Updated: Nov 2, 2021
Since the first release of the 2013 Aguadilla, Puerto Rico UAP report on August 10, 2015, there have been various inputs from new sources, various blogs, and social media sites related to the content of the video and our report. The only review that we have received to date is from the French aeronautical group Sigma-3AF and that was only an initial review of the report. They have indicated that a full review of the report should be available in December on their website. We will place a link to their site once such a review is completed.
Alternative Hypotheses Submitted to SCU
This report is a response by the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies to the report written by Rubén
Lianza and posted on the IPACO website:
The Lianza paper argues that the unknown object in the 2013 Aguadilla, IR video is two Chinese Lanterns, party lanterns, etc., that are tied together. The SCU has read the paper carefully and rejects this possibility for several reasons. First, in order to match the lines-of-sight between the camera and the object, any wind born object must be traveling a minimum of 16 mph, and this is typically too fast a wind, for a lantern to remain airborne. Second, the lantern theory does not explain the disappearance of the object behind trees and most importantly into the water. Third, the lanterns would have shown up as two separate objects early on in the video and this is not the case. Lastly, we examine the lantern theory assumption, that a few ideal frames can be selected to do detailed and specific measurements.
SCU's response to the Balloon Hypothesis persists on various social media sites with individuals vehemently arguing balloon(s) are the explanation. We have repeatedly asked for a scientific approach to the investigation of this video and for anyone with a possible
explanation to simply provide evidence to support their hypothesis . We are more than willing to look at possible explanations and will readily post another individual's explanation of the video if a reasonable and detailed report is sent to us. As yet, none of the balloon hypothesis proponents have contacted us through the SCU website to provide the necessary data to support a balloon hypothesis . While some balloon proponents have provided descriptions or generic drawings of their hypothesis, they have been inadequate to enable duplication of their methods. If proponents would just provide the latitude/longitude coordinates at specific times for the location of the balloon, we can verify that these positions and times match the objective data. Duplication and verification on the basis of objective data is the essence of the scientific method.
An explanation and animation of the FAA Radar data of the April 2013 incident by Robert Powell. See full report.
Aguadilla 2013. Presentation of combined transponder data & data transcribed from MX15D video from Customs & Border Protection aircraft.
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