At a recent public briefing, an independent NASA study team, along with Department of Defense and FAA officials, discussed their ongoing efforts on analyzing Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) data. These UAPs are sky events that cannot be identified scientifically as aircraft or known natural phenomena.
Taking the stage at a recent public meeting were independent NASA study team members who discussed UFO data gathered over the past few months. They shared insights on their ongoing quest to classify and evaluate data concerning Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) UFOs. The event, a collaboration with officials from the Department of Defense and FAA, allowed the team to explain these mysterious sky occurrences, not scientifically classified as aircraft or known natural phenomena.
Broadening the Horizon of Anomalous Observations
Daniel Evans, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Research at NASA’s Science Mission Directorate, took the floor to discuss how the team had updated their UAP terminology. Striving for greater inclusivity, they aimed to represent anomalous phenomena across all domains, not just aerial sightings. However, Evans acknowledged that the bulk of the data under study still primarily involves aerial observations.
NASA: Unveiling Quality Concerns in UFO Data Collection
David Spergel, chair of NASA’s independent UAP study team, advocated for higher-quality data during the event. Highlighting the flaws in current data collection methods, he emphasized that the collected data on UAPs often lacks a scientific approach and the use of properly calibrated instruments.
The Department of Defense’s Unique Perspective on UAPs
Sean Kirkpatrick, Director of the Department of Defense’s Across Domains Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), shared his office’s insights into the enigmatic UAP occurrences. He noted that anomalies displaying unusual characteristics represent only a small fraction of the reported UAP incidents. Kirkpatrick also touched on the issue of harassment targeted at his team, a product of public misunderstanding of the scientific method.
FAA’s Pioneering Role in UFO Data Accumulation
Mike Freie, Technical Adviser for the FAA’s Office of Air Traffic Surveillance Services, outlined his agency’s mission and the role it plays in gathering UAP-related data. He provided details about the surveillance systems utilized by the FAA and noted that no classified DOD systems or sensitive data were involved in the data shared.
Probing the UFO/Alien Hypothesis: UAPs as Extraterrestrial Artifacts
As the discussion took a turn toward the unknown, David Grinspoon, Principal Scientist at the Institute for Planetary Sciences, raised the possibility of UAPs being non-human technology. He argued that with its existing capabilities, NASA’s active object detection program could be deployed to search for objects in space displaying anomalous motion and other peculiar characteristics.
A Balanced View: UFOs and Non-Human Intelligence
The debate reached a crux when Anamaria Berea, Associate Professor at George Mason University, addressed the notion of UAPs as evidence of non-human intelligence. The scientist stressed that a definitive yes or no answer was neither feasible nor prudent, underscoring the importance of relying on data and following the scientific process.
Unveiling NASA’s Core Mission: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life
The session’s conclusion saw Spergel emphasizing the role of NASA’s mission in the UAP discourse. He highlighted that the question of extraterrestrial life is integral to NASA’s exploration initiatives. The event concluded with an anticipation of a public report detailing NASA’s UAP study findings, expected in late July.