A new report detailing the assessments of NASA’s Unidentified Anomalous Phenomena (UAP) Independent Study Team published on Thursday called for better data about mysterious aerial phenomena and revealed the American space agency’s recent appointment of a NASA Director of UAP Research.
Offering guidance on what kinds of information will be most useful in helping determine the nature and origin of UAP going forward, the team’s report did not provide findings related to past UAP sightings.
“At present, analysis of UAP data is hampered by poor sensor calibration, the lack of multiple measurements, the lack of sensor metadata, and the lack of baseline data,” the authors state in the report. “Making a concerted effort to improve all aspects is vital, and NASA’s expertise should be comprehensively leveraged as part of a robust and systematic data acquisition strategy within the whole-of-government framework.”
The report’s authors advise that NASA should remain a contributor to data collection on UAP going forward, emphasizing the importance of detecting UAP “with multiple, well-calibrated sensors,” adding that the American space agency “could potentially leverage its considerable expertise in this domain to utilize multispectral or hyperspectral data as part of a rigorous data acquisition campaign.”
The UAP Independent Study Team’s report also encourages the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML), calling them “essential tools for identifying rare occurrences, potentially including UAP,” although reliable data will be required in order for them to be effective in helping to resolve existing questions about UAP.
Notably, the report also reveals NASA’s plans to appoint a new Director of UAP Research to lead the space agency’s efforts to collect and analyze quality data on UAP as part of the U.S. federal government’s broader effort to resolve questions about these phenomena.