It’s not a bird, it’s not a plane…
It’s one of up to 25 giant surveillance balloons currently floating over the Midwest and spying on everything in their path.
The U.S. military is currently in the process of testing a large-scale surveillance system made up of floating radar designed to monitor everything from individual cars to entire cities.
A FCC report authorizing elements of the tests states: “Conduct high altitude MESH networking tests over South Dakota to provide a persistent surveillance system to locate and deter narcotic trafficking and homeland security threats.“
The test have already begun in July and will run through September. They involve high-altitude balloons, equipped with a range of sensors, floating at heights of up to 65,000 feet.
You may remember the JLENS from back in 2015, when one of the tethered blimps became detached from its mooring and began floating around Pennsylvania, dragging its giant cable and causing mayhem in the process.
Unlike JLENS, the new 25 balloons will travel over Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Iowa.
So the next time you’re outside enjoying a Midwest BBQ you may spot something weird in the sky… Just feel free to give a little wave… The balloons are watching.