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With the War on Terror and various other news issues taking up all of the limelight as of late, one of my old passions, UFO's Real and Imagined, has been at a low heartbeat. This blog is meant to be a small crash cart in an otherwise quiet area of investigation.

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Old Classics and New 

You ask most folks, and UFO’s mean to them “flying saucers”. Never mind the fact that the original appellation was meant to convey the motion of the crescent-shaped objects sighted by Kenneth Arnold in the summer of 1947. Arnold likened them to “saucers skipping on water”, and of course, they were in a formation flight. However, in the media’s ever-intensifying quest to simplify events, the two sighting characteristics were illogically linked as “flying saucers”. So stuck the name, and the coining of the old ufological classic.

Soon the image popularized by movies, books, and talk shows stuck as well. To be fair, a great number of sighted objects have been reported as saucer-like in shape. Given my discussion of Paul Hill’s work in the technical explanation of UFO physics, there is good reason to expect that the symmetrical disc shape is a common one. Of course, there are many symmetries to consider, so I take the position that disc configurations are not the only way to go. A new classic is certainly possible.

In the preceding decade, a new crop of UFO reports began to surface in mass numbers: Flying Triangles. To this day, they are still often reported. While they do not demonstrate the two-axis symmetry of a disk, they certainly are indeed symmetrical in ways we are used to seeing with our conventional aircraft and spacecraft. Despite how some may dismiss triangle UFO’s as a provincial concept because of this familiarity in configuration, I disagree in how strongly this criticism can be applied. I think there are sound technical reasons that would make triangular craft desirable.

Hill’s treatment of field manipulation for propulsion involved the use of devices that project a field to achieve propulsion and to protect the presumed occupants from the acceleration forces deduced from reports. He even produced a scheme of mapping out the number and position of field centers required to achieve the kind of performance expected by a UFO. The application of this scheme tends to include discs in Hill’s work, but a triangle would possess a symmetry that would be useful. So there is no compelling reason to discount the idea.

Other motivations for a triangular approach are economy of design and usage. It should go without saying that if UFO’s are real objects in a real universe, then that real universe also places limitations on their configurations.

As for the economy aspect, it is generally simpler to construct an object that is symmetrical in just one axis, that in multiple. Issues of how a particular UFO design is used come in to play, and the triangle shape is possibly one of the well-suited designs for a fast-travel transport. Given a wedge of field effects created by the machinery inside, a bias towards linear travel could be created.

The latter question of usage is what I’ll be focusing on in a project I’m starting. Imagine that a triangular UFO has a subassembly of “field nodes” used for propulsion and occupant inertial protection, giving a certain resemblance to an arrowhead. As with actual arrowheads, the tip is in the line of flight when in motion, so the UFO would have a field vector already biased toward forward motion, rather than a bias towards a hover. The triangle UFO would be a fast mover, a hot rod of sorts.

What I would really like to accomplish are a few things:

1. Create an interactive design database of field node geometries, wherein certain critical data for UFO size, performance, and shape are entered and adjusted to show optimization. This would be a strong start on characterizing the technologies needed for real R&D.

2. Create a simulation of a basic saucer craft, with an eye on applying it in an actual analog vehicle for flight control experiments.

3. Create another simulation for the “Arrowhead”, also with some expectation of a test vehicle in the future.

I’ll let you all in on my progress as time goes by.

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