The object was shaped like an octagon with strings hanging off it and did not appear to be carrying anything.
The octagonal shape renews interest in a balloon structure that may contain integral antennas:
- An octagon imposes a weight penalty over a spheroid, so there must be a good reason.
- Kapton, a favored plastic for planar antennas, is inelastic and only moderately flexible.
- Design of a highly specified antenna on a curved, dimensionally unstable substrate is hopeless.
A suspended capsule containing active electronics may have been deliberately dropped.