Chinese spy balloon: Everything we know after US recovers wreckage

The US has recovered the wreckage of a Chinese surveillance balloon after shooting it down with a fighter jet last week – here’s what has been discovered and what it might mean

Technology 10 February 2023

US sailors recovering the Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon

US sailors recovered part of the Chinese high-altitude surveillance balloon off the coast of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, on 5 February

U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tyler Thompson

US officials say that a huge Chinese balloon shot down last week was indeed designed for spying, according to analysis of the wreckage, and was part of a wider surveillance programme that spans several continents. This is what we know so far.

Where was the balloon wreckage recovered?

The balloon, which had been travelling at an altitude of between 18,000 metres (58,000 feet) and 19,800 metres, was destroyed by a …

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