 02 June 2014 - 09:22 PM.


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Posted 02 June 2014 - 09:22 PM

View Postsam_comm, on 02 June 2014 - 09:21 PM, said:

It should be noted that UFO means an Unidentified Flying Object and not necesserely flying saucer or spacecraft.

There it is! Thanks for clearing that up.

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Posted 02 June 2014 - 10:04 PM

View Postsam_comm, on 02 June 2014 - 09:21 PM, said:

It should be noted that UFO means an Unidentified Flying Object and not necesserely flying saucer or spacecraft. So yes, Google's protype ballon would be a UFO, if unidentified.
thanks!.. a would never of guessed in a million years...


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Posted 03 June 2014 - 12:15 PM

The balloon was part of Project Loon. It was doomed to become looney in the first place. Google called it.

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Posted 03 June 2014 - 03:16 PM

View Postalfonso, on 02 June 2014 - 10:04 PM, said:

thanks!.. a would never of guessed in a million years...

You would be surprised how may people just don't get that distinction.

While we are on the subject, referring to your post #4, how do you define UFO?

Edited by sinewave, 03 June 2014 - 03:18 PM.


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Posted 01 October 2014 - 08:05 AM

I saw an object like this fliying from west to east on summer 2013, along south spain coast.

I don,t know if it was a UFO or a Google device, but it gave me an idea about how to make  cheap hight quality earth photos :

A bog transparent ballon. A gyroscope  device to keep upmthe solar array, and down the camera and transmission wifi  equipment, let say an smartphone.

Then it will travel across the world making pictures for few money. Satallite photos are very expensives.


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Posted 01 October 2014 - 11:06 AM

View Postsinewave, on 03 June 2014 - 03:16 PM, said:



You would be surprised how may people just don't get that distinction.

While we are on the subject, referring to your post #4, how do you define UFO?

How would you define a UFO?

Last week there was a high altitude NASA balloon in the sky here. I knew what it was but told a co-worker there was a "UFO" in the sky.

She looked at it after i explained why it wasnt a Star and then she said... "Well if it flies away then ill believe its a UFO."

She was correct.  She instinctively understood that just because she didnt know what it was didnt make it a UFO.

Most people don't know what they are seeing. But a UFO must defy prosaic explanation by definition.

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