Securities and Exchange Commission
As part of its 12 February 2019 filing with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSA for short) revealed details about the company's plans for 2019. Some of this information we already knew, but some seems new to me. In this post, I am going to focus on the TTSA Aerospace Division (AD) and the Science Division (SD), and not speak to the Entertainment Division. I will be adding my own comments on the material found on the SEC website, concerning TTSA. However, it should be noted that I would be making the same comments, and asking the same critical questions, of any organisation which was setting out its aims etc. In fact, in general, I think TTSA is doing a reasonable job of trying to break us out of the mode of thinking and research, that many in the UFO field seemed to be have been locked in to.
1. In a blog post dated 30 September 2018, I reported on the details of a contract between TTSA and EarthTech International concerning BEP, i.e. "to define a comprehensive program plan to develop an operational BEP launch system."
2. However, there was no mention by TTSA of any contract for work on STME - although it is known that Dr Hal Puthoff has been working on STME for many years; and I have not seen any mention of a contract for work on "radiation shielding material for space applications." This latter, seems new information to me. Has any reader seen mention of this?
The filing goes on:
"Most recently the AD is directing its efforts toward BEP in order to develop known and existing methodology to launch small satellites into orbit using ground-based laser beams. Among the company's proposed project areas, BEP has the advantage of existing feasibility testing, significant technical analysis, early program planning and a promising market..."
"To stay on track with our long-term project gaols, we are also initiating development of Space Time Metric Engineering ("STME") because it is necessary technology required to achieve the AD's exotic engineering objectives ( e.g. the "Vision Vehicle".) While the basics of the physics has been established, there is foundational work - in the form of many experiments - necessary to further develop this technology."
"The company has requested proposals with the technical specialists involved in these feasibility efforts to develop a BEP launch system and proposals that perform foundational experiments in transitioning STME from theory to practice."
Again, we know of details concerning BEP, but I have seen no detailed documentation concerning any 2018/2019 work on STME. Has any reader?
"We continue to have direct meetings with industry partners, and we anticipate that our efforts to have collaborative relationships will gain significant momentum in 2019."
"The company's Science Division is a theoretical and experimental laboratory, challenging conventional thinking by discovering a new world of physics and consciousness - related possibilities and explaining how to use them to affect the world positively...The SD continues to evaluate the viability of pursuing brain-computer interface technology, human ultra-experience database, and telepathy, but our most significant accomplishment in advancing science and in 2017 was the launch of our initial version of TTSAA's online Community of Interest (COI.)
The company's vision of a fully functional COI is online collection, storage, and analysis point for information regarding events, witness and data reports associated with advanced technologies and capabilities..."
1. The concept of a "human ultra-experience database" seems to parallel work along these lines conducted by Kit Green and his "high functioning individuals"
2. I note the word "telepathy" included in the SD's spectrum of pursuits. Very little has been mentioned of this area of the TTSA SD's work. Has any reader, any more information on this aspect?
3. The COI today is little more than an online collection of the three released videos, and material relating to the 2004 Nimitz encounters, and nothing has been added in 2019. If TTSA is looking to "collect, store, and analyse" then it is perusing this aim in a very slow manner. On the point about "witness and data reports" then this has been undertaken by several others before, e.g. MUFON CMS database, and the National UFO Reporting Center. As these have been in use for many years, whatever their shortcomings, why reinvent the wheel? Why not work with MUFON etc to enhance existing databases?
"During 2018, the Science Division also refined its staffing plans and met with individuals in the USG about possible government-funded studies. Our most significant accomplishment in advancing science and education in 2018 was the launch of the A.D.A.M. Research project in August 2018...materials samples the company acquired through reliable reports of advanced aerospace vehicles of unknown origin."
A number of researchers would strongly disagree about the last statement concerning samples. The links between some "artifacts" and UAP are tenuous indeed. In addition, many claimed artifacts from such reported events as a "crash at Roswell in 1947" come from the collection of material in recent years, with no definitive linkage back to 1947.
"In 2019, if the resources are available, we plan to evolve COI from a read only site to one that allows data submissions from the public, USG and foreign governments. One of our objectives in developing the COI is creating proprietary algorithms to find detailed patterns in the data submitted bu users and correlate them with other academic research. This may result in commercially valuable algorithms, and because there is no real competition in this area that we are aware of, we believe the probability of capturing such business high."
This is a laudable goal. However, as key database researchers such as Jacques Vallee have repeatably pointed out, there are pitfalls in such methodology.
In 2014, at a meeting in Paris, France, Vallee, when speaking of his CAPELLA database stated:
"As in the case of many prior efforts, secondary level of screening and follow up were not implemented, hence signal/noise remained poor," and "Data mining on messy data is worse than doing nothing."