Reports are coming in that mysterious balloon that floated across the continent was 200 ft in diameter. Without a little reference its hard to know exactly how big 200 ft is. Its pretty big though. This graphic from NBC provides some handy comparison points. It would not fit in the Macy’s parade.
Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) and U.S. Northern Command, told reporters that the Chinese balloon shot down over the weekend was 200 feet tall and the payload attached to it was similar in size to a regional jetliner, weighing more than 2,000 pounds.
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It is almost undetectable. It could carry radar jamming equipment and or weapons.