As John M. Powell explains in the video, the Chinese balloon is likely above 100 thousand feet above sea level. No plane with bullets can reach that high. Even if a fighter jet could send bullets through the balloon, the bullet holes are small and would take hours and probably days to down the balloon and its package. By then the balloon could be over Chinese territory again.
A missile may not be able to spot the tiny radar signature of the balloon, and if a missle exploded the balloon cargo, the resultant debris would be difficult to gather and take a long time to analyze. JP’s four decades plus of rocketry and balloon experiments provides an authoritative voice for all things traveling the skies. More videos at http://www.jpaerospace.com. Click on the Menu to find Videos.
I would lose myself in spinship economics, but for my plan to write fiction with Cle' Curbo, who won 1st Place in Sci-Fi in 2021 for "In the Garden of Mistress Bloom" (Writers Digest self-published e-book category). The human race must mature to care for our mother earth, and wean ourselves to space for her sake. I love to experiment with my garden of earthly delightful plants. I strive to love all the people all the time, but I am not powerful enough to do so. End right side amygdala. Space alien! is like shouting "squirrel" to a dog. The left side of the amygdala is awakened. Care, dream, plan, do. All thinking and doing is by trial and error. 99 point 999 percent of all accomplishments are prep. Find something you like. Love comes later.
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