Friday, March 24, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Rogue Google balloon caused UFO scare


Posted on Sunday, 1 June, 2014 | Comment icon 11 comments

The test launch didn't go quite according to plan. Image Credit: YouTube / Project Loon
A prototype balloon malfunctioned during a test flight and generated a wave of UFO sighting reports.
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.

At the Smithsonian's "The Future is Here" festival in Washington in May, Google's Rich DeVaul talked about the incident and explained that the balloon had only been sent up for a test flight when it inexplicably malfunctioned and ended up "going rogue".

What resulted was a spate of UFO reports as the mysterious looking object floated across the state. The police were called on numerous occasions and government officials remained perplexed about what was happening. Over the course of 11 days the balloon traveled from California all the way to Canada, with UFO sightings going through the roof everywhere it went.

"If you want to start a secret stratospheric program, and one project goes rogue, you can outsource your tracking to the UFO guys," said DeVaul.

Source: Fox News | Comments (11)

Tags: Google, Balloon, UFO


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Silent Trinity on 1 June, 2014, 16:51
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
Comment icon #3 Posted by alfonso on 2 June, 2014, 7:03
maybe it really was a ufo .. and this is the only answer they could come up with to ease peoples minds .. a rogue balloon
Comment icon #4 Posted by Junior Chubb on 2 June, 2014, 8:53
This malfunctioning balloon does not give me much faith in the Google self driving car...
Comment icon #5 Posted by sam_comm on 2 June, 2014, 21:21
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.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Sweetpumper on 2 June, 2014, 21:22
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.
Comment icon #7 Posted by alfonso on 2 June, 2014, 22:04
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...
Comment icon #8 Posted by :PsYKoTiC:BeHAvIoR: on 3 June, 2014, 12:15
The balloon was part of Project Loon. It was doomed to become looney in the first place. Google called it.
Comment icon #9 Posted by sinewave on 3 June, 2014, 15:16
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?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Avanter on 1 October, 2014, 8:05
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. It is not registered. You can biuld it without restrictions.
Comment icon #11 Posted by lost_shaman on 1 October, 2014, 11:06
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. B... [More]


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5869355
252295
166315

 
Sleepwalker visits store, tries to buy melon
3-23-2017
A 23-year-old woman had to be escorted home by police after sleepwalking in to a local supermarket.
Scotland could be birthplace of the dinosaurs
3-23-2017
A major shakeup of the dinosaur family tree has suggested that they may have originated in the UK.
Video of giant chicken freaks out the Internet
3-23-2017
Footage of what appears to be an abnormally large chicken has gone viral after appearing on Twitter.
Trump signs new bill to send humans to Mars
3-22-2017
$19.5 billion has been authorized to support a renewed commitment to NASA's manned space program.
Featured book
 
By Guy Lyon Playfair
A look at the story of Peggy Hodgson and her four children who, between 1977 and 1979, were at the center of one of the most terrifying poltergeist cases ever documented.
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Searching for Japanese bats
Posted 3-23-2017 | 0 comments
The Rimizu limestone caves in Japan are an ideal place to look for hibernating bats.
 
ISS astronauts answer questions
Posted 3-22-2017 | 0 comments
Shane Kimbrough and Peggy Whitson discuss life in space and what they've been up to.
 
World's largest surfed wave
Posted 3-21-2017 | 1 comment
Extreme waterman Garrett McNamara surfed this 78ft wave in Portugal back in 2011.
 
How long do animals sleep ?
Posted 3-20-2017 | 3 comments
Some animals sleep for a mere two hours while others spend most of the day asleep.
 
Ocean volcanoes and alien life
Posted 3-19-2017 | 0 comments
Studying 'extremophiles' in Earth's harshest environments could teach us about life on other worlds.
 
 View: More videos
Stories & Experiences
My nightly occurrences
2-28-2017 | Manchester, UK
 
Saved by a stranger
2-7-2017 | Green River Wyoming
 
Spooky sense
2-4-2017 | India
 
Ghost car
2-4-2017 | Chicago, IL, USA
 
Mysterious powder
2-4-2017 | USA, North Carolina
 
Puerto Rico UFO sighting
2-4-2017 | Sabana Grande, Puerto Rico
 
Phantom vehicle
1-6-2017 | Ramer, United States
 
True ghost stories
1-6-2017 | Southern California
 
Floating tiles
1-6-2017 | Chewelah, Washington
 
A haunting in Northern California
12-28-2016 | Northern California
 

         More stories | Send us your story
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