The North American Aerospace Defense Command (Norad) announced this Saturday that it is carrying out “training operations” to investigate the tracks of an “unknown radar” that flies over the state of Texas.
The organization established by Canada and the United States, which provides defense and air power to all of North America, explained in a statement that after the object was detected on March 25, an operation was launched with an airplane to visually investigate the situation.
“Norad Airport has identified a small amateur aerial object ‘pico balloon’ and has assessed that the object does not pose an immediate military threat or flight safety hazard,” he explained.
“Pitch Balloons” are small, ultra-light plastic flying objects in which transmitters or other types of electronic components can be suspended, and are frequently used to carry out meteorological research.
Norad explained that it “will continue to investigate and monitor the matter” and “in close coordination” with the US Federal Aviation Administration to ensure safety.
The event occurred a month and a half after the United States shot down a Chinese “explorer” balloon in February, which flew over its territory for several days, and which, according to China, was part of a civilian mission in search of meteorological data.
The version that the government of Joe Biden received was not so strong, a situation that forced the relations of the two countries to the maximum.
As a result of this event, the United States raised control over its airspace and initiated several operations to destroy aircraft that were flying across the country.
For its part, in February, Canada also shot down an object of unknown origin that violated the country’s airspace and was flying at a high altitude, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced.
The plane was intercepted by Norad and shot down as it flooded the Yucón, a territory to the north of the country that borders Alaska.
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