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The US Recovers Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon’s Key Sensors

The US Recovers Suspected Chinese Spy Balloon’s Key Sensors

Following the destruction of the balloon on February 4, three additional unidentified objects have been shot down over North American airspace.

The United States claims to have recovered key sensors from the suspected Chinese spy balloon it shot down as tensions escalated between the two countries.

The Chinese balloon, which Beijing denies was a government spy vessel, flew over the United States and Canada for a week before President Joe Biden ordered its destruction off the coast of South Carolina.

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The northern command of the United States military issued the following statement: “Crews have been able to recover significant debris from the site, including all of the priority sensor and electronics pieces as well as large sections of the structure.”

Following the destruction of the balloon on February 4, three additional unidentified objects have been shot down over North American airspace.

The United States has admitted that a great deal about the most recent unmanned objects is unknown, including how they stay aloft, who constructed them, and whether or not they may have been collecting intelligence.

The White House has determined that China has an intelligence-gathering “high-altitude balloon program.”

According to the New York Times, the United States had been tracking the balloon since its launch from Hainan Island in southern China in late January.

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The newspaper reported that a suspected high-altitude Chinese surveillance balloon flew near sensitive US military sites in the Middle East last year, but it was sufficiently offshore to not be considered a threat.

According to reports, the Japanese government has concluded that an object that flew over its waters in January 2022 near the southwestern region of Kyushu was most likely a Chinese spy balloon.

The United States has not yet recovered any debris from the three most recent objects shot down, one of which crashed in ice and snow off the coast of Alaska.

One object was shot down over the Canadian Yukon territory.

Without elaboration, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated that the four aerial objects were interconnected.

He stated, “Clearly there is some sort of pattern there, and the fact that we’ve been observing this to a significant degree over the past week is cause for concern and close observation.

Washington refutes China’s claim that US high-altitude balloons have flown over its airspace more than ten times in the past year.

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What is currently known about flying objects:

• On February 4, the first object, which US officials believed to be a Chinese “spy” balloon, was shot down off the coast of North Carolina;

•10 February, a second object, described as “roughly the size of a compact car,” was spotted and destroyed by NORAD near Alaska;

• On 11 February, just one day later, a third unidentified object entered US airspace over Alaska before drifting over Canada and being shot down;

• On Sunday, US officials confirmed that another unidentified flying object was shot down by fighter jets over Lake Huron, close to the US-Canada border in Michigan.

Concerned that the latest object’s altitude and flight path could endanger civilian aircraft, a U.S. F-16 jet fired a missile at approximately 60,000ft at it.

• A senior US official, speaking anonymously, described the latest object as having “an octagonal structure with hanging strings but no discernible payload”

• Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stated last week that teams were seeking for the object shot down over his country.

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