posted on Sep, 26 2012 @ 11:53 AM
Well we know the TTR can launch weather balloons. Note the long shadows in the photo. These balloons are usually launched at stupid O clock so that
the flight will be as vertical as possible. But I think at the official weather stations, in this case Desert Rock Airstrip, they do two launches a
If it was a weather balloon, there would be telemetry to go with it. The balloon caries a radiosonde. So if everyone fessed up, this wouldn't be a
mystery. I can see a few scenarios here. One is the USAF holds a meeting, determines it is a weather balloon, then concludes "One thing we are not
going to do today is blame another UFO sighting on a weather balloon! Just say 'No comment.'" Another scenario, and perhaps more likely, is some
yahoos decided to launch a balloon. I only say this because I found a number of balloons tied together with chemical glow lights attached, i.e. a DIY
UFO. These was in free territory (obviously) a bit west of Coyote Summit. A good location to create a hoax UFO.
Regarding releasing a balloon during an exercise, it doesn't seem to be the smartest thing in the world, but there are requirements to get this data.
Note that the west side of the range is "red" (enemy) territory. There shouldn't be much going on in the way of dog fights ("furballs"). The red
and blue team tend to mix it up closer to the eastern border of the restricted airspace. So air traffic on the west side isn't as hectic, giving the
pilots time to look for hazards without guns or missiles attached.. This presumes the exercise was a flag. If it was Weapons School. then the west
side of the range is more active because there are more live bombing sites there.
I will dig up some photo of a radiosonde I recovered in the hills east of the ET Highway. It was very old. Modern radiosondes have tracking so that
they can be recovered. The sequence is basically you launch the balloon, as the balloon rises it gets larger because the air pressure on the outside
is reduced with increasing altitude, until the balloon finally bursts. The modern radiosonde has a parachute, so the instrumentation can be recovered.
There are mailing instructions on the outside should a private individual find the radiosonde. In the case of the one I found, it was so junky nobody
would want it back. It was probably in the desert for a decade. The hills in Central Nevada are so desolate that if you go a bit off the beaten path,
it is likely no person has been there in years. Some of the mountains have log books that indicate how rarely they are climbed.