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:
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.
Paul Maley’s site (which is way out of date) shows just how much re-entered junk, falls back down to earth.
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.
“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:
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
For French version of GEIPAN , with more info see here