Monday, May 15, 2006

UK Ministry of Defense claims no evidence for the extra-terrestrial origin of UFO's, but cautions against chasing them.

The UK ministry of defense has finally declassified and released their report from 2000, Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) in the UK Air Defence Region, of the study of UFO's. At left is a picture of one of the phenomena captured at Lowestoft in 1997.

They claim in the report that they don't believe the UAP's to be extra-terrestrial in origin or represent a threat, but that is what you would expect the government to say anyway. From the report:
  • There is no evidence that any UAP, seen in the UKADR, are incursions by air-objects of any intelligent (extra-terrestrial or foreign) origin, or that they represent any hostile intent.
  • There is no evidence that 'solid' objects exist which could cause a collision hazard.
  • It should be stressed that, despite the recent increase in UAP events. The probability of encountering a UAP remains very low.
My favorite advice from the executive summary.
  • No attempt should be made to out-manoevre a UAP during interception.
  • At higher altitudes, although UAP appear to be benign to civil air-traffic, pilots should be advised not to manoevre, other than to place the object astern, if possible.
Below I have combined the yearly UK Ministry of Defense UFO data from the 2002-2005 reports I showed earlier, with the data from 1959 to 1996 from the full report.
Apparently the late 70's were a crazy time for UFO's as well as disco. The report also contains interesting attempts to track the path of some of these phenomena based on multiple reports at the same time in nearby locations. The assessed tracks (Figure 3-1 from Vol 3 part b) for sightings near London are highlighted in red for easier reading.

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