Or to give it its full name, "The Galileo project for the Systematic Scientific Search for Evidence of Extraterrestrial Technological Artifacts."
In 2017, an object which originated in interstellar space, which we named Oumuamua, Hawaiian for "a messenger from afar arriving first," made a brief passage through our solar system. As at 2021 it is currently crossing the orbit of the planet Neptune. It had been estimated that such an interstellar object would pass through the solar system around once a year. Based on astronomical observations there were some suggestions that it may not have been a natural object.
Referring to the release of the UAP Task Force report on UAP, the Galileo website states:
"...the scientific community now needs the determination to systematically, scientifically and transparently look to potential evidence of extraterrestrial technological equipment."
"The Galileo Project research group will aim to identify the nature of UAP and Oumuamua-like interstellar objects..."
Avenues of research
1. Obtain high-resolution, multi-detector UAP images. Discover their nature.
2. Search for an in-depth research on Oumuamua-like interstellar objects.
3. Search for potential Extraterrestrial Technological Civilization Satellites.
1. "A search will be made for UAP using a network of mid-sized, high-resolution telescopes and detector arrays. Data will be open to the public. Extensive Artificial Intelligence analysis. Each scope will be part of an array of 'orthogonal and complimentary capabilities from radar, Doppler radar and high-resolution synthetic aperture radar to high-resolution large camera visible range and infrared band telescopes."
2. "Existing and future astronomical surveys will be utilized to discover and monitor interstellar visitors."
3. "Initially, AI object recognition and fast filtering methods will be applied to non-orbital telescopes."
Funding of US$1.755 million was behind the project. The lead scientist, Avi Loeb. is Frank B. Baird Jr. Professor of Science, Harvard Astronomy Department. Director, Institute for Theory and Computation, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. Founding Director, Black Hole Imitative (BHI), Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
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In a 27 July 2021 article by Adam Mann in the "Scientific American," Mann stated:
"...Loeb says he was contacted by many people interested in UFOs...several of those people turned out to be both wealthy and generous, gifting him with large sums of money to use for further, more formal, investigations."
"The project has assembled a wide array of technicians, instrumentalists and other scientists as part of it research team. It is currently backed by four affluent individuals who mainly made their money developing individual equipment for chemistry applications, among them chemist and entrepreneur Frank H. Laukien."
Team and associates
The Galileo website lists:
1. The names and brief bio of members of its research team.
As might be expected the research team is composed of individuals with backgrounds in engineering, astrophysics, astronomy, computing, chemistry,
2. The names and a brief bio of the project's Science Advisory Board.
This board is composed of individuals with backgrounds in astronomy, instrumentation, physics, SETI, venture capitalism, and mathematics.
3. The names of the Philanthropic Advisory Board.
4. The names of Research Affiliates.
This list features individuals with backgrounds in law, public and international affairs, film making, cyber security, mechanical engineering, data engineering, and other fields.
For those of us interested in UAP there are a number of names which UAP researchers will recognize, these are:
Christopher Altman listed as "Vice President of Science and Technology (Space) and Director of Special Projects for UAPx. The UAPx website says that it is "Searching for unidentified aerial phenomena through technosignatures in our skies."