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"The significant decrease in the number of reports has baffled everyone investigating within the UFO field," founder and director of NUFORC Peter Davenport said to Business Insider. He's previously discussed the decline with members of the Mutual UFO Network. "They see the same trend and they're all confused by it."
...according to Griffioen: "Drones are becoming cheaper and more popular, and are taking on stranger and stranger shapes every day. This applies to both military UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), professional drones for video as well as for recreational drones."
The chance of encountering a drone has grown considerably, which could account for people identifying what previously would have been considered a UFO as a drone.
Mandatory drone registration for recreational pilots was a requirement, and then there was a court challenge and it wasn't. Now, after another round of legal proceedings, recreational pilots in the US are required to spend $5 to register with the FAA before flying outdoors.
Conversely, you can't register a drone that's heavier than 55 pounds via the online portal. That's inconsequential for consumers as nothing out there is that heavy, but if you're working with an industrial aircraft you'll need to submit a paper registration application.
The Consumer Technology Association projects drone sales will cross the $1 billion mark in 2017, while Gartner expects global personal drone sales to grow from $1.7 billion to $2.36 billion in 2017.
Worldwide Aeros’s Aeroscraft cargo-carrying airship could change the way transport logistics have traditionally been done with airplanes, trains, ships, trucks and other vehicles. According to Worldwide Aeros (Hall 6 B30) CEO and chief engineer Igor Pasternak, two versions of the Aeroscraft will be available, one offering a 66-ton payload and a larger version with a 250-ton payload. The U.S Department of Defense (DOD) has invested more than $60 million in the Aeroscraft airship over the past seven years. The company will build an initial fleet of 24 airships, the majority of which will be higher-capacity models. The first vehicle will be operational in about three years, with all 24 airships in service by 2021, he said.
The world's largest aircraft uses innovative technology to combine the best characteristics of fixed wing aircraft and helicopters with lighter-than-air technology to create a new breed of hyper-efficient aircraft. It can stay airborne for up to five days at a time. It will fulfil a wide range of communication, cargo carrying and survey roles in both the military and commercial sectors all with a significantly lower carbon footprint than other forms of air transport.
originally posted by: 3n19m470
a reply to: shawmanfromny
Looks like it began in the lead up to the 2016 election when everyone became hyperfocused on decidedly more Earthly matters...
The reasons you listed would seem to INCREASE "reported" sightings...one would think. But you say there has been a decrease in reports even though there is an increase in "strange" or unfamiliar objects in the skies.
I think that gives my theory a bit of creedence. Things are flying around like never before in our known history and people are too busy, esp in USA, looking down to their smart phones to engage in politics.
originally posted by: dothedew
Here's my answer to the question posed: Smartphones.
People now spend more time looking *down* at the phones instead of looking *up* into the sky.
originally posted by: jjkenobi
Crispness of the photos/videos available today makes it easier to determine the photos are not UFOs.
The amount of research done on previous UFO videos provides answers to the most commonly seen things today.
People getting tired of being ridiculed and made fun of over UFO phenomenon.