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« Reply #11280 on: Aug 26th, 2014, 11:04am »

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« Reply #11281 on: Aug 26th, 2014, 12:05pm »

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Giant UFO Looked Like 'Star Wars' Ship: Illinois Witness

By Afza Fathima
August 26, 2014 12:13 PM EST

According to the Open Minds and Mutual UFO Network witness reporting database, a witness said that on Aug 23, he saw a "giant ship" with a glow move overhead in Waltonville, Jefferson County in Illinois.

The witness was out fishing with his friends when he noticed the object at a very high altitude. He stated that the object had to be around a half mile long, if not longer, and that the glow wasn't bright but just slight. He was reminded of ships depicted in Hollywood films like that in the Star Wars movie.

He continued that he had seen a lot of things in the sky during the night, but this object was something he'd never seen before.

On Aug 25, the witness submitted an illustration along with his statement. He described the picture as just a basic outline that he made in Paint and that he was unsure of how tall the object was and that the image that he provided was just of the bottom of the object.

While describing the object's movement, he said that it was flying in a straight path moving towards the north from where he was and it flew out of visual range.

The Illinois branch of MUFON is investigating.

UFO Alert Rating System has 5 levels ranging from 1 to 4 with states who report more than 150 UFO sightings have the rating Alert 1, those which have 100 or more Alert 2, 25 reports and more Alert 3, 13 or more Alert 4 and states with less than that an Alert 5.

Illinois has a UFO Alert Rating much higher than the average number of recent reports nationally with the rating being 4 as Illinois had 22 UFO reports in July 2014 which is the 12th highest. California had the highest number of reports at 104 with Alert 2 along with ther states like Texas, Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Washington which have either an Alert 2 or 3 based on the reports of July. In total, California had 104 cases in July, 102 in May, 80 in April, 103 in March, 59 in February and 102 in January.

Other states apart from Illinois with Alert 4 rating are Missouri, Colorado, New Jersey, Kentucky, Georgia, Indiana, Oregon, Arizona, Virginia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee.

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/563934/20140826/giant-ufo-star-wars-ship-illinois-witness.htm?id=563934#.U_y90Okg8b0

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« Reply #11283 on: Aug 26th, 2014, 12:11pm »

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« Reply #11284 on: Aug 26th, 2014, 12:37pm »

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« Reply #11285 on: Aug 26th, 2014, 2:19pm »

...WHAT HAPPENS WHEN ONE FINDS A VIMANA ..

I would put it on Ebay before the bottom drops out of the market.

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« Reply #11286 on: Aug 26th, 2014, 3:07pm »

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I DON'T KNOW IF TIS IS WHERE YOUR DRAWING CAME FROM, BU IF NOT IT IS A GOOD READ.

http://www.burlingtonnews.net/files/viminas.pdf

INTERESTINGLY IT SAYS THAT THE CIVILIZATION GOES BACK 15 THOUSAND YEARS AND RUNS PARALLEL WITH ATLANTIS.

AND WHAT DO THE INDIANS GET FOR 15000YEARS ?

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« Reply #11287 on: Aug 26th, 2014, 3:09pm »

I must say that the propeller on the front of that 'vimana' looks pretty high tech.


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« Reply #11288 on: Aug 26th, 2014, 3:18pm »

They all have that childlike quality about them.

When a child draws an imaginary space ship he/she may draw a block at the back end and label it 'Super Neutron Drive' or something similar.

At least the Egyptians left some indication of how they lived. and some fine artwork which showed their technical capability.

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What Lies Beneath Stonehenge?

A groundbreaking survey of the site has turned up tantalizing new clues to what really went on there

By Ed Caesar
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We walked the Avenue, the ancient route along which the stones were first dragged from the River Avon. For centuries, this was the formal path to the great henge, but now the only hint of its existence was an indentation or two in the tall grass. It was a fine English summer’s day, with thin, fast clouds above, and as we passed through fields dotted with buttercups and daisies, cows and sheep, we could have been hikers anywhere, were it not for the ghostly monument in the near distance.

