For electromagnetic propulsion, these critters may utilize use photonic crystals which are also primarily responsible for making these creatures
Due to their density, I believe these critters are not [or are rarely] visible until these crystals begin emitting light in a visible mode; similiar
to deep sea creatures who are also invisible until they activate their own photonic crystals - rendering them visible.
*Why do I think photonic crystals have the greatest potential for being a component of these creatures propulsion mechanism?
"The most noteworthy feature of the photonic crystal is that there is formed therein a so-called photonic band gap, a region through which a specific
electromagnetic wave cannot propagate because of the refractive index difference and structural periodicity of constituent materials. When a defect is
introduced into the refractive index distribution of the photonic crystal, an energy level (defect level) due to this defect is formed in the photonic
band gap. Consequently, the photonic crystal can freely control electromagnetic waves.
...A three-dimensional photonic crystal, among photonic crystals, has the feature that the refractive index distribution of constituent substances has
a three-dimensional period and an electromagnetic wave present at a defect position can hardly leak out. This means that the three-dimensional
photonic crystal is best suited for the control of electromagnetic wave propagation...
*Why do I think that photonic crystals are primarily what made these critters to visible us in the STS-75 Tether Optical Phenomena Experiment?
"...Recently, I was reading several articles describing some newer photonic crystals capable of propagating visible light. The crystals do this well,
except for light that falls into the forbidden range of the crystals' band gap. In that case, the band gap light is either reflected or trapped. If
trapped, the light's energy is dumped into shorter wavelengths that are reradiated...""
The critters were exposed to so much energy that they began re-radiating light into various shorter wavelengths, which the TOP experiment was sent to
Along with giving off massive amounts of energy and plasma, the tether may have acted as a focal point for these critters to orient their
attraction-repulsion based form of locomotion. It also appears to have been used as bait. (Even though the tether broke, the mission was declared a
In any case, it worked so good at attracting the critters that they did it again a month later - in secret. (thanks Kirtland AFB!)
Zorgon, You mentioned HAARP et al earlier;
HAARP [et al] can be used to generate areas of plasma in the upper atmosphere... The tether was encased in plasma, which seemed to attract the
critters for some reason...
Perhaps these critters could be used as a 'renewable resource' of sorts?
[edit on 30-5-2009 by Exuberant1]