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AIAA Accepts Three Papers from the SCU

Updated: Mar 14, 2023


March 13 – The Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU), a data-driven organization of scientists, academics, and research professionals dedicated to conducting and supporting open scientific research into unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP), released the following announcement:

The SCU is pleased to announce the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) recently accepted three papers for their upcoming 2023 Aviation Forum from SCU scientists. AIAA, the “voice of the aerospace profession,” is an international leader and publisher of aerospace research and serves as a source of technical expertise to decision-makers in Congress and the executive branch. The papers will be presented in the Aerospace Traffic Management session under Scientific & Technical Advancements in UAP Understanding and subsequently made available to the public on the SCU website.

Peter Reali, SCU Board Member: “The SCU is honored by the acceptance of our research papers for presentation at the AIAA 2023 Aviation Conference. The SCU is dedicated to an impartial scientifically-based investigation of UAP. We are pleased by AIAA’s recognition and hope this will help move scientific efforts forward.”

Robert Powell, SCU Executive Board Member: “The SCU has multiple projects directed at obtaining a better understanding of UAP. We are pleased to add these papers to the scientific understanding of this phenomenon.”

Papers to be presented at the AIAA Aviation and Aeronautics Forum and Exposition, June 12-16, 2023, San Diego, California:

FAA Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Sighting Reports: A Preliminary Survey, by Ralph O. Howard, Jr.: A preliminary analysis of 849 U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Sighting Reports was completed by inspection and review. This is a six-month subset (January to June 2020) of the 11,229 reports received by the FAA between 2014 and June 2020. The purpose of this study was to enhance basic knowledge concerning the nature and presence of drones in U.S. airspace, explore the possibility that UAP are recorded in the FAA data, and contribute towards enhanced aircraft safety. Reports were manually reviewed for altitudes, descriptions, shapes, sizes, event time of day, and other characteristics. This study finds that unexpectedly large numbers of drones are being encountered by pilots at surprisingly high altitudes across the U.S., well above the official FAA drone altitude limit of 122m (400 ft).

Aerodynamic Interactions and Turbulence Mitigation by Unidentified Aerospace-undersea Phenomena, by Dr. Timothy K. Oliver: In this study, we explore the hypothesis that the apparent absence of interaction on the surrounding physical media of fast-moving Unidentified Aerospace-undersea Phenomena (UAP) may be explained by the use of a functionalized force field. Application of such a force field, emanating and centered on a moving object, provides the object the ability to move through water without significant pressure changes and cavitation, and through the air without shock waves, sonic booms, or aerodynamic heating. Although the application and source of such a field are purely speculative, our research using computational fluid dynamics (CFD) has shown that the operation of such a force field can significantly mitigate these fluid dynamic features. This knowledge could help develop technologies aiding in UAP recognition and avoidance for aviators encountering these safety hazards.

System Study of Constraints for the Creation of UAP Electromagnetic Signature Optimal Detection Systems, by Peter A. Reali: This paper examines optimal UAP detection network strategies that deploy either video or still cameras over a large geographic area where UAP events randomly occur. Such a system may help improve air traffic safety related to UAP encounters. The systems model determines the number of stations required to achieve at least one detection within a derived period of time as a function of the eight assumed parameters of the model. This presents a guideline for design specifications, cost objectives, and maintenance considerations for a large network of stations, and can be extended to include radar or infrared sensors. The calculations assume a probabilistic sampling model with replacement based on the binomial distribution. The study points out the difficulty of getting good optical data and why historically, this has been so difficult.


SCU promotes and encourages the rigorous scientific examination of UAP, commonly known as Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). SCU comprises scientists, engineers, members of the high-tech and defense industries, former military, and other professionals, utilizing scientific principles, methodologies, and practices to advance the study of UAP observed and reported around the globe.

The Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions to SCU are tax-deductible.


Announcement AIAA Accepts Three SCU Papers
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