The giant inflatable device that fell from the sky in the village of Luisa Garcia, in San Luis, Tolima, Colombia was not a UFO as it was initially suspected. It turned out to be an internet drone that was part of Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Google’s Project Loon. The strange machine was found crumpled in a heap but with a “strange liquid leaking from it.
Apparently, some reports including a tweet by the police commander for the greater Tolima region, Jorge Esguerra had previously identified it as a satellite. However, Esguerra later said it was a ‘UFO’ before its correct identity could be revealed.
Assuring the stunned residents of Luisa Garcia village that all was well, Esguerra stated, “It is technological equipment belonging to Google that moves or is held in space with a balloon. It is likely that the balloon failed and the device came crashing down.”
Balloons are known to have crashed down to Earth since the inception of Project Loon
There were no incidences of injury in the crashing of the strange boxy object. However, this is not the first time a balloon crash is taking place since the Project Loon began in 2013. A similar one took place in Sri Lanka last year when what was initially thought to be a satellite came down in San Luis.
Nonetheless, UFO sightings have been increasing since the 90’s. Thus Google’s internet balloon crash can only be referred to as a single incidence within a wider trend. The balloons sport a 15-metre diameter having been made of a thin biodegradable plastic.
But the balloon does not technically belong to Google
Investigations into the source of the balloon have revealed that the balloon does not wholly belong to Google but to X, a subsidy of Google’s parent company Alphabet.
The equipment is purposely meant for internet connection and provision to far-flung rural communities. However, it remains unclear whether or not the authorities will return it to Google. Meanwhile, Alphabet’s stock was trading at $868.39 witnessing an increase of $2.48 or 0.29%.