Faint as the Avenue was, Vince Gaffney hustled along as if it were illuminated by runway lights. A short, sprightly archaeologist of 56, from Newcastle upon Tyne in northeast England, he knows this landscape as well as anyone alive: has walked it, breathed it, studied it for uncounted hours. He has not lost his sense of wonder. Stopping to fix the monument in his eyeline, and reaching out toward the stones on the horizon, he said, “Look, it becomes cathedralesque.”

Gaffney’s latest research effort, the Stonehenge Hidden Landscapes Project, is a four-year collaboration between a British team and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Archaeological Prospection and Virtual Archaeology in Austria that has produced the first detailed underground survey of the area surrounding Stonehenge, totaling more than four square miles. The results are astonishing. The researchers have found buried evidence of more than 15 previously unknown or poorly understood late Neolithic monuments: henges, barrows, segmented ditches, pits. To Gaffney, these findings suggest a scale of activity around Stonehenge far beyond what was previously suspected. “There was sort of this idea that Stonehenge sat in the middle and around it was effectively an area where people were probably excluded,” Gaffney told me, “a ring of the dead around a special area—to which few people might ever have been admitted....Perhaps there were priests, big men, whatever they were, inside Stonehenge having processions up the Avenue, doing...something extremely mysterious. Of course that sort of analysis depends on not knowing what’s actually in the area around Stonehenge itself. It was terra incognita, really.”



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Political Clout Pays Off Big for Elon Musk’s SpaceX

Donations to key lawmakers wine-and-dined by its lobbyists earn commercial spaceflight company millions in subsidies.

BY: Lachlan Markay
August 27, 2014 5:00 am

Shortly before a private spaceflight company’s test rocket exploded over southern Texas last weekend, state lawmakers announced millions in subsidies to get the company to continue launching rockets in the Lone Star State.

Space Exploration Technologies, commonly known as SpaceX, will receive more than $15 million in public financing to build a launch pad in Cameron County, near the Mexican border.

The subsidies came after SpaceX’s founder, billionaire tech mogul and pop technologist Elon Musk, made campaign contributions to key state lawmakers and hired lobbyists with ties to Austin.

SpaceX is one of a number of innovative and disruptive startups that, though lauded by some free marketeers for making government-run markets more competitive, are finding themselves drawn to political advocacy, whether out of shrewdness or necessity.

Of the more than $15 million in incentives for a SpaceX launch facility in Brownsville, Texas, announced this month, $13 million will come from the state’s Spaceport Trust Fund.

Initially created in 2002, the fund began to wind down together with the idea of commercial spaceflight. But with the ascendancy of SpaceX and similar companies, Texas looked to secure its place as a destination for commercial spaceflight operations.

Musk took notice. A prolific political donor, he began pouring money into the campaigns of key state lawmakers. On November 7, 2012, he donated $1,000 to state representative Rene Oliveira (D). Two weeks later, he gave state senator Eddie Lucio Jr. (D) $2,000.

The next month, the Associated Press reported that Lucio and Oliveira were working to secure state backing for a potential SpaceX launch pad in Brownsville.

Oliveira said he was “sensitive to the fact that these are taxpayer dollars that we should still be reasonable with how much we offer.” But he worried that other states were offering more generous packages of incentives.

He and Lucio looked to replenish the coffers of the spaceport fund in order to lure Musk’s company to the state. “I think that we’ll be able to convince our colleagues that this will be a good thing for all of Texas,” Lucio told the AP.

Lucio and Oliveira eventually secured a $15 million budget rider authorizing funds specifically designated for use by SpaceX.

The incentives were contingent on the company actually selecting the Brownsville location. “The rider tells SpaceX that the money is waiting for you but you can’t touch any of it until you commit to set up your program here,” Lucio explained.

He later complained that few of his colleagues on the state senate’s Finance Committee helped him shepherd the rider into an annual budget bill. But one colleague who did aid the effort was the committee’s chairman, state senator Tommy Williams (R), Lucio said.

Just months earlier, Musk had donated $2,000 to Williams’ campaign.

He also donated $1,000 to state representative Jim Pitts in December 2012. Pitts chairs Texas’ House Appropriations Committee. He and his then-chief of staff, Aaron Gregg, visited a SpaceX facility in January 2013, as Oliveira pushed financing that would eventually make it into his budget rider.

On January 25, SpaceX lobbyist Demetrius McDaniel reported spending $1,000 on food and drink for Pitts and Gregg at five Los Angeles restaurants, and another $500 on “entertainment” at the Staples Center.

