Google to blame for UFO report last October

I am so excited to bring you an update to one of our most intriguing UFO stories. SOLVED!

The Untold Story of Google’s Quest to Bring the Internet Everywhere—By Balloon | Gadget Lab |

On October 16, 2012, the granddaughter of one of Allen Epling’s houseguests spotted a shiny object in the sky. Epling, an amateur astronomer living in Pike County, Kentucky, grabbed his binoculars and spied a glimmering, tubelike shape hovering ominously high above. Along with his wife and guests, he watched it for more than two hours. “It wasn’t anything I recognized,” Epling later told a local reporter.

Plenty of others saw the object too: The Kentucky State Police received multiple reports of sightings. A couple of days later, the Appalachian News-Express ran a story headlined “Mystery Object in Sky Captivates Locals.” Regional television stations reported that government agencies professed ignorance. The story was picked up by CNN. And the UFO-loving website Ashtar Command Crew linked to the news as ostensible proof of continuing visits from the Galactic Federation fleet. Epling, for his part, didn’t jump to extraterrestrial conclusions. But still, what was it?

Rich DeVaul knows. Sitting in a conference room in Mountain View, California, he beams proudly as he runs a YouTube clip of one of the newscasts. The mysterious craft was his doing. Or, at least, the work of his Google team. The people in Pike County were witnessing a test of Project Loon, a breathtakingly ambitious plan to bring the Internet to a huge swath of as-yet-unconnected humanity—via thousands of solar-powered, high-pressure balloons floating some 60,000 feet above Earth.

Here is the original story. We all speculated it was some sort of plastic bag or kite or balloon object. We were close but had no idea it was this technology. These Project Loon balloons be deployed across the globe in a network that connected to a ground station in order to provide wi-fi.

This supports my idea that there are nearly limitless possibilities these days for objects in the sky and an ever-increasingly likelihood that they are man made. It would be difficult to know of all the experiments that are going on so I’m having a hard time figuring out when, if ever, it would be warranted to say it’s a space craft up there.

Image of unidentified cylinder-shaped object captured by Epling

Image of unidentified cylinder-shaped object captured by Epling

  12 comments for “Google to blame for UFO report last October

  1. August 13, 2013 at 12:08 PM

    Love it! I remember my best guess was a type of wind turbine, we even figured out what company and model it looked like, but it wasn’t an exact match.

  2. Chris Howard
    August 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    I knew Google had plans to do this, I didn’t realize that they were in the testing phase this early.

  3. August 13, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    I see. It’s the net, but in the sky. What *will* they call it?

  4. Chris Howard
    August 13, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Netsky? 😉

  5. August 13, 2013 at 2:45 PM

    Back in July BBC’s Click technology podcast spoke to the leader of the ‘Project Loon’ and those that have used it already it New Zealand []

  6. August 13, 2013 at 2:57 PM

    :D, thnx Rich and Chris

  7. August 13, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I wish I thought of this…

  8. One Eyed Jack
    August 13, 2013 at 8:22 PM

    All I can say is, “They’ll be back.”

  9. August 15, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    Awesome! Love it when these things are solved. 🙂

  10. August 26, 2013 at 10:06 AM

    Loon Balloons cause news to go Looney Tunes…story at 7 !!!

  11. Marcy Roth Richardson
    November 14, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    Except what I witnesses was similar last summer on a clear day but it was one not 2 long florescent light that flied slowly over Andover, NJ.07821 coming from the west moving slowly and slightly lower then a plane would be going south east. I watched in amazement as this moved across the entire sky. once it was out of me being underneath it, it started to look like a small full moon but grayish in tone.
    Was what I saw also one of Google’s balloons because I have never seen a balloon move in a straight line like that before or move so slowly?

  12. Mike
    May 27, 2014 at 9:33 AM

    Our family saw one of these net-sky balloons yesterday. They are about 60 feet in diameter and fly about 60 thousand feet up (12 miles). They appear to move slowly because they are so high. Because they are clear plastic they seem to glow. I just don’t want to see Arnold Schwarzenegger flying in one of these.

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