Bigelow Aerospace Had Pentagon Contract to Investigate UFOs

Robert Bigelow and his space company worked with the Department of Defense to investigate UFOs, according to a story in The New York Times.

The Defense Department has never before acknowledged the existence of the program, which it says it shut down in 2012. But its backers say that, while the Pentagon ended funding for the effort at that time, the program remains in existence. For the past five years, they say, officials with the program have continued to investigate episodes brought to them by service members, while also carrying out their other Defense Department duties.

The shadowy program — parts of it remain classified — began in 2007, and initially it was largely funded at the request of Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat who was the Senate majority leader at the time and who has long had an interest in space phenomena. Most of the money went to an aerospace research company run by a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Mr. Reid’s, Robert Bigelow, who is currently working with NASA to produce expandable craft for humans to use in space.

Working with Mr. Bigelow’s Las Vegas-based company, the program produced documents that describe sightings of aircraft that seemed to move at very high velocities with no visible signs of propulsion, or that hovered with no apparent means of lift.

Contracts obtained by The Times show a congressional appropriation of just under $22 million beginning in late 2008 through 2011. The money was used for management of the program, research and assessments of the threat posed by the objects.

The funding went to Mr. Bigelow’s company, Bigelow Aerospace, which hired subcontractors and solicited research for the program.

Under Mr. Bigelow’s direction, the company modified buildings in Las Vegas for the storage of metal alloys and other materials that Mr. Elizondo and program contractors said had been recovered from unidentified aerial phenomena. Researchers also studied people who said they had experienced physical effects from encounters with the objects and examined them for any physiological changes. In addition, researchers spoke to military service members who had reported sightings of strange aircraft.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    I’m not flat out saying the video is fake but …… I’ve flown in circling formations that go on for some time at very similar angular rates (did so just 6 weeks ago), and the human side of things has to constantly make control inputs in order to station keep in a rotating reference frame. The result is the other guy moves around your field of view quite a bit. The way that F-18 is station keeping with that target while in a banking turn is un-human. Maybe the F-18 can use it’s radar to station keep with a target I don’t know (probably that’s what the SLAVE stands for indicated along the right hand edge). Slaved to optical, radar, IR? Other articles of this incident describe a airliner sized object interacting with the Atlantic ocean surface, while several capsules orbit above. It also describes capsules turning inside the turn radius of the F-18’s. What I can see on this HUD display is an aircraft at 25010 ft, banked at around 30 deg at 240 kts and turning at around 10 deg a sec. Here’s what a real turning encounter looks like. Please excuse the French. These pilots are not pulling G, they’re not trying very hard to keep up with this thing. The video below shows what it’s like for humans in airplanes to try to keep up with something else that can turn inside, or close to inside the turning radius of the aircraft you’re in. Note how fast the target moves about the field of view, and how hard the pilot has to work to prevent blacking out under the high g forces. …. I have to admit, I have no idea what I’m looking at in the video for this post, I’m inclined not to believe it.

  • ThomasLMatula

    This appears to be the original source of the video. Its the same as was referenced in Tom DeLong’s sales pitch for his UFO group.

    The video is posted in the comments section as a link to youtube.

  • Brad

    It’s just a bug stuck on the glass dome of the FLIR. We’ve all seen this going down the highway in a car. A bug will hit the windshield and stick and then flip off to the side after a while. The WSO is just having fun with his comments and someone put up a fake website with just this video.

  • nathankoren

    According to multiple reports of the incident, that bug was stuck to the FLIR of two separate F-18s, both pilot’s eyeballs, and the radar of the USS Princeton.

    Impressive bug.

  • Andrew Tubbiolo

    Let’s take this at face value …. what does it mean? Lot’s of good news. 1) It means the universe is a largely friendly place. If these sightings are real, and the machines act as they are reported to act, they could bowl us over with no effort. The kind of jamming and selective stealth the WSO, E-2, and AEGIS ship reports indicates absolute masters of EW warfare. I did find it interesting that RADAR actually showed something with the teaser that it seems the observed craft could turn detections on and off in manner that indicates a Buggs Bunny sense of humor. 2)It also means that there can be meetings and exchanges between worlds with controls on exchange of micro-organisms. And since it seems our micro-biome is not run amok, I return again to the ‘friendly universe’ theory. If I were a modern “Blue Book” I’d be taking air, sea, and soil samples around these areas and operating a DNA sequencing farm in something like the facility in the early 70’s versions of the “Andromeda Strain”. Since we’re talking about a science-fiction like storyline with very little to go on, I think science-fiction is a legit place to start. If this is all real, it looks like we’re in a zoo. We’re under observation by something that’s actively taking measures not to be seen and at least is not interacting with us as a society except the odd individual, some cows, and maybe governments. However this has been a thread of speculation in societies for decades now, so if this is real, it gives some credence to the musings of the past. If this is real, I’d say as the prospective and participating members of the space faring portion of our species we have to ask ourselves if and how we go it alone, or beg for help. If these things are real, we have to face the fact that we’re savages from Thaiti coming out in bamboo rafts to greet the proverbial nuclear powered submarine that just surfaced.

    That is … If it’s real. Oh it also means one more good piece of news there’s something beyond momentum conservation for propulsion, or at least terms beyond mass and velocity to play with.

  • Brad

    I don’t believe those reports. This thing is stuck on the glass; there isn’t any jitter or any change in distance between the aircraft and the object. I think that it is just a couple of pilots that are having some fun with something that occurs all of the time with sensors on aircraft.

    Here is the website:

  • nathankoren

    That’s how just FLIR pods work. They’re very good at stabilising things, eg:

  • Jacob Samorodin

    Bullshit! You are accusing a professional USAF pilot of either lying, being deceived, or amateurishly mistaking a mundane static object for something more astonishing…
    Forget that you are risking a lawsuit if one of those pilots involved reads your post.
    Forget Area 51 for a moment (albeit, skeptics tried to debunk the existence of the base over 20 years ago, before the government acknowledged it existed).
    Forget that there are engineers and other former employees of black-budget projects who have courageously come out of the cold, risking their reputations or worse, to give out info on not only secret projects that governments deny but on actual details of hardware tested that is utterly astonishing. To accuse them of lying puts you at the risk of not just litigation but of having your own life exposed. Don’t insinuate other people are lying when a mirror could reveal one.

  • Aerospike

    So funny to watch how you freak out over some random comment on the internet…