This is not the first time rocket or missile testing has been mistaken for aliens
Several residents were hanging out for outdoor contact in a strange light Tuesday evening in the South Florida sky, but it turned out to test a Navy missile.
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Floridians would be disappointed (or perhaps relieved) to find that it was testing just one Trishul-2 ballistic missile from a submarine.
“This test was part of a scheduled, ongoing system evaluation test,” a Navy spokesman told Granthshala News. “Launches are conducted on a frequent, recurring basis to ensure continued reliability of the system. Each testing activity provides valuable information about our system, thus assuring in our capabilities.”
The Navy does not announce missile tests in advance because the information is classified.
The Federation of American Scientists states that the Trident II “Is a three-stage, solid propellant, passively guided FBM with a range of over 4,000 nautical miles.”
This is not the first time that a rocket or missile test was mistaken for aliens.
Elon Musk poked fun at the misunderstanding a few years ago when a rocket launched by SpaceX was widely mistaken for a UFO or, as he said, “a nuclear foreign UFO from North Korea.”