A government report is due next month. What are we to make of this? If the details so far are true, not only are we not alone, but we know absolutely nothing about how the universe really works. Call me a skeptic, but ships traveling 11,000 miles per hour and pulling 700 G-forces mean the laws of physics are literally at stake.
Let me begin by saying I never thought I’d write a post about UFOs. I believe the universe is vast and other life, likely intelligent, is out there somewhere, but the barriers of getting from there to here are insurmountable and the basic laws of physics would ultimately get in the way. We live in crazy times, however, and hence the government will release an unclassified report on UFO activity in June. What are we to make of it?
First, a little backstory. The report is being made public because President Donald Trump signed a $2.3 trillion appropriations bill before he left office mandating that the Pentagon and other agencies disclose the government’s knowledge of “unidentified aerial phenomena,” UAP, another term for UFOs. The mandate came after multiple videos had been released by the Navy showing unexplained flying objects in Earth’s atmosphere. The videos were originally released in September 2019, but not fully acknowledged until April 2020, noting “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.” Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough also added, “After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena.”
Prior to that, it was revealed that the US military has been operating the “Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program” (ATIP). This secretive program was purportedly headed by Luis Alizondo, operating out of a clandestine fifth floor of the Pentagon’s C-Ring. The program itself has been around since at least the Bush years, but was only made public in 2017 along with another, earlier round of video leaks. At the time, former President Trump described the videos as a “hell of a video montage” captured by the Navy. This included a dark circular object in front of a military jet in 2004 and another object racing over the land at high speeds in 2015. The Department of Defense confirmed the videos were real and the objects were considered UAPs. “As I got close to it…it rapidly accelerated to the south, and disappeared in less than two seconds,” said retired US Navy pilot David Fravor, who witnessed the object in 2004. “This was extremely abrupt, like a ping-pong ball, bouncing off a wall. It would hit and go the other way.”
Since then, Mr. Alizondo has come forward as a whistleblower of sorts. Last month, he spoke to the New York Post and held a press conference. The information he revealed can scarcely be believed. He claimed some of these encounters had been with aircraft flying at 11,000 miles per hour, capable of changing direction “instantly.” For comparison’s sake, if we had jets flying at that speed, a right hand turn would “take you about half the state of Ohio to do it.” He described the objects as being capable of “transmedium travel,” able to fly merely 50 feet above the ground or 80,000 feet in the air, even under water, generating 700 G-forces in the process.
“[These] things have no wings, no cockpits, no control surfaces, no rivets in the skin, no obvious signs of propulsion — and somehow they are able to defy the natural effects of Earth’s gravity,” Mr. Elizondo said. “How is that possible?” “When you see that, you recognize you are dealing with a technology more advanced than ours,” which might be the understatement of the millenium, more on that in a moment.
Moreover, he claims that sightings of these UFOs are on a dramatic rise. According to the National UFO Reporting Center, there has been an increase of 283% from 2018 in New York City alone. “There seems to be a very distinct congruency between UAP activity and our nuclear technology,” Mr. Elizondo explained. “That’s concerning to the point where we’ve actually had some of our nuclear capabilities disabled by these things…There is absolutely evidence that UAPs have an active interest in our nuclear technology.”
If Mr. Elizondo were alone in his pronouncements, they might be much easier to dismiss, even aside from the purported video evidence. He is not alone, however; acknowledgement of the existence of some form of UFO’s has moved outside of conspiracy minded cranks and into the highest echelons of government, For example, Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe told Fox News in March that the information in the report will not be easily explained. “There have been sightings all over the world,” he said. “And when we talk about sightings, the other thing I will tell you, it’s not just a pilot or just a satellite or some intelligence collection. Usually, we have multiple sensors that are picking up these things.”
As we await the report, there are a couple of things to consider. First, most of the attention in these stories has been focused on the old adage that “we are not alone.” Obviously, the existence of extra terrestrial intelligence, long a subject of speculation and imagination in the science fiction realm, would be the proverbial “game changer” for the human race. This would be interesting in and of itself even if the alien species continued to refuse to make contact with us, but there’s a much larger question that has gotten comparatively little attention: Our entire understanding of the universe as encapsulated by the laws of physics would be proven completely and spectacularly wrong. There would not be a single law or theorem that humanity has developed over the centuries that survives.
Allow me to explain in a little more detail: Generally speaking, physics includes two distinctly different entities, laws and theorems. The words are sometimes used interchangeably, laws are things we believe to be (practically) inviolate. Theorems are the latest hypotheses we use to explain those laws. In other words, theorems change, but laws rarely do, and even when that is the case, they are normally expanded or revised, not violated in their totality.
