U.S. and Canada monitor “unknown radar” flying over Texas
The U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) reported Saturday that it is conducting “routine operations” to investigate the trail of a “unknown radar” flying over the state of Texas.
The organization formed by Canada and the United States, which provides defense and air control for all of North America, explained through a statement that after detecting the object this March 25 it launched. an operation with an aircraft to visually investigate the situation.
“Norad’s aircraft identified a small object in the air as a hobbyist’s ‘balloon beak’ and assessed that the object did not pose an immediate military threat nor a danger to flight safety,” he explained.
The ‘pico balloons’ are flying objects made of ultralight and small-sized plastic on which transmitters or other types of electronics can be suspended, and are frequently used to carry out meteorological research.
Norad explained that “will continue to track and monitor the object.” and that it is “in close coordination” with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to ensure safety.
Chinese balloon crisis
The event comes a month and a half after the U.S. in February shot down a Chinese ‘spy’ balloon which flew over its territory for several days and which, according to China, was part of a civilian mission in search of meteorological data.
A version that the government of Joe Biden did not take as valida situation that strained relations between the two nations to the maximum.
In the wake of this event, the U.S. raised controls in its airspace and carried out several operations to destroy aircraft flying over the country.
For its part, in February Canada also shot down an unknown object which violated the country’s airspace and which was flying at high altitudeannounced Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
The device was detected by Norad and shot down while flying over Yukon, the country’s Northwest Territory, bordering Alaska.