My wishlist for ufology, in no particular order, and subject to change:
#1 Media Tracking — A web-based way to track who is involved in quality media coverage of the ufo phenomenon. Hopefully it helps potential participants decide if they want to be involved with future projects or not.
#2 — Passive Radar: I don’t have a lot to add to this, but I think it would probably be something worthwhile to do, even if only on a small scale. The idea is to use distributed radio receivers that can detect radio waves bouncing off of different objects in the air. The radio source would probably be existing commercial radio signals, with a network of receiving stations spread out a given area.
Peter Davenport has proposed this before. His proposal is available on his website. There are a few people that have done some work on this including Eric Blossom. I don’t know Mr. Blossom, at all, so I don’t recommend getting in touch with him unless you are serious about pursuing something, and I don’t know if he has an interest in UFOs. Here’s a link for a presentation he did a little while back. It talks more about passive radar for those interest.
Item #3 — Independent Funding Mechanism.
I talk about my view of how an independent funding mechanism could work in this post. It think it could work for independent researchers, paranormal and otherwise. The main idea is to link up experienced UFO researchers with people from outside the ufological community that have valuable skills, as well as alternative media and other parties who would be able to fund the research.
Kickstarter.com is the best solution for this that I’ve seen so far. Maybe there will be more. If there are, please let me know in the comments section.
Item #4 — Try, Try Triangulation
Ok, so if I had an extra $56k burning a hole in my pocket, here’s what I’d do. And this is going on my wishlist. Heck, for $56k, I’ll learn how to do it, and then do it. You could probably just subcontract it out to someone in India for 10 grand.
Everyone knows that one of the difficulties in UFO sightings, is judging size and distance. The best way to be able to get that information is to have multiple witnesses, observing the same object and accurately reporting what they see.
So what do we need? What can step in and help with this? Technology of course. Which technology? Smartphones and Apps!!
So you have everyone in MUFON with a smartphone get this new app. The App does a few things.
- Tracks your location.
- Takes photos.
- Records the direction of the camera.
- Sends an instant message to all the other app users within a 5-mile radius to get them to go outside and look up in the sky and take pictures if they see anything interesting. They’ll probably bring a few non-MUFON friends.
- Sends the photos back to a central server automatically with a timestamp.
The benefit of this approach is that it takes advantage of MUFON’s primary strengths, and that is its size and name recogniztion. MUFON has actually had a lot of members, especially if you include non field investigators. Most of the time they really only get to look at reports on MUFON’s database or read the MUFON Journal. This would allow them to actually make a contribution without having to do virtually anything except take a few timely photos.
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