A German university has begun its own official studies on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAPs). Credit: DepositPhotos

First University to Acknowledge UFO Research as Legitimate Object of Academic Research Breaks Barriers

Last year was truly massive for UFO/UAP enthusiasts. At least, in terms of recognition. Governments around the world, most notably the American, finally came out and said officially that Unidentified Aerial Phenomena exist.

Even more so, it became clear that the government also has no clue as to what these objects are exactly. Or at least, that is what was revealed to the public. We had huge expectations for the UFO Report but in the end, experts said nothing about the 144 UFO incidents that were analyzed.

A new office in the Pentagon will study UAPs

Later on, in December, President Joe Biden signed the inclusion of a brand new office in the Pentagon – the Airborn Object Identification and Management Synchronization Group. While the new fancy-named branch will not focus on UFO studies in particular, it will be tasked with scientific and technical analysis of UAP incidents from the past and future. This will include the testing of various theories that have been put forward in recent years.

Galileo Project

Another upcoming program is the Galileo Project, which will be controlled by former Harvard chair of astronomy – Avi Loeb. This initiative plans to build a telescope system in Harvard that will search for extraterrestrial technologies near Earth.

The work will be divided into two branches – one will search for new UAPs while the other one will dive into the nature of objects like Oumuamua.

A German university has approved the search for Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP)

A rather unexpected announcement in late January revealed that the University of Würzburg has approved the study of UAPs. The initiative became part of the Interdisciplinary Research Center for Extraterrestrial Science (IFEX), which is a scientific facility in the Faculty of Mathematics and Computer Science.

The regular goals of the research center have been the development and research of extraterrestrial science, including the exploration of space, search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and signs of life. Now, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena will also become part of the regular line of work.

IFEX chairman Hakan Kayal shared the following statement:

“We would like to promote the UAP research branch in an interdisciplinary framework, carry out our own projects and seek cooperation with relevant institutions and authorities, such as the Max Planck Society, the German Aerospace Center, the Federal Aviation Office or the German weather service.”

Moreover, he also installed a brand new camera system on the roof of the research center in late December. It is called the SkyCAM-5 UAP Detection System. Utilizing artificial intelligence, it will work autonomously and has been tasked to detect unknown phenomena.

Using advanced algorithms, the camera can effectively recognize birds and artificial objects like airplanes. It has also been programmed to get smarter with the increasing number of new species of birds and animals it detects. Overall, it has been designed to reduce the number of false observations of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena.

Professor Kayal has big plans for the future that include adding more cameras and upgrading them with special sensors that will further increase the accuracy of detections.


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Written by Vladislav Tchakarov

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