A few years after my sighting as a seven year-old boy, I realized that anecdotal testimony would be of little value in resolving my questions about what I, and five of the other neighborhood kids, had seen that day. So I turned my attention to science, and specifically physics, because the empirical method has consistently proven to be humankind’s most powerful tool for resolving the mysteries that we encounter with our physical sense perceptions. Many people in this field bemoan the lack of progress in our understanding of the anomalous aerial vehicle (AAV) phenomenon. Some have even rejected the empirical method and analytical reasoning entirely, in favor of mystical explanations. I’m convinced that this is a hasty and ill-advised shift in thinking for two reasons: 1.) A proper scientific study of this phenomenon has never been undertaken in the public sector. So the problem is not that science has failed to explain this phenomenon; the problem is that science has never made an effort to do so. 2.) Scientific progress has made large strides in several independent fields of inquiry ranging from astrophysics to theoretical physics, which now provide substantial support for the extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH). And in recent months a third reason has come to our attention: 3.) Recent scientific analyses of trace evidence from AAV events have begun to provide legitimate scientific support for the extraterrestrial hypothesis (ETH), and more is on the way. Let’s expand on these three points for additional clarity. 1.) Although we’ve recently learned of one official Pentagon program which was tasked with assessing the AAV phenomenon, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), the findings of this and other related military research programs have never been released to the public before. So for all practical considerations, there has never been a proper public scientific effort to investigate and explain the AAV phenomenon. Decades ago Ray Stanford conducted a private scientific investigation into the phenomenon, but like the government, he has refused to share his findings with the public, and therefore the scientific community at large. So for all practical considerations, it might as well have never happened. Only very recently have we finally seen the first valid efforts to explore this phenomenon openly in the public sector, thanks to the heroic efforts of Christopher O’Brien and his engineer Ron Olch via the creation of the San Luis Valley UFO Data Acquisition Project, which will provide real-time data of AAV phenomena to the public for proper scientific analysis. This first point is critical because it shows that the rejection of the scientific method in this field, in favor of supernatural explanations, is fundamentally illogical. One cannot declare science incapable of resolving this mystery without first conducting a legitimate scientific effort to do so…which we have never had. Finally, that’s beginning to change. 2.) Scientific progress is slow because it requires a careful and adversarial process. The discovery of myriad exosolar planets and reliable statistical analyses regarding the prevalence, and the average age, of inhabitable worlds within our galaxy - and countless others, have barely registered on the radar of the average citizen. But in recent years we’ve learned that there are over 10 billion potentially inhabitable Earth-like worlds orbiting Sun-like stars within the Milky Way galaxy alone, and the average age of the most suitable candidate planets is approximately 1-3 billion years older that the Earth. In simple terms, that means that if any one of the billions of worlds in our galaxy that is likely to be suitable for life has evolved an intelligent sentient species like ourselves, then they’ve got a 1-3 billion-year head start on us technologically. No matter how difficult one may presume the problem of rapid interstellar spaceflight may be, it would be preposterous to assert that an intelligent species couldn’t solve that problem in 1-3 billion years of scientific progress. In fact, in recent decades some of our brightest theoretical physicists have already discovered that Einstein’s general theory of relativity provides a promising solution to that very problem, in the form of an idea known as gravitational field propulsion. If we could engineer with the physics of general relativity, we could build a propulsion system with superluminal speed capability which exhibits no time dilation effects - in principle, such a device could arrive at the Earth from a distant star and return to its planet of origin in time for dinner, without violating the known laws of physics. Furthermore, the signature performance characteristics of this theoretical mode of propulsion are perfectly reflected in AAV reports from all around the world, spanning at least 70 years. These signature performance characteristics are: * Hovering and linear motion with no evidence of reaction mass in the form of propellant, emissions, or wind. * Limitless accelerations with no internal g-forces. In other words, a craft employing a gravitational field propulsion mechanism could accelerate from a dead stop to half the speed of light in a nanosecond without experiencing any subjective sense of acceleration at all – there are no mechanical stresses upon craft or crew. * Intramedium travel, from space to the atmosphere and even into the ocean. Such a device is not dependent upon nor impeded by the gaseous or liquid media through which it travels. * No upper limit on transit speeds. According to the general theory of relativity, this propulsion principle can produce speeds far in excess of the speed of light with no time dilation effects. Given the widespread conformity of these performance characteristics with seven decades of eyewitness and radar-visual reports, it seems obvious that otherworldly civilizations have figured out how to exploit this propulsion principle, and currently utilize it in a routine manner to travel interstellar distances. It’s also notable that no other propulsion principle has been discovered which conforms to these signature performance characteristics. So in the last twenty years we’ve learned that the conditions for life are abundant all across the universe, and we’ve discovered a propulsion principle which would allow alien civilizations to visit the Earth with the ease with which we go to the grocery store. Science has provided a powerful case for the viability the ETH. 3.) Very recent developments in the analysis of physical trace evidence recovered from AAV events have begun to dramatically change the landscape of scientific ufology. Two recent developments are leading the way. Jacques Vallée recently described a highly noteworthy analysis of trace evidence from an AAV incident in Argentina. Material scientists found a highly anomalous ratio of isotopes of a single element within the sample, where all three isotopes of that element appeared in a precise ratio of thirds. This isotopic distribution happens nowhere in nature, for any element. So this means that this element was separated into its individual stable isotopes, and then recombined in units of thirds, which is an extremely difficult and expensive process. There is also no known scientific application for creating a material in this manner, because human materials science knows of no practical purpose for engineering matter at the nuclear level. Evidently, a more advanced civilization has found an application for engineering matter at the nuclear level in this fashion, presumably for the purpose of exploiting quantum mechanical properties of matter to produce effects unknown to modern human physics. Last year on the Joe Rogan show Tom DeLonge described an exotic photonic metamaterial which had been studied by the US government presumably under the auspices of the AATIP, which exhibited molecular-scale alignment of atoms in a sequence of thin layers, which produced a negative gravitational field under stimulation with terahertz (THz) frequency electromagnetic radiation. At least two other members of DeLonge’s new organization To The Stars Academy (TTSA) have confirmed key features of this anomalous material which is currently in the possession of the US government. Neither atomic-scale ordering nor negative gravitational field effects are currently within the domain of human technology. And a negative gravitational field is the elusive key component to building a gravitational field propulsion system. And in recent weeks the newly founded To The Stars Academy (TTSA) has begun analyzing samples acquired from trace evidence cases through public channels. Evidently the photonic metamaterial that was studied by the AATIP remains classified, so TTSA has to work with materials that have been acquired in the public sector. It appears that at least one of the samples they’ve received has inspired significant interest within their organization. In the months ahead, it appears that the physical science of ufology will be making a significant stride forward. Their analyses may even provide substantial insight into the gravitational field propulsion technology utilized by AAVs to transit interstellar distances. If so, we may not only soon have irrefutable physical evidence of alien visitation to the Earth – we may even live to see the advent of a revolutionary gravitational field propulsion technology that will throw open the door to manned interstellar spaceflight. That’s exactly what I’ve been hoping for since my AAV sighting as a seven year-old boy, and why I’m such a passionate advocate for the advancement of the physical science of ufology.