Which makes the balloon thing odd. It seems a high-risk-low-reward operation. We'll know more (or someone will) once they get the payload dredged up and analyzed.holy shit
you would think that balloons broke new ground in long range aerial surveillance
you do realize that planes and satellites have been doing this daily for decades
A slow moving and relatively low altitude balloon with that big antenna surely can get more info than an airplane or satellite, but it is not exactly a stealth operation and it is easy to see where it came from.