posted on May, 12 2012 @ 06:29 AM
I'm working on it. The latest version of the plan calls for fully automatic operation, in which the control program will center any hovering object
detected by one of the three survey cameras then guide the other two cameras along the aim line of the detecting camera until the object is centered
in all three and zoomed. Narrowing the search in that manner allows quick aiming of the other two cameras. Video will then be recorded on the computer
connected by cable to an individual camera, stamping the pan/tilt values and time on every frame, plus one max-res frame per second, all data-stamped
and simultaneous from three locations a few miles apart.
It's all done with two computer programs, three ordinary camcorders each with a power pan/tilt mount and connected computer (located in three
backyards surrounding the target area), and one control computer. The goal is zoomed video and high-res images of a mysterious hovering object, the
size of which can be calculated from the data stamped on every frame plus GPS location data and focal length of each camera (it's not necessary for
all three cameras to have the same specs.) No references (trees, houses, etc.) need be in frame when shooting from three angles and providing camera
data. An ideal location would be a so-called UFO hotspot with excellent viewing conditions, like Los Alamos (or even Pine Gap, Australia?).
Of course, the system will end up capturing probably quite a few hot-air balloons and helicopters before catching a true unknown. But that's
okay--more than okay, since that will be totally open for all to see on the project's Web site and even give debunkers something to gloat about
(while wondering what to do if it does someday capture something otherworldly).
And the project has to be squeaky-clean, with no money changing hands (participants have to have their own equipment), and totally open to scrutiny.
The software will be free and open-source but also will have to be certified valid in methodology and implementation by some university, which will be
free to criticize and modify it as much as they like, as long as it still works properly, and even take credit for it--whatever it takes to get that
pedigree. The goal here is only to capture a good look at the phenomenon, if there is one, and for the results to be made public, along with ample and
credible evidence that the results are scientifically valid and not a hoax.
As for the programming, it turns out that one of the hardest parts is the program's diagnostic facility, which has to simulate a UFO and the views
from the three cameras as they are ordered to change pan and tilt by the control program, which is pretty complicated. Of course, it's not used in
normal operation but is vital in that it serves to prove that the program works and should be put into operation in the field.
Anyway, it's a WIP (I haven’t even come up with a good name for it), and I'm trying to muddle through, having to research some of the tech aspects
of it and deal with scary math. In action, it happens so fast it looks simple, but the program has to do a lot in a fraction of a second, and before
that do a lot to prove it should be allowed a turn at bat.
And with fully automatic operation, it won’t be necessary to have a major UFO organization behind it, since one survey area only requires only the
three camera owners to participate (no remote operators needed). That makes it many times easier to implement than the original plan.