Updated: Feb 2, 2021
Contact: Jonathan Lace, SCU Public Relations Officer
Subject: SCU Analysis of DoD UAP Videos
For Immediate Release: September 21, 2020
In April of 2020, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), in an unprecedented step, posted to their public website three videos of Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAPs) obtained during military operations. These videos were already in public circulation. The impact of the publication and official classification of these videos as containing “unidentified” phenomena have made a significant and historic impact in the larger public debate on this subject. For example, based on these videos and subsequent reports and interviews of the eye-witnesses published by The New York Times, other news outlets, and on various television documentaries, earlier this year the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence requested an unclassified report from the Director of National Intelligence which analyzes and summaries data from the Office of Naval Intelligence and its Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and which establishes a detailed description of data collection among various federal agencies.* These are the most significant governmental responses to the UAP question since the establishment of Project Blue Book over 60 years ago. The Scientific Coalition for Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena Studies (SCU) applauds the official release of these data by the DoD and hopes that it might indicate a willingness to engage the public research community.
SCU’s prior work related to these three videos is as follows:
(1) Nov. 14, 2004 the USS Nimitz and the USS Princeton encountered a UAP off the coast of southern California. This encounter included radar contacts, an engagement by an F/A-18F, and two hours later this video was taken of a UAP. An SCU research group thoroughly analyzed the Nov. 14, 2004 video of the UAP and all publicly available data from the related incident, and produced a peer reviewed evaluation** as well as a peer reviewed scientific paper: "Estimating Flight Characteristics of Anomalous Unidentified Aerial Vehicles in the 2004 Nimitz Encounter” by Knuth, Powell, and Reali.*** The conclusions in these papers point towards a UAP technology with capabilities exhibited that do not match any known technology in the public domain, and call for the release of additional data collected by the military during the event;
(2) Jan. 26, 2015 video known as the “Gimbal” video involving the USS Carrier Strike Group Roosevelt that was operating off the U.S. eastern coast;
(3) Jan. 26, 2015 video known as the “Go Fast” video involving the USS Carrier Strike Group Roosevelt that was operating off the U.S. eastern coast.
SCU has insufficient supporting data to develop a full analysis of either of these two videos and the surrounding events of Jan 26, 2015, and would welcome any related radar data, EM transmissions or witness testimony that could be provided by those involved with the incident. The SCU can be contacted here: https://www.explorescu.org/contact-us.
The SCU uses scientific methods informed by validated data. We include a thorough investigation of witnesses, source channels, video recording with valid EXIF files, technical instrument data files and corroborated witness testimony, and cross-check all information back to the sources, dates and times of the incidents. From analysis of these data we generate hypotheses, recommendations and questions for further study.
The SCU believes that all unclassified technical or government data regarding unidentified aerospace objects should be made available to the public to be openly investigated by the broader scientific community. A full scientific investigation of such data would be able to uncover valuable information relating to both national security and advancement of our understanding of physics, aerospace engineering, and our world.
The SCU recommends the following:
That Congress should allocate public research funding through the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), and/or NASA to study these phenomena, whose results would then be published in the public-domain; and that Congress should require all government branches (e.g. Armed Services, NASA, NORAD, etc.) to disseminate to the open scientific community all data (electronic and observational), and consequent research on these phenomena, which does not compromise our national security interests.
The Scientific Coalition for Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) Studies (SCU) is an international 501 (c)(3) non-profit based in Fort Myers, Florida and founded in 2017 that studies past and present UAP phenomena. This research organization is composed of scientists, engineers, former military officers, law enforcement personnel, and others with science, technical and investigative experience.
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