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Pilots will not be considered deranged anymore

publicado a la‎(s)‎ 27 may. 2019 11:59 por Plataforma Sites Dgac   [ actualizado el 21 ago. 2020 11:48 ]
Aerospace Engineering professor at the University of Michigan Iain D. Boyd, who is a Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from the University of Southampton, England, has just published an article regarding the UFO investigation by the US Pentagon.

Iain D. Boyd says that, according to the new institutional protocols, the us pilots and marines will not be considered deranged anymore for reporting unidentified flying objects.

It’s not like that country’s military is finally considering the idea that extraterrestrial starships are visiting Earth, but they are interested in discovering the origin of phenomena that take place in the airspace.
 
As human beings, we are often wrong and we misinterpret the observation of natural phenomena. This behavior is almost as old as homo sapiens and it includes examples, like manatees mistaken for mermaids and floating planks in a Scottish lake that have been interpreted like a great submarine monster.
 
According to the American academic, a very recent example of that was the observation of a strange luminous formation in the sky that was actually due to the launch of a rocket by SpaceX.

According to Boyd, in those cases there are wrong interpretations because people have incomplete information or don’t understand what they are seeing.
 
A serious problem

“Upon the basis of my previous experience as an Air Force’s scientific advisor, I think that the Pentagon wants to avoid that kind of confusion, so it needs to understand better the flying objects that it can’t identify right now. During a military mission, whether in times of peace or war, if a pilot or soldier can’t identify an object, they have a serious problem:

How should they react, if they don’t know if it’s neutral, friendly or a threat?

Fortunately, the military can use advanced technology to try to identify strange things in the sky,” he remarks.

“Situation conscience” is the term used in the military to have a complete understanding of the surroundings where a person or group is operating.

An stange and anomalous aerial phenomenon represents an unknown in the situation conscience. When any pilot observes something strange during the flight, the only thing he can do is ask other pilots and Air Traffic Control if it has any information about that he has seen in plain sight.

This kind of phenomena —that some call UFOs— are an opportunity for the military and civil crews to enhance their identification processes.

Automatic systems

Iain D. Boyd adds that, in the future, part of this job could be achieved with automatic systems and, potentially, in real times as an incident takes place.

Military vehicles (Humvees, battleships, aircraft and satellites all alike) are full of sensor. It’s not only passive devices, as radio receptors, video cameras and infrared images, but also active systems, such as radar, sonar and lidar. Besides, a military vehicle is hardly alone ever: they travel in convoys, navigate in fleets and fly in formations. And all of them are observed by satellites from different orbits around the Earth.

The University of Michigan professor says that the sensors can give a vast array of information regarding these phenomena or “UFOs,” including range, speed, heading, shape, size and temperatura.

He also says that there’s a need of being rigorous because with so many sensors and information, it’s a real challenge to combine the information and get anything that’s useful or understandable.
 
Artificial intelligence

The use of new technologies —like artificial intelligence— could be used to combine all the information gathered to analyze all the signals that come from the sensors, singling out any observation that it could not identify.

In those cases, the system could even assign sensors in nearby vehicles or satellites in orbit to collect additional information in real time. Then, it could create an even more complete picture.

For now, technology and artificial intelligence are not infallible. Por example, in a famous experiment performed by Google’s scientists, an advanced image recognition algorithm based in artificial intelligence was fooled to wrongly identify the picture of a panda as a gibbon simply by distorting a small amount of the original pixels.

In Boyd’s opinion, the United States Navy’s new focus to report on unknown aerial phenomena’s encounters is a good first step.
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