• The drones have been flying from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. nightly
  • They have been flying 25-mile grid patters
  • There are many missile silos in the area
  • Commercial drones provide good test options for USAF technology 

Colorado and Wyoming residents spooked by sigthings of swarms of drones over their heads can breathe easy. The mystery objects were just standard commercial drones put there for a purpose, a report suggested.

The drones that have gone viral are probably just standard commercial drones, The Daily Star reported. Still, the story takes a twist because the U.S. Air Force may be using the swarms of drones to test their defensive capabilities around missile sites.

Law enforcement agencies have been trying to figure out what the purpose of the drones is for weeks. Not surprisngly, conspiracy theories conjured up UFOs. The drones started appearing in the night sky around Christmas, and there were more than 17 drones flying in 25-mile grid patterns approximately 200 to 300 feet off the ground. In an area such as this, locals take notice, and it surely happened as law enforcement has been dealing with reports of the drone since then.

Flying Drone

Initially, the Air Force completely denied any involvement in the swarm of drones, but recent information indicates that that may be precisely what is going on, and the Air Force won't talk about it. According to the report, multiple sources in the Air Force, as well as the commercial drone community, have stated that commercial drones provide a reasonable facsimile for other drones and the Air Force's ability to test their capabilities against them.

When plotted against a map, the areas that the drones have been sighted in do correlate with restricted airspace above active Minuteman missile silos that are dispersed throughout the region. The drones have not violated the airspace but they have come close on many occasions.

John McGillis, a Rancher in Yuma County Colorado, told International Business Times that he has seen the swarms flying over his property. Though they mildly concerned him at first, the more he watched, he realized that they were flying in close formation and probably operated by a professional. Having served 15 years in the Air Force, he is also aware that the missile silos are close to his property and just assumed that it was something that had been developed by the U.S. government.

"With everything else going on in the world, the last thing I have to worry about is some drones unless they're the kind with weapons," he said.