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Pentagon Tests Mass Surveillance Balloons in US

September 13, 2019

Pentagon Tests Mass Surveillance Balloons in US

“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.”

“The balloons are carrying hi-tech radars designed to simultaneously track many individual vehicles day or night, through any kind of weather. The tests, which have not previously been reported, received an FCC license to operate from mid-July until September, following similar flights licensed last year.”

— “Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US,” Mark Harris, The Guardian


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Hello Kitty — In SPACE!

February 13, 2013

Hello Kitty -- In SPACE!

12-year-old Lauren Rojas of Antioch, California wanted to do a project for the seventh grade science fair, so she launched a Hello Kitty doll 93,625 feet into Space. Miss Rojas got a do-it-yourself balloon kit from High Altitude Science, an altimeter, thermometer, tracker and some video cameras. Here’s what her space mission looked like: