Was someone, or something, watching a recent SpaceX test that ended in disaster?
Knewz.com has learned some people are raising questions about video of a test-fire that reportedly occurred Friday, September 1.
The U.S. Launch Report recording of the test reportedly shows a rocket on a launch pad on the left. But a dot is visible next to a different tower in the video.
The dot reportedly comes from the right, seemingly drifting toward the Falcon 9 rocket before it explodes.
The SpaceX social media feed says the firm decided on "standing down" from the September 1 launch attempt. A launch the following day put a government satellite in low orbit around Earth.
The video with the dot reportedly received nearly 5 million views on YouTube in nine days. But it was missing from the U.S. Launch Report video list when Knewz attempted to review it on Monday, September 11.
People who watched the video decided the dot was some kind of UFO. But what kind?
A writer with the Bizz Buzz website concluded it was a bird, not a jealous spacecraft from another planet.
“Rewatch the video and tally the number of ‘UFOs’ both before and after the explosion,” Dwaipayan Bhattacharjee wrote. “I counted more than 50 flying objects.”
Other viewers wonder if the dot might have come from a far-away airplane or a drone. But Bhattacharjee noticed creatures looking like insects moving close to the camera during the rocket test.
“This renders the UFO attack theory about as credible as a chupacabra sighting,” Bhattacharjee wrote.
But the government has been looking into UFOs, especially in the wake of Congressional hearings on the topic this year.
A document released in April by the Defense Department’s All-Domain Anamoly Resolution Office offers a summary of all Unidentified Aerial Phenomena reports (UAPs) since 1996.
It notes most UAPs are round, white or silver and measure three to 12 feet in length.
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UAPs tend to fly at an altitude of 10,000 to 30,000 feet, according to the document.
The New York Post noted some UAPs hover in place in the air, while some seem to travel at “Mach 2,” or about 1,500 miles per hour.
The document also indicates Japan has become a hot spot for UAPs in recent decades, while the Southern Hemisphere has seen practically none.
He said the trend toward Northern Hemisphere sightings is likely because most training ranges and sensors are there.
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