This month, the U.S. government is set to release a UFO report put together by the intelligence community and the Pentagon, including a specially created Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force. That task force was established to provide insight into the nature and origins of purported aerial objects, primarily reported by Navy personnel, that exhibit behavior that’s tough to explain — and could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security.
Such news has boosted to stratospheric heights the “I told you so” believers who have long argued that unidentified flying objects are skimming through our skies, piloted by extraterrestrials chalking up interplanetary frequent flyer mileage points in the process. Related: 7 things most often mistaken for UFOs However, are UAPs doing a disservice to UFOs? Are they really one and the same phenomenon? Maybe UAPs are time travelers and we, Earthlings from the future, are the pilots? Or perhaps they’re adventurers from far-off worlds just checking us out.
Maybe UAPs are advanced high-tech drones built by other nations, or maybe they’re home-built craft sponsored by some super-secret U.S. program? For the moment, let’s put all that aside and ask: What, if anything, will the government’s UAP report reveal? And what will happen next? Click here for more Space.com videos… Cut-and-dry report? There are already those who say that the report will basically amount to a “nothingburger.” “I’m interested in the report, but less than optimistic anything significant will surface,” said Scott Miller, chair and professor of the Aerospace Engineering Department at Wichita State University.
It will likely be a typical, cut-and-dry government report, Miller added — a review of sightings, void of conjecture, sensitive to political issues and absent of any classified information. “Of course, these characteristics will leave it wide open to criticism and opportunity,” he told Space.com. Miller suspects that many of the sightings are related to individuals or nations simply doing some “spying.” Building and operating high-performance unmanned aerial vehicles is relatively easy for experienced individuals and, especially, countries.
He envisions people making their own aircraft and operating them in places they shouldn’t be, such as within restricted airspace where UAPs have been sighted. “The Chinese and Russians could easily do this sort of thing, from within the U.S., using hobby and other common resources,” Miller said. “If I was them, I would make sure my spy vehicle looked otherworldly. Being seen while spying isn’t desired, but the related confusion that ensues adds to the noise of their mischief. It’s also funny to them.”