I’ve found some other examples attached, all pre-1970’s it seems. Also, all seem to be latex - the image above does look slightly different, but I’m not sure it can be determined if it’s silver or not.Member MapperGuy posted this
(Acknowledgements to MapperGuy, I can't seem to use the "Reply" function across threads at the mo.)Determining wind speed and direction at different altitudes is exactly what these are for.
Look at the upper picture in post #12 of this thread, note the device that looks like a surveyors transit the man in the middle is examining closely.
That telescopic device allows them to measure azimuth and elevation changes as the balloon rises. Knowing how fast the balloon will rise they can calculate the direction the wind is blowing and how fast at different altitudes.
This is the pic MapperGuy refers to:
The Iraqi Army seems to have a lot of tube artillery according to Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_equipment_of_the_Iraqi_Ground_Forces
During the 1991 Gulf War the Iraqis had loads of S-60 57mm AA guns. It seems some have ended up with non-state groups
-I think this German WW2 balloon bears at least a superficial resemblance to the spherical UAP under discussion.
Maybe armed forces (of whatever affiliation) of the region in question use balloons like this for a similar purpose.
I have no idea if AA artillery would use balloons in the way that ground artillery do (or at least did), but if so, ISIS might be switched-on enough to try and optimize their S-60's performance- particularly if they were fearing airstrikes.
Equally, the UAV footage was clearly taken in an area where some sort of conflict was continuing; maybe the balloon was released by an artillery unit (like the WW2 one in the picture) not directly connected with the gunmen in the footage, but present in the region because of ongoing fighting.