Laser-equipped spaceships were believed to be possible by 2030, and a secret government agency wanted to make planes invisible.
The now-defunct Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which ran from 2007 to 2012, examined the viability of these proposals, among other wild plans like nuking the moon.
Most of the sci fi-like ideas — which were theoretical or speculative and never came to fruition — were part of a 1,600-page report from the secretive Department of Defense (DoD) agency.
“Space offers the ideal environment for laser beam propagation” that can crack or melt targets like missiles, the 2009-2010 report said.
“These devices do offer the potential for a whole new class of weapons and capabilities which may complement (but not replace) existing kinetic energy (KE) weapons and electronic warfare.”
Kinetic energy weapons — bullets, shells, missiles and bombs — can hit stationary targets but cause collateral damage and have unattended consequences.
“High Energy Laser (HEL) weapons, by contrast, begin delivering the laser beam’s energy to the target at the speed of light,” according to the report.
“However, they require a finite dwell time to accumulate enough thermal energy (heat) on the aim point to achieve the desired effect (similar to a blowtorch).
“The strength of an HEL weapon is its ability to precisely deliver a limited quantity of energy to a small spot with little collateral damage to nearby objects of people.
“Speed-of-light energy transfer, coupled with precision tracking, allows HEL weapons to efficiently engage softer targets which are highly maneuverable, only visible for short periods of time or at extremely long range.”
Space has the best environment for laser beam propagation that can break down missiles, according to the report. Getty Images/iStockphoto
It was believed that spacecrafts can be equipped with lasers “in 20 years,” but “policy (not legal) concerns” would prevent the DoD from deploying it, according to the report.
It alluded to a “microwave device for crowd control, called Active Denial, which has been shown to produce temporary pain without any injury” as an example of technology that “policy” shelved.
“Other counties may not exhibit similar restraint, as evidenced by the open marketing of laser-blinding weapons despite a 1980 Geneva Convention prohibiting their development or use,” the report said.
‘ULTIMATE OPTICAL ILLUSION: INVISIBILITY’
The agency explored cloaking technology that would make the fictitious Marvel comic book character Invisible Woman a reality.
The theory behind “invisible” planes is making “light-refracting materials – like glass or water — appear as curved spaces by themselves,” according to the report.
Bending the light around an object would create the “ultimate optical illusion: invisibility.”
HOW THE REPORT BECAME PUBLIC
Officials also feared that it if had gone ahead with the program it could’ve resulted in the militarization of space, fueling fears of a galactic conflict.
The report was released after The Sun requested a copy of all “files, reports or video files” related to the Pentagon’s secretive UFO program — the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP) on December 18, 2017 — under the Freedom of Information Act.
The bombshell FOIA haul includes reports on the DIA’s research into the biological effects of UFO sightings on humans — including burns, heart problems, sleep disturbances — and even bizarre occurrences such as “apparent abduction” and “unaccounted for pregnancy”.
The information on the potential weapons came from a 1,600-page report from the Department of Defense.Getty Images/iStockphoto
One document sets out how to categorize “anomolous behaviour” – with encounters with “ghosts, yetis, spirits, elves and other mythical/ legendary entities” classed as “AN3” and seeing a UFO with aliens on board would be “CE3”.
Other documents obtained include studies into communicating with alien civilizations and plans for deep space exploration and colonization.
It was outed by whistleblower Luis Elizondo, who headed up the programme, back in 2017.
Two bombshell videos of unexplained UFO sightings by US military personnel – investigated by AATIP – were also published at the time.
Around $22million of funding was provided over the five-year period.
It was outed by whistleblower Luis Elizondo, who headed up the program, back in 2017.
This story originally appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced here with permission.