Unmasking the Pentagon’s ‘Metallic Orb’ UFO: A Balloon, Not an Alien Probe

The mystery surrounding the Pentagon’s ‘metallic orb’ UFO has been unraveled by the Bellingcat group, a team of independent researchers. The group has debunked the widespread speculation that the object might be an alien probe gliding over the Middle East. Instead, they suggest that the object is most likely a party balloon made of the silvery metallic plastic known as Mylar.

The footage of the object, hovering beneath an MQ-9 Reaper drone, was filmed on July 12, 2022, and played publicly for the first time before the US Senate’s Armed Services Committee last April. The Bellingcat group used Google Earth imagery to track the apparent flight path of the mysterious ‘orb’. They were able to determine the mystery ‘orbs’ flight path – northeast of the city of Deir ez-Zor in Syria – a detail that the Pentagon had previously kept secret.

The group’s report did not elaborate on the gap of approximately 15-to-12 mph of unaccounted speed above the wind temperature. Instead, they posted an interactive parallax calculator along with their report. Based on the group’s interactive tool, a Mylar balloon would have to be cruising at an altitude of 2,300 meters to achieve a speed consistent with being pushed along by the local wind speed.

The orb’s diameter under this scenario would be just under 1-ft long, 30 centimeters. The MQ-9 Reaper drone above, an unmanned aerial vehicle, would still be moving at approximately 186 mph (300 km/hr) at an altitude of the 24,606 feet (7,500 meters) in this plausible scenario.

Bellingcat was able to use the known horizontal length of buildings near the flightpath of the ‘orb’ to calculate the orb’s largest possible size: 1.5 feet, if the UFO was close to the ground. The orb’s actual size would be smaller, the higher in altitude and closer to the camera it flew. Measurements available via Google Earth Pro helped the researchers determine the length of the landmarks on the desert surface, along the ‘metallic orb’ UFO’s flight path.

Dr. Sean Kirkpatrick, the director of AARO for the Department of Defense, first presented the orb video to NASA’s UFO advisory panel last June. The physicist described the orb as ‘a typical example of the thing we see most of.’ A majority of the UFO reports to AARO are described as ’round or spheres,’ about 52 percent.

While many UFO ‘true believers’ and more nuanced UFO transparency advocates joined UFO skeptics in commending Bellingcat’s investigative efforts, some questioned why the Pentagon’s UFO office chose to highlight this specific video in the first place. This confirms what many of us have suspected given the small size and slow speed of the object,’ said Christopher Mellon, a former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

In conclusion, the Bellingcat group has provided a plausible explanation for the Pentagon’s ‘metallic orb’ UFO. Their findings suggest that the object is likely a Mylar balloon, possibly released during an Islamic holiday, rather than an alien probe. This revelation underscores the importance of thorough and independent investigation in debunking widespread speculations and rumors.