As part of the “unidentified aerial phenomena” study, NASA experts are developing plans to transform their satellites into devices that can analyze potential extraterrestrial activity, reports the Daily Star.
NASA says it is considering turning satellites into alien-search devices as it will improve the quality of UFO searches.
According to the plans of scientists, their satellites will be used to probe space for unexplained sightings without the need for NASA to send additional equipment into orbit.
This is part of a much larger “unidentified aerial phenomena” study due to begin later this year.
According to The Telegraph, NASA Associate Administrator Pam Melroy said at a press conference in London: “This team is going to be looking at questions like: ‘do we have sensors that can see things, you know, take another look at the evidence?’.
“One of the big questions that Thomas asked is: ‘We have a tonne of satellites looking down at the Earth, are any of them useful?’
“I mean, before you build a rover that’s going to Mars, you ask yourself, ‘What’s the sensor I have to build to detect the most interesting thing?’ So they’re going to really focus on that.
“How would you get the evidence that you need to be able to determine if it’s an optical phenomena or some other kind (of phenomena)?”
Last month, NASA unveiled its plans to study unidentified aerial phenomena, and space scientists are already developing plans to use the technology they already have in space.
Among other things, the study will focus on identifying available data, how best to collect future data, and how to use this data in relation to unexplained sightings.
For now, NASA says there is no evidence that any unexplained sightings are extraterrestrial in nature. However, solving this problem is of great importance and has implications for national security and aviation safety.
Associate Administrator for Science at NASA Headquarters in Washington, Thomas Zurbuchen, said: “NASA believes that the tools of scientific discovery are powerful and applicable here as well. We have the tools and the team to help us improve our understanding of the unknown. This is the very definition of what science is. This is what we do.”