Lauren Dreyer, an in-house SpaceX lobbyist, paid another $464 in entertainment expenses for Pitts and Gregg’s Staples Center visit. She footed $98 in food expenses on January 25 at two of the same restaurants listed in McDaniel’s expense report, and another $200 for Pitts and Gregg at the SpaceX Restaurant in Hawthorne, CA.

The following night, Dryer took the two to Hollywood’s swanky Greystone Manor nightclub. Over the next two days she bought another two meals for each of them, then gave them each a package of SpaceX swag, including “t-shirt, track jacket, iPhone case, mission patch, rocket pen, baseball hat, and keychain flashlight/pointer.”

The lobbyists’ work paid off. Pitts “was very helpful in obtaining the commitment to spend $15 million,” Oliveira would later tell Bloomberg.

McDaniel and Dreyer were two of six in-house and external lobbyists employed by SpaceX in 2012 and 2013. The company paid between $200,000 and $445,000 for their services, according to the Texas Ethics Commission.

SpaceX’s long running government relations efforts in Austin secured them more than just financial incentives. Oliveira also authored legislation to close a public beach in Brownsville for hours at a time in order to permit SpaceX launches there. Lucio wrote its Senate companion bill.

The eventual law was considered a crucial step in attracting SpaceX to south Texas.

“The bill provides SpaceX a reliable yet flexible system for planning launches, and removes an impediment that could have threatened the entire project,” Oliveira said at the time.

In addition to the $13 million SpaceX will get from the spaceport trust fund, it will not have to pay Cameron County taxes for 10 years, saving the company an estimated $2 million.

Even with its lobbying expenses and Musk’s campaign contributions, SpaceX will enjoy more than a 3,000 percent return on its investment in Texas’ political process if it decides to build its new launch facilities in Brownsville (not yet a sure thing).

The increasing involvement of SpaceX and other disruptive companies in government affairs has raised red flags among some conservatives, if not about the companies themselves than the realities of a political system that requires heavy expenditures to secure a seat at the table.

Former Obama campaign manager David Plouffe’s new gig as the senior vice president for policy and strategy with ridesharing startup Uber was seen by some as indicative of a political drain on otherwise innovative and productive businesses.

“Uber having to hire David Plouffe is all that’s wrong with America,” declared James Pethokoukis, a financial and regulatory expert with the American Enterprise Institute.

“Valuable technological innovations have a good track record of survival, with maybe the notable exception of nuclear power,” Pethokoukis wrote last week.

“Then again, who knows what companies and innovation we never see because they were unable to surmount regulatory burdens or other government favors on behalf of entrenched interests.”

As SpaceX competes for market share in the federal launch vehicle industry, which until recently was dominated by a handful of prominent defense contractors, it faces similar political impediments to its growth in a tightly regulated industry.

Some of those incumbent players have said that SpaceX lacks the experience necessary to displace them. While its recent test rocket explosion may fuel that criticism, the company has also worked to remove political impediments to its growth.

It is not Musk’s first foray into the political process. Two of his companies, Tesla Motors and Solar City, have received extensive backing from the Department of Energy. As in Texas, Musk has made high-dollar donations to major national politicians, including President Barack Obama.

While a SpaceX launch facility would bring an estimated 600 jobs to the economically distressed Brownsville area, some doubt that the large incentives the company has been able to secure are worth their price tag.

“A lot of money is given to people that doesn’t benefit but a few people,” a veteran Texas lobbyist told Bloomberg. “It’s good for whoever got the money and for the lobbyists who got it.”

http://freebeacon.com/politics/political-clout-pays-off-big-for-elon-musks-spacex/

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The US And China Are In A Race To Develop Hypersonic Weapons

by Valerie Insinna, National Defense Magazine
27 August 2014

On the heels of reports that China had successfully completed a second ultra-high-speed missile flight test, the Defense Department announced on Aug. 25 that it had aborted a test of its own hypersonic weapon.

The military is investigating the “anomaly” responsible for the test failure, but analysts told National Defense that the incident was not a major setback for the program.

"It's a glitch. These are weapons that operate under fantastic stresses,” said Rick Fisher, a senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center. “Failure is not necessarily a bad thing, especially if data can be gathered so that you learn from your mistake.”

