UAP sightings don’t conform to laws of physics, new paper claims
The paper, which is still undergoing peer review, is entitled ‘Physical Constraints on Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’ and examines the alleged movements and capabilities of unexplained objects sighted by US Navy pilots off the coast of the United States.
The pair are certainly no strangers to UFOs; Loeb is an astrophysicist who has been heavily involved in the search for signs of extraterrestrial intelligence while Dr Kirkpatrick is the director of the Pentagon’s All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO).
In the new paper, they argue that the alleged capabilities of these “highly maneuverable” objects are so extreme that the sheer friction involved should have produced a visible fireball as well as a corresponding radio signature that could be picked up on radar.
The fact that these effects weren’t present at the time suggests that either these objects were somehow defying the laws of physics or the data concerning such encounters may not be entirely accurate.
“We derive physical constraints on interpretations of ‘highly maneuverable’ Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) based on standard physics and known forms of matter and radiation,” they wrote.
“In particular, we show that the friction of UAP with the surrounding air or water is expected to generate a bright optical fireball, ionization shell and tail – implying radio signatures.”
“The lack of all these signatures could imply inaccurate distance measurements (and hence derived velocity) for single site sensors without a range gate capability.”