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Google balloon causes UFO scare in Colombia


Posted on Thursday, 16 March, 2017 | Comment icon 4 comments

Project Loon aims to provide Internet access to rural areas. Image Credit: YouTube / Project Loon
Tolima province residents were left terrified after a mysterious object crash-landed near their homes.
The 'UFO', as it turned out, was actually part of Google's Project Loon - an ongoing endeavour which aims to extend Internet connectivity to people living in rural and remote areas.

"We all thought it was a UFO or the remains of a spacecraft," one of the locals told a reporter.


Under normal circumstances, Google's Loon balloons can be found positioned high up in the stratosphere at an altitude of around 18km.

The project's name "Loon" is based on the fact that even Google itself believes that attempting to provide broadband to over five billion people in rural areas is an almost impossible task.

Source: BBC News | Comments (4)

Tags: Google, Loon, UFO


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by highdesert50 on 16 March, 2017, 14:26
This really needed to occur in Roswell, New Mexico. It has been nearly seventy years since the Project Mogul balloon crashed and the well is running a bit dry.
Comment icon #2 Posted by paperdyer on 16 March, 2017, 19:03
Maybe these balloons are some of the other UFO sightings that get reported.
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer on 16 March, 2017, 19:05
@highdesert50 I'm surprised, that as a Conspiracy Theorist, you believe the Roswell balloon cover story.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Krater on 17 March, 2017, 5:02
"Cover story"? Foil now comes in heavy duty for your new hat. Those South and Central Americans love their balloon "UFOs".


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