One upcoming initiative, called the Galileo Project, will search for extraterrestrial equipment near Earth. It has two branches. The first aims to identify the nature of interstellar objects that do not resemble comets or asteroids — like ‘Oumuamua, the first known interstellar object to visit the solar system. The second branch targets UAP, similar to those of interest to the U.S. government. “The Galileo Project’s data will be open to the public, and its scientific analysis will be transparent,” said Harvard astronomer Avi Loeb, who is spearheading the project. “The related scientific findings would expand humanity’s knowledge, with no attention to borders between nations.” The Galileo research team includes more than 100 scientists who plan to assemble the project’s first telescope system on the roof of the Harvard College Observatory in spring 2022. “The system will record continuous video and audio of the entire sky in the visible, infrared and radio bands, as well as track objects of interest,” Loeb said. “Artificial intelligence algorithms will distinguish birds from drones, airplanes or something else. Once the first system will operate successfully, the Galileo Project will make copies of it and distribute them in many geographical locations.”
Currently, there is a lack of coordination among organizations involved in UAP detection equipment, but that may change this year, said Robert Powell, an executive board member of the Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies (SCU) in Austin, Texas. “I believe that will improve as we go into 2022,” he said. A number of SCU members are involved with the Galileo Project, and the organization has partnered with several groups, including UFODATA, the UFO Data Acquisition Project (UFODAP) and UAPx. “UFODAP already has a working model that has been sold into the marketplace and is reasonably priced in the $2,000 to $5,000 range, depending on the accessories desired,” Powell told Space.com. “This system has already been used by a group known as UAPx to collect data. Our goal is to coordinate these activities in a way such that we use a system with standardized equipment set to collect data.” But before that happens, Powell said, the groups need to plot out exactly what that equipment is trying to measure and verify that the system can achieve that goal.
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