Strange, far-out, and experimental technologies explored by the US government’s now-defunct UFO task force have been revealed in a new document dump.
Among the cache of documents, there’s talk of “the manipulation of extra dimensions,” "traversable wormholes, stargates, and negative energy," "high-frequency gravitational wave communications," and even a bizarre idea to nuke the moon.
Known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), the program was first made public in 2017 through an investigation by the New York Times. Dribs and drabs of information about the unit have emerged over recent years, but much of their work remained shrouded in mystery.
Now, it appears that the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), which funded the program, has recently gotten round to responding to a number of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests filed by media organizations several years ago. The latest revelations come from VICE’S Motherboard, which uploaded the documents in full to Document Cloud.
One document – titled “Warp Drive, Dark Energy, and the Manipulation of Extra Dimensions” – explains that “if one is to realistically entertain the notion of interstellar exploration in timeframes of a human lifespan, a dramatic shift in the traditional approach to spacecraft propulsion is necessary.” It goes on to discuss the theoretical use of warp drives, which manipulate the fabric of spacetime, and says wormholes could help to achieve this aim.
If warp drive is achieved, they argue, it could be possible to travel at speeds faster than sound (many scientists still doubt this is possible, but hang on for a moment). If, for instance, a warp drive allowed a spacecraft to travel faster than the speed of light, then trips within our solar system would theoretically take minutes or hours rather than years, and journeys to local star systems would be measured in weeks rather than hundreds of thousands of years.
All of this is purely hypothetical, if not ludicrously far-out, but such is the experimental nature of the papers.
Another document on “negative mass” discusses the idea of blasting the Moon with thermonuclear explosives. The hypothetical idea of this explosion is to get beneath the lunar crust where they could potentially find metals that are as strong as steel but "100,000 times lighter,” ideal for spaceflight.
Bear in mind, however, that there’s no hard evidence that any freakishly light metals exist on the Moon, nor that a nuke would be the appropriate way to access the innards of the lunar mantle. These unusual documents appear to be testing the water with some of the most experimental science out there in the hopes of getting to grips with unidentified aerial phenomena that defy known science.
Motherboard says they aim to dive into a few of these proposals in detail over the coming week. In the meantime, check out the dense stash of documents on Document Cloud.