The US military shot down another high-altitude object on Sunday, he says CNN. This time the unknown object had flight capabilities.
"The operation marks the third consecutive day that an unidentified object has been shot down over North American airspace."
Michigan Rep. Elissa Slotkin said Sunday that the operation to bring down the object over Lake Huron was conducted by U.S. Air Force and National Guard pilots.
The object was flying at 20.000 feet over Michigan's Upper Peninsula and was about to pass over Lake Huron when it was neutralized, a senior government official told CNN on Sunday.
The object was "octagonal" with strings dangling and no discernible payload, according to the official. Although the US has no indication that the object had espionage capabilities, that scenario has not yet been ruled out.
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The Washington Post he says that the Chinese spy balloon and the objects spotted afterwards "changed the way analysts receive and interpret information from radar and various sensors, a US official said on Saturday".
The official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter, said the sensor equipment absorbs a lot of raw data, so filters have been used until now so humans and machines can make sense of what's being collected.
But that process always carries the risk of leaving out something important, the official said.
"Basically we opened the filters," the official added. That change still doesn't fully answer what's going on, the official said, but it does show more data. Now we don't know if these latest incursions are part of a deliberate action by an unknown country or adversary. ..
The official said the current US assessment is that the objects in question do not pose a military threat.