“These weapons are traveling at such fantastic speeds and they are required to be capable of such accuracy that it is simply going to require an extensive development program to achieve a point where they can be considered ready for the field,” he added.

The Aug. 25 test of the advanced hypersonic weapon was aborted because of an unspecified flight anomaly, according to a Defense Department news release. “The test was terminated near the launch pad shortly after liftoff to ensure public safety. There were no injuries to any personnel,” the release read.

Testers made the decision to destroy the rocket within four seconds of its launch at the Kodiak Launch Complex in Alaska, said Maureen Schumann, a Pentagon spokeswoman. She was not able to provide additional information on what the anomaly was or how it was detected.

The advanced hypersonic weapon is just one of the technologies under development in the conventional prompt global strike program, she said. The goal is to create a menu of precision strike options that would be able to hit anywhere in the world in under an hour.

U.S. program officials are conducting an investigation to determine the cause of this Monday’s test failure, said Schumann. The investigation will likely take “weeks or months” to finish and will inform future tests and scheduling.

The August test was the second flight of the advanced hypersonic weapon, Schumann said. “The objective of the test was to develop and demonstrate hypersonic boost glide enabling technologies and collect data on flight vehicle and test range performance for long-range atmospheric flights.”

The United States may not be the only country that has been testing high-speed weapons this month. China conducted the second test flight of its hypersonic glide vehicle — called the Wu-14 — on Aug. 7, unnamed U.S. officials told the Washington Free Beacon.

Schumann would not confirm whether the Chinese military had executed a second Wu-14 test in August. Earlier this year, the Pentagon confirmed the Wu-14’s first flight test in January.

Based on the available evidence, including Chinese reports circulating the internet, it seems probable that there was a second Wu-14 test recently, Fisher said.

"China and the United States are seeking to develop the same range of hypersonic weapons, both boost-glide or hypersonic glide vehicles, and future air-breathing hypersonic vehicles, such as scram jets,” Fisher said.

The U.S. program appears to have progressed further, “but the Chinese program may be better funded and have greater depth in terms of the commitment of intellectual and development resources,” he said.

Mark Gunzinger, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said he is skeptical that China’s development of hypersonic weapons has matured past that of the United States.

“We hear about the successes and not the failures” of the Chinese program, he said. “They could have had dozens of failures that we know nothing about, at least in public.”

Hypersonic weapons could be operational within a decade, Gunzinger said. The challenge, especially in a budget-conscious environment, will be figuring out how to drive down manufacturing costs.

“Can we find a sweet spot in hypersonic weapons where the price point is right and we can buy enough of them?” he asked.

One of the reasons why hypersonic weapons are so highly coveted is because they are difficult to shoot down, Fisher said. Directed energy weapons, such as a hypersonic capable rail gun or laser, could offer a way to counter hypersonic missiles.

"If you have two to four rail guns for example, [and] you get maybe a two-minute warning that a hypersonic warhead is coming at you, that's enough time to put into the sky clouds of hypersonic rail gun rounds that are designed like shotgun shells,” he said. “They'll release into the air 100 to 200 tungsten pellets. Even if the hypersonic warhead is maneuvering, you're likely to knick it with one of these pellets, and that alone will make the warhead tumble out of control."

The United States appears to be further along in its efforts to develop directed energy weapons, although China’s program is not particularly transparent, Fisher said.

The Navy in April unveiled a high-speed electromagnetic rail gun capable of launching projectiles at speeds up to 5,600 miles per hour. The service has also tested its laser weapons system at sea, proving that it could shoot down small unmanned aircraft.

That laser currently lacks the power and range necessary to destroy a hypersonic glide vehicle, but it could become powerful enough in the next decade to shoot down such weapons, Fisher said. A hypersonic speed capable rail gun is possible in the early 2020s, he added.

Gunzinger said it may be too difficult to intercept a hypersonic missile with a high-powered laser, but rail guns could be well suited for those missions.

The advanced hypersonic missile was developed by Sandia National Laboratory and the Army. Its first flight test took place in November 2011 and was successful, with the missile traveling from Hawaii and hitting a target at the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll, Republic of the Marshall Islands.

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