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A history of UAP research at CNES – CNES

Posted by dandare on May 5, 2013

A history of UAP research at CNES

From Gepan to Geipan

In 1977, the CNES Director General set up the Gepan* research group to pursue studies initiated by a CNES engineer as a personal project.

Its mandate was simple: conduct research into UFOs (as they are commonly called). The group’s work was overseen by a scientific advisory board.

Gepan continued its research until 1988, when it was superseded by Sepra**. As well as UAPs, the new unit also monitored artificial atmospheric re-entries, i.e. debris from space missions falling back to Earth.

In 2000, Sepra refocused on the original mission of UAP research, albeit with limited resources. In 2001, the Director General requested an audit to help decide on the future of this CNES department.

via A history of UAP research at CNES – CNES.

CNES

CNES (Photo credit: f2g2)

However in 2005 there was a:

New unit, broader mandate(cnes.fr)

On the basis of the audit recommendations, UAP activities resumed with a
new CNES unit called Geipan, set up in 2005. This unit reports to
senior management at the Toulouse Space Centre and is overseen by an
independent external steering committee, which guides and monitors its
work.

Information is made available to the public here (in french).

Their news can be found here .

Richard Lelancette started translating reports into English on his blog.

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Why the UFO Community Must Step Up Its Game | David Reneke | Space and Astronomy News

Posted by dandare on April 27, 2013

If you follow UFO investigations in the media and wonder are the reports solid, well investigated and as clear as they seem then consider there may be a problem area you need to know about.

Arguably, two of the greatest problems inherent to the field of Ufology today are that approaches to studying UFOs are 1) not keeping up with available technology and 2) are perhaps, at times, being influenced negatively by technology more so than in ages past. I’ll expound further on precisely what I mean by this in a moment, but first I must pose the very necessary question: will the serious study of UFOs continue to live up to the challenges of our rate of technological growth, or will the study of more advanced intelligence than our own become hindered by these advancements?

via Why the UFO Community Must Step Up Its Game | David Reneke | Space and Astronomy News.

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The Case of the UFOs – 1982 Documentary – YouTube

Posted by dandare on March 28, 2013

Published on 16 Jan 2013

BBC’s Horizon documentary series focuses on the American government’s investigation into claims about UFOs. Originally aired in 1982 in UK.

via The Case of the UFOs – 1982 Documentary – YouTube.

Even though an old documentary, it shows that caution is needed in the field of Ufology, and i find it proves that alot of fakes are out there. I think it illustrates it’s points well.

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Army Tests New Hybrid Airship « Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff)

Posted by dandare on March 26, 2013

What I’m wondering is if you could make a combination jet and balloon where you retract the balloon part as you fire up the jet engines. That would be awesome and would make UFO sighting headlines.

You’d hear reports like this: “The object hovered for 20 minutes, then suddenly accelerated straight up at high speed. Definitely aliens.”

via Army Tests New Hybrid Airship « Xenophilia (True Strange Stuff).

Interesting stuff, and it’s worth keeping this in mind, along with other technology out there, when evaluating what it is we see in the sky.

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IFO’s …..What are they?

Posted by dandare on October 5, 2012

What is an IFO; well it is a term that stands for Identified Flying Objects…. we refer to them, when we are able to identify an object in the sky.

I would like to quickly guide you through some of the many IFO’s in the sky, just to show that there is alot out there that is identified; this is important, as we must always keep this in mind, when looking at possible UFO’s…. for instance, live checks can be made on sateillites and where they are, if you know where to look ……

The Delta Project “Common IFO Phenomena” by Robert Moore;  gives a flavour of the IFO subject (Identified Flying Object).

There are many IFO’s out there:

1  Sateillites

For instance, the Naval Ocean Surveillance Sateillite.

” NOSS is a group of satellites that travel as a group of three in orbit around the Earth and sighting of this trio has given rise to many UFO reports in the UK” (extract from post).Also see here for more links to sateillites, with programmes to track them, ect.

For real time sateillite tracking see Heaven’s Above (recommended). Also for Hubble, Mir and others see here , here and here (real time tracking also).

Paul Maley’s site   (which is way out of date) shows just how much re-entered junk, falls back down to earth.

2  Space Junk

Alot of re-entry space junk, can be another possible IFO.

It has been the cause of quite a few ufo sightings; they are similar to bright fireball meteors, but have been known to be much more dramatic.

Only recently, space junk was the cause of sightings- in the UK.

sky news

BBC News

“On average, one non-functional spacecraft, launch vehicle orbital stage, or other piece of cataloged debris has fallen back to Earth every day for more than 40 years. The majority of these objects do not survive the intense reentry environment. For the minority which do survive in whole or in part, most fall harmlessly into the oceans or onto sparsely populated regions such as Siberia, the Australian Outback, or the Canadian Tundra. Occasionally, components of spacecraft and launch vehicles are found” (extract from NASA Debris Re-entry recovered ). However, this phenomena is becoming more common as the years pass.

Sources for this on the internet are Orbital Debris Quarterly news here , paul maley’s site “satellite ” website, with pictures of large re-entry debris here (still quite rare, especially at these sizes; thats a relief).

3    UFO Balloons

UFO balloons (or fire balloons) are a small balloon, heated by a flame below….. they are based on sky lanterns (invented by Chu Ko Liang), from China, which where traditionally made from a combination of bamboo frames and rice paper…. and used a rag dipped in paraffin, which was then lit, to get them airborne.

UFO balloons (i think commercialy started in 2005?) use a clear plastic bag (others use other material such as dry cleaner bags), and fitted below with a firelighter, held in place by wire; others have used balsa wood and drinking straws to make them, and a candle in place of the firelighter.

A ufo balloon being lit and put into the air can be seen here on you tube…..

These balloons need to be put into the mix, when researching and collaborating UFO sightings, to confirm that it is not these that have sparked off the reported sightings…. they do have some characteristics that can help in this though…. they have a whiteish-yellow glow, although in some weather conditions, these can be orangey red, and do not move quickly (unless in a strong wind-although this could create a fire risk) and always with the wind too, obviously.

They must be used in the right weather conditions, otherwise there is a real possibility that they can catch fire to the surrounding countryside, property, etc.

The ideal conditions to use them are on cool, clear non breezy evenings… they last for around 8 to 10 minutes (but sometimes slightly longer) and can rise as far as about 1000 metres; it can also move with airstream’s as it rises. Although i have heard of some that can last for far longer (up to 40 minutes they claim) using a candle framework to keep it alight for longer…. i’m sure there are other variations too.

Another thing is that they do not come out well on camera or video, but can be quite visual when seen real time.

So UFO followers must take this into account when considering reports of ufo’s, although there are many IFO’s out there (i will when time allows put a permanent page up, with as many references to IFO’s as i can).

This just gives you a flavour of what there is out in the skies……. hope this helps you when you see something in the sky…always ask- is it possibly an IFO.

video references to over IFOs

website articles on IFOs:

Ian Ridpath Astronomical causes of UFOs

UFO-Blog.com IFOs (LITS) UFO Balloons, chinese lanterns and misidentifications

UAP Observations Reporting Scheme Misidentifications

UFO Study A Handbook for Enthusiasts (can download this book for free-well worth it for all things UFO) By Jenny Randles and updated by Robert Moore

MUFON Frequently asked questions

Makeuseof   5 best android apps to turn UFOs into IFOs

At CNES What if you observe a UAP  A history of UAP research all English versions

For French version of GEIPAN , with more info see here

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