In the air! The US government’s UFO report provokes a number of reactions
The release of the US government’s report on unidentified flying objects on Friday (June 25th) generated a mixture of reactions, from UFO Groups of individuals in military, academic and scientific circles.
Marked as “provisional”, the unclassified nine pages UFO report was created by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence in consultation with the Pentagon, specifically the military’s recently established Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force, in response to a request from Congress to assess the UFO threat. (UFOs have been renamed UAP in military parlance.)
There were those who are breathing hard, waiting for compelling evidence that Extraterrestrials are here, buzzing through the airspace of the earth as they collect extraterrestrial kilometer points. If the report falls short in this regard, what UAPs really represent remains a mind-boggling head-scratcher.
Space.com reached out to a number of people for news on the much-anticipated report.
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The report was grossly misrepresented in the media and by UFO enthusiasts, said Mick West, a writer and a respected debunker.
“UAPs are not identified due to limited data, which makes the cases difficult to explain,” said West. “The report suggests that if most cases were resolved, they would turn out to be a variety of things, such as air pollution or natural atmospheric phenomena. A lack of data doesn’t mean that aliens are the likely answer. “
Noticing that we can’t rule out aliens is idiotic, West said.
“Of course we can’t rule out aliens in cases with limited data, that’s literally impossible,” he said. “The point is, there is no evidence or evidence of any aliens. None of the cases showed conclusive evidence of anything interesting. Only a limited number of cases, mostly observer reports, indicated unusual flight characteristics, and the report said that some or all of these could be explained by ‘sensor failure, spoofing or observer misperception’ and that ‘some UAPs could be due to sensor anomalies ‘”.
“The highly anticipated report from the UAP task force disappoints only those unfamiliar with the history of US military engagement with the UFO phenomenon, “said Mark Rodeghier, scientific director of the Center for UFO Studies. He said that the report as a whole was an” amazing reversal in military attitudes “be on the subject.”
Rodeghier said his center fully agrees with the recommendation to continue the study with improvements in data collection and analysis. “I sincerely hope, however, that the civilian scientific community will be financially supported to investigate UFOs so that everything that is learned about the phenomenon is not hidden in classified reports.”
A similar view is taken by Ravi Kumar Kopparapu, a planetary study researcher at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Kopparapu said the UAP report signals the need for more systematic data collection.
“We need more resources. It should be researched scientifically. Stigma should be removed. Some of these are real objects, some could be clutter, and some could be inexplicable,” he told Space.com.
“I’m happy to see that the focus is on data collection, and I really like that there has been no speculation about its nature,” said Kopparapu. “I hope that several independent groups can start or continue such data collection efforts to understand UAPs without prior speculation and with the help of some resources.”
Meanwhile, NASA noted in a June 25 publication of “Frequently Asked Questions” that the space agency is not actively looking for UAPs. “But through ours Earth observation satellitesNASA collects extensive data about the earth’s atmosphere, often in cooperation with the other space agencies. While this data is not specifically collected to identify UAPs or alien techno signatures, it is publicly available and anyone can use it to search the atmosphere. in the FAQ.
“NASA is not actively looking for UAPs, but if we learn about UAPs it would open the door to new scientific questions. Atmospheric scientists, aerospace experts and other scientists could all help understand the nature of the phenomenon – the unknown in space is at the heart of us, “the post concludes.
A big thing
George Knapp is an American investigative television journalist, news anchor, and talk radio host who has long been involved in evaluating UFO history.
“Months before the UAP report was published, I thought it was an important development in itself, whatever it might contain,” said Knapp. “The fact that Congress has issued a directive to the Pentagon to formally establish the UAP task force has been a great step forward in this area. And then for the Pentagon, to gather as much information as possible without being dismissive as it has been for years. “The past is also a big deal,” he said.
Knapp never expected a disclosure of capital “D”, not now and maybe never. “But it seems possible that Congress is approving some sort of ongoing program to act as the central navel for studying military encounters with UAPs. “
Judging by the comments Knapp saw on social media, many in the “UFO world” are angry because the report was only nine pages long, gave few details on recent military encounters with UAP and any mention of extraterrestrials , Kidnappings, UFO crashes, Roswell or area 51.
