SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The National Weather Service and the Springfield-Branson National Airport has verified the white object flying in the sky is a balloon from Google’s Project Loon.
Loon is a company under alphabet, which also owns Google, and its purpose is to bring internet access to rural areas across the world.
The high altitude balloon seen near Springfield was actually launched from a site in Nevada.
It sat at about 60,000 feet, up in the Earth’s stratosphere, which is well above weather events and the 31,000 to 38,000 feet that commercial airplanes fly.
The balloon catches wind currents to float around the world, which could explain why it drifted in the Ozarks.
The balloon is solar powered and is meant to stay aloft for at least 100 days.
Each balloon can provide internet coverage over ground area of about 50 miles.
To track the balloon, click here.
For more info on the project, go to loon.com.