For example, physics has operated under the longstanding law of conservation of energy: The total energy in a system never changes, only the type of energy. This law had been suspected since the Ancient Greeks and it was formulated officially in the 1700’s. A companion law, the conservation of mass was also named around the same time. Einstein’s famous theory of relativity, however, showed that mass and energy are equivalent, and so both laws were combined into a single conservation of mass-energy. Thus, the fundamental principle still remains.
Of course, anything is possible and it remains conceivable that some new discovery would fundamentally alter a previously inviolate law of physics. At the same time, these laws are not something to be taken lightly: Between observations we have made throughout the universe, a sphere of several billion years into the past and observations we have made in our own solar system covering a span of billions of years, the laws of physics have never been shown to have been violated, not once. These observations span centuries and thousands of scientists, literally millions of hours devoted to finding an exception and yet none has been found. In short, they are as close to iron clad as anything we have ever known.
Perhaps, until now: The behavior of these UFOs, at least as described so far, appear to violate at a minimum the law of conservation of momentum and Newton’s universal law of gravitation. First, conservation of momentum. Simply put, the product of the mass and the velocity of a system always remains the same. In this case, the objects are claimed to have achieved speeds of 11,000 miles per hour and yet change direction in an instant. Some of these objects are said to be the size of a 747 jet, a craft that weighs over 412,000 pounds.
As Mr. Alizondo noted, a plane built by humans that traveled anywhere close to 11,000 miles per hour would require half the state of Ohio to make a simple right turn. This is the law of conservation of momentum in action. If you are going to turn 412,000 pounds traveling at massive speeds, the momentum needs to go somewhere. We’re talking about around 3,308,336,640,000 kilogram meters per second, an absolutely massive figure. To put this in perspective, a four door sedan traveling at 75 miles per hour has a momentum of only around 218,951,614 kilogram meters per second and yet still requires around 150 feet and several seconds to come to a stop or make a sharp turn and then several more seconds to reaccelerate in the new direction. For these alien ships, however, we’re talking about 1,510 times that much momentum stopping and turning on a dime.
There is no known or theorized propulsion system that could solve that momentum problem, certainly not while in Earth’s atmosphere. We’re not dealing with advanced technology. We’re dealing with technology we cannot even imagine. Likewise, the law of universal gravitation would also appear to be violated. A “G-force” is defined in terms of Earth’s standard gravitational pull at sea level, 9.8 meters per second squared. By comparison, an object on the surface of the sun would hit 274 meters per second squared, 27.9 G-forces. Our fastest flying objects hit 17. Somehow, these ships are hitting 700, that’s 6,860 meters per second squared, over 25 times that generated at the surface of the sun.
Moreover, force is defined as mass times acceleration, and accelerating a large object requires a lot of force. Let’s assume they have advanced materials and their 747 sized craft weighs a mere quarter of ours, 100,000 pounds, that still requires 311,162,740 Newtons to accelerate at that rate. A Space-X Falcon rocket by comparison generates around a million Newtons, this would be over 311 times that and with no known means of propulsion, able to utilize this force over and over again in any given direction. In other words, it’s again impossible with anything we can even conceive.
There’s another problem as well. The occupants of the craft are also subject to the gravitational force, the feel of being pushed back in your seat when you give your car some gas or when a plane takes off. The average human passes out around 5 G-forces, some can be trained for up to 9; 700 would literally crush us to a pulp and practically turn us into a diamond. This means one of the three things. First, the extraterrestrials are from a world several times more massive than the sun, not likely. Second, the craft is robotic, yet even then it would be constructed of materials and designed with engineering we can barely imagine. Third, they have some kind of anti-gravity. That would solve many of the “problems” I’ve pointed out, but that brings us back to the laws of physics: Anti-gravity isn’t possible under the rules of the universe as we know them.
On top of all this, none of what I’ve written so far accounts for the amount of energy that would be required. Unfortunately, I’ve been unable to find precise figures, but tremendous would be the word to describe it, something along the lines of an atomic bomb being detonated, harnessed, and consumed perhaps once a minute or more. Needless to say, nothing we know of can do that, perhaps except antimatter, but that only brings us back to the reality that the laws of physics as we know them would effectively be suspended.
In short, we’re not only looking at potentially re-imagining our place in the universe, but instead the makings of the universe itself. I’ll admit to being skeptical. The laws of nature are not easily broken, nor can I say I really trust the government to issue an accurate report. Even the current information doesn’t make much sense. Why would an alien species that can violate the laws of physics and take advantage of energy sources we can’t even imagine care about nuclear power? It would be more ridiculous than a time traveler from today visiting a caveman to check out their firewood supply. They’d also be capable of remaining entirely undetected if they wanted. Why taunt a few planes and then disappear for no apparent reason?
At the same time, stranger things have happened, or have they? I guess we shall see next month…