August 27

UFOs – Unidentified Flying Objects

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Posted by Gonzo on August 27, 2023 3:15 AM
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Between 2004 and 2021, The Pentagon received 144 firsthand accounts of UAPs from military aviators and government sensors. These objects can appear to float, move in ways defying logic, register on radars as something other than birds, balloons or drones, and register on radar as something other than birds, balloons or drones.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence report from 2021 regarding UAPs did not mention aliens or extraterrestrials directly; rather, it noted that these phenomena raised safety of flight concerns for aircrafts and could indicate foreign adversary systems.

UFO Definition

Are aliens visiting Earth real or not, aliens have long captured our collective imagination. UFOs (or UAPs) have long been used as fodder for both conspiracy theories and political maneuvering. Recently, New York Senator Chuck Schumer announced a bipartisan bill to declassify government documents concerning UFOs (or UAPs), making this attempt by Congress the third in as many attempts.

But this time around, UAPs – rather than flying saucers – will be at the center of research. Schumer’s bill directs the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to examine “unidentified aerial phenomena”. While previous ODNI research on UAP sightings was explicable in most cases, some remain unexplained and its Preliminary Assessment notes this with language such as: Although no extraterrestrial activity had been identified within unexplained cases it would be premature to conclude this is happening.”

UFO, coined in 1952 after pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine saucer-shaped objects moving across the sky, remains widely used today. Earth vs. Flying Saucers’ role in popularizing UFOs remains significant today.

NASA is undertaking a study into UAPs that may or may not yield definitive answers as to their origin, yet their investigation will help improve future data collection and analysis processes. They have assembled an expert panel to review recent discoveries; its first public meeting took place this month.

One question to be addressed will be whether the increase of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs) can be traced back to Russia and China launching spy balloons around the globe. Such UAPs may be easy to overlook without careful surveillance; therefore, military agencies might want to pay special attention in monitoring them to keep a lookout for potential threats.

UFO Sightings

A recent report by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI) has shed some light on the mysterious world of UFOs and unexplained aerial phenomena. While not explicitly mentioning aliens, the document indicates that government takes sightings seriously while outlining efforts to collect more data regarding these objects.

According to the Office of Defense Intelligence and National Intelligence (ODNI), the United States government has received over 350 reports of UFOs or related phenomena over the past decade alone, most often drones or entities similar to drones; others could be due to airborne debris, natural atmospheric phenomena or weather events; in a few instances UAPs demonstrated unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities.

But the Office of the Director of National Intelligence also acknowledges that most objects do not have an obvious explanation, and military and other agencies are working to ascertain if there are any potential threats or dangers to national security posed by UAPs. Furthermore, their appearance can serve as a source of national interest and curiosity.

At a media roundtable last month, the director of AARO told reporters that his group is dedicated to remaining open while protecting classified information and national security. In addition, he mentioned releasing video footage taken by Navy pilots of UAPs operating over their skies.

Some experts assert that the UFO mystery may never be solved, yet its relevance has only increased over time. Congress has made it a top priority and Rep. Jeremy Corbell of New York plans to introduce legislation declassifying government records related to UFOs.

Experts often speculate that UFOs could be interstellar spacecraft or alien probes sent from beyond to check on us, with Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb and other researchers recently unveiling the Galileo Project with this aim of looking for ET. This global network of new telescope systems will investigate potential UAP sightings such as those discovered by Oumuamua which swooped through our solar system in 2021.

UFO Research

UAPs have long fascinated science fiction fans, screen writers and conspiracy theorists alike; now scientists are taking notice too. In fact, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration has recently initiated a special study to look into UAPs. Members include professors and researchers in fields like oceanography as well as former astronaut Scott Kelly himself and National Geographic contributor Nadia Drake who all join together as one team to document and analyze UAPs.

NASA is committed to air safety and this UAP study aligns with this goal. With so much data about air traffic available to them, they hope this project can use that information to detect UAPs more quickly in future and pinpoint their nature scientifically.

NASA is projected to issue its initial report by mid-2023. This investigation will review threats to U.S. airspace as well as ways to enhance air traffic management data acquisition systems and determine whether UAPs pose an immediate national security risk or represent evidence of alien life.

Some lawmakers have raised UAPs as a national security risk. Sightings of aircraft-like flying objects without apparent propulsion mechanisms have been reported near military bases and coastlines; according to some members of Congress, some UAPs may contain secret Chinese or Russian technology being tested out.

Others lawmakers have voiced concerns that the government is withholding information regarding UFO sightings. They have called upon the Defense Department to provide more details through classified briefings and to release images showing suspicious sightings; many of these images have leaked and show objects which resemble fighter jets, missiles or satellites.

Responding to lawmakers’ concerns, the Pentagon has launched a program to declassify more UFO information. Similar to an initiative which declassified information regarding JFK’s death, this new initiative will try to collect more sighting data so as to make more definitive assessments as to what these sightings may be.

UFO Documentation

UFOs (unidentified flying objects) have long captured public imagination, prompting conspiracy theories and speculation about extraterrestrial life. The National Archives holds documents related to UFOs and unexplained phenomena; while some have been classified by government, others were released upon public requests; there are various ways for people to access these documents via online and physical methods at the Archives.

Many UFO-related records can be found in the National Archives Catalog and website, including some documents that have been digitalized by NARA and will continue to be added over time. A dedicated room called Blue Book Reading Room allows people to view these records on microfilm; it’s located within NARA at College Park in Maryland.

Although UFO has come to be associated with aliens, the government does not subscribe to this popular belief that all UAPs originate in another dimension. Instead, a more accurate description for such sightings exists – “unidentified anomalous phenomena”. NASA has initiated a study to explore this phenomena’s nature and origin; their report should be available by 2023.

Although Pentagon and intelligence agencies often dismiss reports of unexplained aerial phenomena (UAP), more serious consideration has been given to such reports in recent times due to political pressure from members of Congress who want the government to share its knowledge on UAPs with the public.

One of the main difficulties associated with dealing with unidentified aerial targets (UAPs) is their ambiguous nature. In order to classify one, multiple sensors, such as radar and infrared imaging must be utilized; UAPs can often move at incredible speeds, change direction abruptly and navigate in ways which elude conventional technology.

UAPs pose a considerable problem for military pilots navigating an increasingly crowded air domain. Furthermore, these UAVs present a national security risk as they could represent foreign adversary systems or breakthrough technologies unknown to us.


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