- A Silicon Valley Startup Is Dedicated to Detecting UFOs Off the California Coast
- UAP eXpeditions is made up of former military officials, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, venture capitalists, and academics.
- Their mission: legitimize the field of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, with actual science.
With this summer’s revelation that the US Navy considers UFOs and “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" (UAPs) to be real, a team of venture capitalists, university professors, and military veterans are launching a project to track UFOs off the coast of California.
Interesting enough, a new nonprofit will explore what the U.S Navy calls “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena" (UAPs). Backed in part by Silicon Valley investors, UAP eXpeditions hopes to:
“field a top-notch group of uber-experienced professionals providing the public service of field testing new UAP related technologies."
The nonprofit is registered to a man named Kevin Day, a former U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer and radar operator whose time in service has influenced his new organization.
While serving in the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group on the USS Princeton in 2004, Day experienced the “Nimitz UFO Incident," which concerned a “whitish oval object, about the size of a commercial plane, chased by two Navy F/A-18F fighter jets from the aircraft carrier Nimitz off the coast of San Diego,” according to a 2017 New York Times report.
Former U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer
“ The failure to study these phenomena scientifically has resulted in a state of ignorance, which is unacceptable considering the aviation safety issues that have been reported by the U.S. Navy "Kevin Day
There have been other UAP investigative groups, of course. The Center for UFO Studies and the Mutual UFO Network, among others, are alive and functioning. But those groups probably don’t employ people like Dr. Kevin Knuth, a former scientist from NASA’s Ames Research Center, current associate physics professor at the University of Albany, and key member of UAP eXpeditions.
Dr. Kevin Knuth
Former scientist NASA’s Ames Research Center
“Knuth says: ” the group is still in early phases, but “the goal of the expedition is to give us some ground truth. We aim to try to observe these objects directly, and record them using multiple imaging modalities."Kevin Knuth
The project has two phases. First, the team will obtain current satellite images of the area, determine if they can observe these anomalous objects, and then monitor the images both manually and by using machine learning. After this, they will build up a database of detection, classifications, and any observed patterns of activity.
Secondly, the team will detect and record abnormal aerial activity using tracking security cameras in the visual to infrared wavelengths with telephoto lenses, high power binoculars, and spotting scopes. Also, they are planning to employ high-quality drones in the air with imaging capabilities.
Getting the money to pay for all this isn’t going to be easy. While Day’s team is working on grant proposals, they know that the vast majority of funding will have to be private. Renting a research vessel and acquiring the high-tech gear needed to search for UFOs is not cheap. While Day is looking at potentially crowd funding this project, he hopes that the non-profit can secure a few angel investors who are interested in funding scientific research into studying the UFO phenomenon. Day is asking for any interested parties to reach out to him via email as the group’s website is still under development.
If you like to learn more, here is an Academic paper by Kevin Day.
It examines a handful of well-documented encounters, including the 2004 encounters with the Nimitz Carrier Group off the coast of California.
Received: 21 August 2019 / Accepted: 21 September 2019 / Published: 25 September 2019