When we hear stories about how UFO craft are able to apparently manipulate the known laws of physics in ways modern science simply cannot, the tendency to look toward other worlds for an explanation as to what UFOs represent seems natural… even logical. Many others would conceivably take a step back, and at least consider this alternative: maybe there are secret government craft being utilized that have mastered different kinds of unknown or even suppressed technology, the confirmed existence for which remains classified.

Recently, I visited the bookstore and began thumbing through the pages of a book by Len Kasten called The Secret History of Extraterrestrials: Advanced Technology and the Coming New Race. While the reviews of the book vary slightly on Amazon.com (a few readers were judgmental based on Kasten’s use of a lot of existing data from UFO literature), I found the content interesting, though in a few places only slightly curious. I say this because, as the author details in a chapter titled “The Politics of Antigravity,” he outlines the work of an author named Michael McDonnough who, back in the 1990s, made a pretty strong case for the fact that UFO-type technology may already exist here on Earth.

Back in the late 90s, McDonnough published a book titled, The UFO Technology Hacker’s Manual, which had an accompanying website that detailed the author’s investigation into various U.S. patents for devices that would not only allow a physical aircraft to hurtle through space at healthy fractions of light’s speed, but also anti-gravitic systems that would create enclosures capable of protecting humans from the effects of g-forces and other perils of high-speed travel through space. The patents listed specifically, which Kasten details in his book also, are as follows:

2949550: T. Townsend Brown, 7-3-57
4663932: James E. Cox, 7-26-82
5197279: James R. Taylor, 3-6-92
5269482: Ernest J. Shearing, 9-30-91

Indeed, there is a wealth of information (albeit much of which remains speculative) regarding devices and propulsion systems that might be used in creating advanced space flight systems. Only within the last few days, I happened along yet another website, UFO-Science.com, which details the same sort of information. One article at their website, made available here, involves what is known as the coanda effect, as well as a brief excursion into the realm of magneto-hydrodynamics, where ionic forces propelled through strong electric fields could be used to create a purely electric propulsion system. In theory, this technology could be used to achieve lift in very effective and powerful ways using electrostatic or paraelectric forces.

So the question at the end of the day, reviewing some of the information that is available here on Terra Firma already (yet which remains elusive and clandestine to most people), is whether or not available technology does point in the direction of a more terrestrial solution to the UFO mystery than many would expect. When confronted with anything so wild and seemingly foreign, it seems only natural that one would look to the stars for answers… but as evidenced by our minimal progression in the field of Ufology spanning the last half century or more, perhaps this stunted growth in understanding is a sheer product of looking for answers in all the wrong places.

For a majority of the strange and seemingly unexplainable UFO cases out there, the real answers may lay closer to home than most of us realize… and just to get your gears turning along those lines, have a look at the video below (though be forewarned: listening to the music at the beginning and end of this clip may cause risk of inducing a Jazz Trance):

Image by Jeremy Kieth via Flickr.

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Author: Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, researcher, and podcaster. His interests include areas of history, science, archaeology, philosophy, and the study of anomalous phenomena in nature. He can be reached at info@micahhanks.com.

3 Replies to “Experimental Craftiness: Fringe Science and UFO Technology

  1. Probably one of the reasons why this technology is suppressed, if it exists,is, more that likely, the dependance on oil and electrical power would suddenly change. If people could power their homes for pennies a day the utility companies would become obsolete. Oil plays a major role in how world events unfold.

  2. Ahhh, the uncanny miracle of synchronicities soldiers on…

    It so happens that this week I’ve been re-reading my old Wired magazine issue of Aug. 2003, which ran an awesome article written by Clive Thompson titled ‘The Antigravity Underground.’

    In the article, Thompson decided to investigate the thriving online community of lifter enthusiasts. Lifters are these toy-like contraptions made out of balsa wood and tinfoil arranged in triangular patterns, which are then connected to extremely high voltages that cause them to (as the name implies) lift from the ground and hover.

    These contraptions are derived from Brown’s research, which even caused some scientists from NASA to investigate their potential for future space propulsion systems –one NASA scientist called Jonathan Campbell was granted a patent in 2001.

    Alas, according the Campbell, lifters did not operate on a perfect vacuum, which would imply the devices rely solely on the ionic flow of air particles and not on a new force that cancelled the Earth’s pull –then again, I don’t understand why Campbell never bothered to measure the weight of his lifter during the tests, since a decrease in weight would have confirmed at least a minuscule cancellation of gravity.

    Do UFOs operate using incredible electrical fields which ionize the air around them, and possibly interact with the force of Gravity? we cannot ascertain this yet. But Thompson’s article is a must-read anyway; and for the UFO buff, it brings an inevitable sense of irony, in thinking that these lifters people are building in their garages are made of balsa wood and tinfoil –the very same materials which had a role in the creation of the biggest story in all Saucerdom: Roswell 😉

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