US Government restarted UFO search with “Project Blue Book” successor as it releases US Navy fighter UFO chase footage

by | Dec 19, 2017 | Military space, Science, Seradata News

It has been revealed by the New York Times that the old “Project Blue Book” investigation into UFO sightings, which ended in 1969, was effectively restarted by the US Government in 2007. The new project, dubbed the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, received US$22 million in annual funding from the Department of Defense to help analyse military reports of fast-flying unidentified flying objects. Some of the money went to aerospace firm Bigelow Aerospace for analysis of film and actual objects found. Having been restarted, the project was apparently stopped again in 2012 when funding ran out. Nevertheless, some suspect that the project continues under a different stream of funding.

While most sightings and claims of “alien contact” can be attributed to natural phenomena such as clouds or lightning, dreams or hallucinations, or sightings of physical items such as burst or deflated weather balloons, a few remain difficult to explain. These might even be the real thing: alien beings on a visit to Earth flying super-fast aircraft/spacecraft. One of these potential sightings was by US Navy jet pilots, who were flying F/A-18F jets from the carrier Nimitz. They were called on by a US Navy Cruiser to investigate a strange radar return over the Pacific, flying off San Diego in 2004. “Gun camera” footage of their encounter with a fast-moving craft is shown below. Click on the image to see a BBC report of the event.

F/A-18F Gun camera footage showing fast moving UFO. Courtesy: US Navy/US DoD


About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned SpaceTrak Launch & Satellite Database. Trusted by 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, SpaceTrak is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to

Related Articles

Small ones are better: large aircraft carriers are too vulnerable to satellite-guided missiles says report

Flightglobal Hyperbola previously noted the danger of the Royal Navy having just a two large aircraft carriers given that the Read more

Neil Armstrong’s ashes were buried at sea by his family in US Navy ceremony

After a national service of remembrance was held at the Washington National Cathedral the day before, the cremated ashes of Read more

Comtech pulls plug on its AeroAstro small satellite maker division

It is sad to note that media sources are reporting the demise of the small satellite maker AeroAstro. According to Read more

Launch on 9 August: a Ceres-1 rocket flies successfully again on third flight

Galactic Energy of China launched the third Ceres-1 (aka Gushenxing-1) solid rocket four-stage launch vehicle successfully with its lift off Read more

Firefly to help build Antares 330 stage after Russian engine supply halted

Northrop Grumman Corporation and launch vehicle manufacturer Firefly Aerospace have joined forces to provide an American-built first-stage upgrade for the Read more

On a sadder note: Goodbye Lieutenant Uhura

Nichelle Nichols, the actress who played Lt Nyota Uhura, communications officer to the USS Enterprise, in the Star Trek science Read more

India’s quick response SSLV small launch vehicle fails on first mission

The maiden flight of India's latest rocket, the SSLV, has gone wrong. After an apparent successful launch from the Satish Read more