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Service: Joan Alexander, Senior Research Scientist

March 2023

Joan Alexander and NWRA’s balloon research was highlighted in a Feb 21 National Public Radio article following the Chinese balloon incident.

In general, "balloon researchers are careful to follow airspace and other government regulations," says Joan Alexander, a senior scientist with NorthWest Research Associates, a scientific research organization that regularly works on balloon campaigns. "Our research balloons carry no surveillance capability, and safety is always a primary concern.”

In the aftermath of that incident, multiple small balloons were destroyed in the air that were likely either hobby projects or research balloons.

Thank you Joan!

Joan Alexander