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Exclusive: the Pentagon is testing mass surveillance balloons across the midwest

 
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Exclusive: the Pentagon is testing mass surveillance balloons across the midwest
The US military is conducting wide-area surveillance tests across six midwest states using experimental high-altitude balloons, documents filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) reveal.

Up to 25 unmanned solar-powered balloons are being launched from rural South Dakota and drifting 250 miles through an area spanning portions of Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Missouri, before concluding in central Illinois.

Travelling in the stratosphere at altitudes of up to 65,000ft, the balloons are intended to “provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats”, according to a filing made on behalf of the Sierra Nevada Corporation, an aerospace and defence company
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Re: Exclusive: the Pentagon is testing mass surveillance balloons across the midwest
All fun and games ... until some passenger jet runs into one while traveling 600 mph and crashes as a result.





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