posted on Jul, 31 2008 @ 09:00 PM
Bear in mind that what's in that photograph is *just* the heat shield. It'll look a lot less like a UFO when the actual vehicle is attached to
How long have "they" been flying these around? Depends on who "they" were. The Russian Vostok spacecraft had an ablative heat shield, and first
flew in March of 1961. The American Mercury capsule was testing its heat shield / launch vehicle interface in September of 1959. Take your pick, and
subtract from August 2008 to get your answer.
Where did "they" get the idea? Aerodynamics was a very serious subject long before there was a space program. I'm not sure who got to patent the
concept, but it's derived from aerodynamic principles, not alien technology, or any desire to emulate the shape of a "UFO".