It wasn’t big news when it happened – not outside the confines of Deadhorse, Alaska or across the Bering Strait in Russia.

In fact, I would bet that not one reader of Oil & Energy Daily even heard about the incident. There was more press devoted to it by the Russian media than the U.S. media.

Back in late July, Russian authorities saw a strange object flying over the Arctic Ocean.

It was the first experimental flight of a drone undertaken by NASA. It wasn’t a classified mission, per se, but it was kept under wraps.

Of course, the Russians were worried about the espionage implications. But NASA should’ve been worried about airworthiness. The drone crashed into the Arctic and was in the process of being recovered while I was in Deadhorse a few weeks ago.