What We Know About the “Object” Shot Down Over Alaska

According to National Security Council spokesman John Kirby:

  • Target is being described as a “high altitude object,” Kirby says “object” is the “best description we have right now”
  • Confirmed to be unmanned
  • Object was “Much smaller than the spy balloon we took down last Saturday” and has “no significant payload”
  • Origin unknown
  • Pentagon was tracking target over the past 24 hours
  • Military determined the object posed a “reasonable threat” to aircraft due to its operational height, which has been described as 40,000 feet
  • Object was shot down over US territorial waters and landed on an ice sheet