Sean Kirkpatrick, Director of the Pentagon’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), and former Harvard Astronomy chair Avi Loeb recently published a research paper addressing recent UFO sightings.
In the paper, Kirkpatrick and Loeb state that UFOs which appear to defy the laws of physics could be alien probes from a “parent craft” sent to study Earth.
“With proper design, these tiny probes would reach the Earth or other solar system planets for exploration, as the parent craft passes by within a fraction of the Earth-Sun separation — just like ‘Oumuamua’ did,” the authors wrote. “Astronomers would not be able to notice the spray of mini-probes because they do not reflect enough sunlight for existing survey telescopes to notice them.”
These gigantic interstellar vehicles could shed probes as they travel through star systems like “dandelion seeds”, the report said, using the sun’s gravity to detach the probes as the mothership flew past.
The probes could use starlight to “charge their batteries” and the Earth’s water as fuel.
“Habitable planets would be particularly appealing to extra-terrestrial trans-medium probes, capable of moving between space, air and water,” the paper’s authors wrote.
“From a large distance, Venus, Earth or Mars would be equally attractive for probes. But upon closer inspection, Earth would show spectral signatures of liquid water and vegetation.”
The authors also asked, “What would be the overarching purpose of the journey? In analogy with actual dandelion seeds, the probes could propagate the blueprint of their senders. As with biological seeds, the raw materials on the planet’s surface could also be used by them as nutrients for self-replication or simply scientific exploration.”
Not everyone is buying it though.
“It’s a fine line because there’s ‘being open to speculative ideas’ like this, but that can be translated into an actual supporting of this possibility, and I think that’s where there needs to be more clarity,” Alejandro Rojas, a board member of the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies, told Politico. “It does look like [DoD is] supporting some really wild ideas which thus far are felt to be unsubstantiated.”
On Wednesday, the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services will hear testimony from Sean Kirkpatrick in an open hearing on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), or UFOs.
The Emerging Threats and Capabilities subcommittee meeting comes after Senator Kirsten Gillibrand criticized the Department of Defense for not providing the funding for the AARO that had been promised.
“The lack of full funding for AARO is a significant concern,” she told the Roswell Daily Record.
“We need to ensure that our government is taking the UAP issue seriously and dedicating the necessary resources to improve our understanding and response capabilities.”