Last week, the German Aerospace Society hosted a workshop to discuss the search for extraterrestrial intelligent life and whether a recently released Pentagon report on unidentified aerial phenomena – the new preferred name for UFOs – should change our view to this regard. Guest speakers were Massimo Teodorani, Italian astrophysicist and book author, Hakan Kayal, remote sensing expert from the German Aerospace Center, and myself.
The Pentagon report has sparked a number of reactions in the United States, including a project initiated by Avi Loeb of Harvard University and others to investigate unexplained aerial phenomena. Scientists across the Atlantic have also observed the latest developments. The European body which is monitoring UAP observations more closely is probably GEIPAN, a unit of the French Space Agency which has analyzed a total of 2,923 cases, 99 of which remain unexplained to this day. This roughly matches the percentage of unexplained sightings in the United States.
I went on the workshop agenda first, giving a general overview of the search for extraterrestrial life and the evolutionary progression (on Earth) to complex and intelligent life, including the zoo hypothesis cosmic. I then discussed the Fermi Paradox and its possible solutions, some of which might be consistent with the idea that UAPs are of extraterrestrial origin – for example, Star TrekThe main directive of, that aliens do not (generally) interfere with humanity.
Then, Teodorani developed methodologies to distinguish natural phenomena from artificial objects. This would, ideally, require that the spectral resolution of UAP images be increased by a factor of 1,000 to 10,000. He also pointed out that the number of reported sightings correlates roughly with the size of the population, but with variations. significant outliers. These exceptional locations can be prime locations for the UAP – something it thinks should be considered. Teodorani saw no correlation of sightings with magnetic anomalies, but another workshop participant pointed out that a reported correlation of PAN sightings with tectonic fault lines may suggest that piezoelectricity may be responsible for some of the observations.
In her speech, Kayal pointed out that in order to investigate the UAP, we must first fully understand the known phenomena and objects, including sprites, elves, blue jets, weather balloons, and possible technical artifacts. He informed us of his own efforts to develop sensor systems that could reduce false positive detections, which, based on his experience, turned out to be primarily birds or insects. Kayal has managed to reduce the fraction of false positive detections to 95%, but his goal is to get as close to 100% as possible.
The consensus of workshop participants was that UAPs should be looked at with greater openness and without stigma. According to Kayal, the small but significant percentage of observations that remain unexplained (3.4%, according to GEIPAN) could be due to secret technological developments, to previously unknown natural phenomena or to extraterrestrial intelligence, all of which would be exciting and important to know. . I am convinced that eventually science will be successful in providing an answer, especially as detection technology improves.
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