UFODATA stations will consist of a suite of instruments to measure many physical characteristics, of both the UFO/UAP (Unexplained Aerial Phenomena, which we use interchangeably with UFO), such as its visible light and spectrum, as well as environmental measures, such as local magnetic field, or ambient temperature and air pressure.

The prototype station will have a basic set of instruments, which will be extended once the technical, software, data storage, and communication details have been worked out and resolved, along with testing of this first set of instruments.

Stations will also have computing hardware, data storage hardware, internet connectivity, and will run various types of control and other software to manage the instruments and their integration. They will also have a dedicated power source, which will initially be a local connection to the power grid. Eventually, we expect stations to be powered by batteries charged by solar power so that they can be located in relatively remote regions. Fortunately, UFOs have been seen everywhere there are people, and so the stations don't have to be placed on top of isolated mountains, or in uninhabited desert or forests, to maximize the chance of detecting and recording data about the UFO phenomenon.

Although the stations will run continuously, 24 hours a day, to minimize data storage requirements, data will only be recorded for most instruments when an event occurs. When it does, data from the previous few minutes will be retained, along with data for a few minutes after an event has ended.

Several types of data will trigger the main computer to shift a station into 'event' mode. One trigger will be an anomalous light or object detected by the all-sky camera, using motion detection software. This type of software looks for an overall change in the image, or a specific change in a smaller area (a very bright light that suddenly appears, or the movement of a light). The system could also be triggered by a large change in the magnetic field, or some other important physical quantity.

The instruments that will eventually be included in the stations may be grouped into the following categories.

Net Camera

The Optical Unit

Stations will contain two types of cameras.

VLF/ELF Receiver

The Electromagnetic Unit

Stations will include at least these types of instruments to detect radiation of various types:

Weather station

The Environmental Unit

Stations will include these instruments to record other valuable scientific data:

There is the possibility of eventually including additional instruments, including:

For more details, see these papers by Dr. Massimo Teodorani of our team. The papers provide details of the type and capability of equipment that we plan to use.

Project for a network of automatic stations for UFO monitoring
Teodorani M. (2015). Full Paper

Instrumented Monitoring of Aerial Anomalies - A Scientific Approach to the Investigation On Anomalous Atmospheric Light Phenomena
Teodorani M. (2014). CAIPAN 2014 Workshop CNES-GEIPAN (Paris, France), 8-9 July 2014.    Full Paper   |   (Presentation Slides)