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Philippe Ailleris is a project controller at the European Space Agency's Space Research and Technology Center in the Netherlands. He's also the primary force behind the Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena Observations Reporting Scheme, a project to facilitate the collection of UAP reports from both amateur and professional astronomers.
There's a need for the scientific study of UAPs and a requirement to assemble reliable evidence, something that could not be so easily ignored by science, Ailleris told Space.com.
It is necessary to bring scientists objective and high-quality data, Ailleris said. "No one knows where and when a UAP can potentially appear, hence the difficulty of scientific research in this domain."
That area will also be the target for a 2021 UAP expedition carried out by Knuth and other researchers. The goal of the outing is "to provide unassailable scientific evidence that UAP objects are real, UAP objects are findable and UAP objects are knowable," according to the website for the project, which is called UAPx.
"We are hoping to detect UAPs, determine their characteristics, flight patterns and any patterns in activity that will allow us to study them more effectively," Knuth told Space.com. "In addition to monitoring a region for UAPs, we are also looking into using satellites to obtain independent confirmation of prominent UAP sightings and to obtain quantifiable information about those UAPs."
Haqq-Misra said his knowledge regarding UAPs stems from the public domain, such as the recently released Navy videos and Department of Defense comments. But otherwise, he has not conducted any of his own investigations into the problem.
"I also remain agnostic as to any particular hypothesis that might explain UAP, at least until we have more data to consider," Haqq-Misra said. "The non-human intelligence hypothesis is a popular one, but I don't necessarily have any indication that it is more probable than any other hypothesis at this point."
Also, the entire UAP topic has been much maligned by being associated with ET, Kopparapu added. This association prevents a thorough scientific investigation by the science community, he feels, essentially because of a taboo surrounding ET claims.
"I think people immediately think about 'aliens' when they hear UFOs/UAPs, and I want scientists to not fall for that," Kopparapu said. "Be strictly agnostic and don't let preconceived ideas cloud judgments. Have an open mind. Consider this as a science problem. If it turns out these have mundane explanations, so be it."
Kopparapu and like-minded colleagues are proposing a completely unbiased, agnostic approach to study UAP, he said: "Let the data lead us to what they are."
originally posted by: Spacespider
I bet there are a group of people that knows perfectly fine what these things are, and they have no interest in sharing this knowledge with us, perhaps in agreement with the unknowns.
I have a theory that they are travelers from the future, humans.. us from the future visiting the past. there was contact, but it was for the select few, they have made some agreement not do disclosure this, perhaps to prevent damage to the timeline/timelines ?
That or the former Canadian prime minister was speaking the truth when he said, the US government already was in contact with five different kinds of aliens.
originally posted by: Archivalist
How can you study that which by it's nature avoids scrutiny?
Science operates on scrutiny.
An unidentified aerial phenomena that can vanish from observation and avoid confrontation will be quite a challenge, for "study".
As this appears to be scrutiny-free, until such a time that we can watch our whole world 24/7.
Show me a plan to put 24 hour surveillance across the whole planet, and I'll show you a plan that will never happen.
originally posted by: Archivalist Show me a plan to put 24 hour surveillance across the whole planet, and I'll show you a plan that will never happen.
originally posted by: olaru12
a reply to: gortex
Scientists call for serious study of 'unidentified aerial phenomena'
"Scientists" and science in general,
currently in America is a dirty word. Let's get "Q"s opinion for the real skinny!!
originally posted by: Itzon We are far from teaching science facts when we are taught things like an electron spins and orbits an atom for ever and ever, but perpetual motion is not possible. And to add to that crazy statement, the quest for absoulute zero where nothing is moving that has been unatainable, makes a person go hmm, what is one to beleive, everything is in a constant state of motion, or perpetual motion is not possible?
originally posted by: Itzon
Seems to me that a whole lot of theories are considered as indisputable fact, but that is the dogma that a whole lot of people do not like and have a big problem with.