The US Defence Department announced on Thursday that it had launched a new website dedicating to providing the public with information on so-called “unidentified anomalous phenomena”, or “UAPs.”
More commonly known as “unidentified flying objects”, or “UFOs”, these are simply objects which were allegedly sighted, and which authorities claim they cannot currently explain.
The website, www.aaro.mil, is the new website of the US government’s All-Domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO) – a body whose mission is allegedly to address and study these UFOs and UAPs. The site aims to be a “one-stop shop” for all publicly available information on these objects, according to US Air Force Brigadier General Patrick Ryder, the Pentagon press secretary, this week.
According to Ryder, the site will provide information, including videos and photos, on resolved UAP/UFO cases once they have been declassified, so that the public can access such content easily.
“The department is committed to transparency with the American people on AARO’s work on UAPs,” he added.
Currently the site features supposed footage of several unresolved alleged military encounters with such objects, including from the Middle East, South Asia, and more. Some of these have been recorded from plane cockpits, while others are recorded from drones.
The site further includes “reporting trends” among such supposed encounters, including their “typically-reported characteristics.” For example, it includes information about their usual “altitudes,” the “hotspots” where they are more frequently encountered, and their “morphology” (i.e. shape).
A chart on the site claims that the most common shape for the objects is an “orb” or “sphere” at 47% of alleged encounters, with other shapes being comparatively far less frequent.
While interest in such alleged entities has been in the public consciousness for years, this increased significantly in late July of this year, when the US House Oversight Committee held a hearing on the matter, speaking to alleged military eyewitnesses, and lending the matter more perceived credibility.