Astrophysicist at the University of Rochester, Adam Frank (Adam Frank), engaged in the project SETI (search for extraterrestrial civilizations), said that recent claims of UFO sightings can not serve as proof of the existence of aliens, and to jump to conclusions about extraterrestrial life is stupid. A critical column by the researcher was published by The New York Times.
According to the scientist, although in the public consciousness since 1947 entrenched the idea that UFOs and aliens are almost synonymous, there is no evidence that unidentified flying objects and atmospheric phenomena somehow connected with the activities of aliens. While the recent evidence published by the U.S. Navy may seem to favor technology operating on unknown physical principles, it does not provide enough information for empirical investigation.
The main problem is that the pilots’ readings cannot be used to accurately determine the distance to an object or its speed. Published videos also do not allow scientists to estimate the characteristics of hypothetical aircraft. In addition, some moving objects, as a number of experts have shown, can be the result of imperfect optics and tracking systems.
Frank is of the opinion that a more likely explanation is that Russia and China are building drones to test electronic reconnaissance systems. The U.S. also once used a similar strategy to test the sensitivity of Soviet radar systems.