“But the fact is that the report would never go into such things,” said Knapp. “It has a very specific focus – to give Congress a sense of how often these encounters are happening, why they are a legitimate concern, and what barriers exist that could hinder the investigation of UAP encounters and the exchange of information. “
Knapp believes the report leaves open the possibility that some UAPs might be foreign technology or secret American technology, but also notes that there is little or no evidence of any of these options. “By putting alternative explanations on the table, members of Congress might find it easier to vote for a permanent program to investigate UAP, which may be Russian or Chinese, rather than spending taxpayers’ money on what is categorized as an alien hunt.” could.”
The sky is not classified
Harvard University astrophysicist Avi Loeb said the Pentagon had submitted a report to Congress stating that some UAPs were potentially real objects, but their nature was unknown.
“UAP could be man-made, natural atmospheric phenomena, or extraterrestrial in origin. All possibilities imply something new and interesting that we did not know before,” Loeb told Space.com. “The study of UAP should now move from the topics of conversation with national security administrators and politicians to the science arena, where it is studied by scientists rather than government or military personnel.”
The report avoids any scientific discussion about the possibility that the unexplained phenomena are extraterrestrial in origin, added Loeb, as this goes beyond the charter assigned to the government’s task force.
UAPs are likely a mixed bag, Loeb said.
“Many unidentified objects from testimony may have mundane explanations, but we need better evidence to be sure,” he said. “A extraterrestrial device could possibly be guided by advanced artificial intelligence – namely an autonomous system that adapts to its environment through machine learning, but follows the blueprint of an intelligent species beyond Earth.
Uncover the secret
Currently, the possibility that UAPs are extraterrestrial is highly speculative, said Loeb.
“Instead of wondering about possible scenarios, we should collect better scientific data and clarify the nature of UAP. This can be achieved by using state-of-the-art cameras on wide-field telescopes that monitor the sky. Heaven is not classified. ”; only state sensors are, “said Loeb.
By looking for unusual phenomena in similar geographic locations to where the UAP reports came from, scientists could solve the puzzle in a transparent open-data analysis, Loeb said. “The huge data set could be analyzed by an advanced computer system that only records its interesting transitory features.”
Loeb added that he would like to lead a science project aimed at unraveling the nature of the UAP. “I don’t like science fiction stories because the storylines often violate the laws of physics. But we should be open to the possibility that one day science will reveal a reality that was once considered fiction.”
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One result of the publication of the report has already occurred: The Ministry of Defense has given the go-ahead for better handling of UAPs. Deputy Secretary of Defense Kathleen Hicks released a memo shortly after the UAP report was published.
“A recent report from the Office of the Director of the National Intelligence Service (ODNI) highlights the current challenges associated with assessing unidentified flight phenomena (UAP) occurring on or near DoD training stands and facilities. It is critical that the United States maintain operational security and security in DoD areas. To this end, it is equally important that all U.S. military aircraft or government personnel report if any aircraft or other equipment interferes with military training. This includes the observation and reporting of UAPs, “explained the memo.
In addition, the Hicks memo states that all DoD members will use a number of established processes to ensure that the UAP task force or its successor “receives reports of UAP observations within two weeks of an incident.”
“An important first step”
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Who urged the UAP study to be carried out, is also vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Intelligence.
Following the publication of the UAP report, Rubio said in a statement: “For years the men and women to whom we entrust our land have reported encounters with unidentified aircraft with superior capabilities, and for years their concerns have often been ignored and ridiculed.”
Rubio said the report “is an important first step in cataloging these incidents, but it is only a first step. The Department of Defense and intelligence agencies have a long way to go before we can truly understand whether these air threats are a serious national threat.” represent. ” Security concerns. “
You can read the entire government UFO report Here.
Leonard David is the author of Moon Rush: The New Space Race, published by National Geographic in May 2019. As a longtime writer for Space.com, David has covered the space industry for more than five decades. Follow us @Spacedotcom, Facebook or Google+. This version of the story was posted on Space.com.