Jul 20, 2010 I Micah Hanks

From The Ground Up: Building a UFO

We're making extraordinary leaps these days when it comes to technology. While so many automakers are fumbling trying to design electric cars and the like that increase fuel efficiency, English engineer Gordon Murray has designed a tiny three-seater that already gets 80 mpg... he's working on achieving 100.

Meanwhile, NASA is taking submissions for "inflatable space-houses," outsourcing to students this summer in an effort to find a new design for a functional inflatable lunar habitat.

Of course, it doesn't look like we'll be going to the moon again any time soon, since costs behind such a production are more than most countries are willing to undertake during economically recessive times on a global scale. For those of us who spend our evenings just staring at the moon from a distance instead, even folks suffering from macular degeneration need not worry: a new telescope that replaces the eye’s nature lens is reportedly able to magnify what the eye would normally see by almost three times (does that still constitute being a "naked eye"?). But what if real innovations in fuel efficiency and sources could take place, something akin to Tesla's designs for electric spacecraft that would have resembled modern reports of UFOs?

One former NASA engineer, the late Dr. Charles Yost, spent his retirement working in a laboratory in Western North Carolina attempting to do just that. Having assisted in the design of Apollo-era NASA space modules, the story goes that Yost had been visiting the mountains decades ago when, during a night-time hike on a mountainside, he observed a strange, football-shaped aircraft glowing green as it drifted overhead. Referring to the unidentified object as a "UFO," Yost stood and observed the craft for several moments, proclaiming later to colleagues that he wanted to "build one." Upon his retirement, Yost purchased land on the very mountain where he had the experience, and constructed a pyramid-shaped laboratory which be came the home of his business enterprise, Dynamic Systems, whose innovations include Tempur-pedic "memory foam" mattresses.

Yost's passion, of course, would always be trying to build an Electric Spacecraft, which became the name of a quarterly scientific journal he published. Contributors from around the world submitted articles pertaining to innovations in electromagnetic energy, propulsion and other sciences aimed at revolutionizing energy and aeronautics so that, essentially, an electric spacecraft the likes of most purported UFOs could be built. Imagine a vehicle that produces tremendous electromagnetic fields capable of buoying itself against Earth's own gravitational field, navigating through air and space with unprecedented command and maneuverability. In theory, this is far from being an impossibility... although it's hardly anything we're close to building right now; at least as far as we've been made aware.

Of course, while some are busy wondering how aliens might achieve such unique modes of transportation, some argue that the technology needed to build such craft has existed for millennia right here on Earth. Ancient Vedic texts describe what the ancient Indians called "vimanas," often depicted as resembling airplanes, floating cities, and even disc-shaped objects capable of tremendous speed and airborne agility. The craft, which by most accounts appear to be mythic in nature, are curiously treated as though they did exist in many instances, even evoking detailed commentary on their inner workings. Deciphering the methods of propulsion used by the vimanas becomes a trifle difficult, since scholars remain uncertain as to the identity of some of the elements involved. Some have argued that the core engine in these craft, according to interpretations of the Sanskrit documents, involved an engine that had some mercuric component that powered the craft. Centuries later, it was alleged that the Nazis had designed a similar craft, referred to as "the Bell," which achieved anti-gravitational effects with a mercury-propulsion system. Coincidentally, Hitler had expressed great interest in the Vedas and ancient Sanskrit documentations, more likely for occult purposes (another fascination many of the primary Nazi leaders shared), and deployed groups to obtain and study the documents.

The ancient Vedas also describe weapons with tremendous destructive potential: specifically, the inclusion of what sound like mushroom clouds resulting from nuclear blasts. This sheds an unsettling light on the discovery of several ancient sites around the world where ancient stone walls have been vitrified; that is, the separate stones melded together by a sudden, intense blast of heat. In more recent times, this was found to have occurred at Hiroshima, and at a question and answer among college students shortly after World War II, Dr. Robert Oppenheimer was asked if the initial test blast at Alamagordo was indeed the first detonation of a nuclear device here on Earth. His reply was, "Yes, in modern times." Oppenheimer was also well-versed in the Sanskrit texts, especially those pertaining to “an unknown weapon, a ray of iron” used to strike down entire cities in a single blast. Could his development of atomic weaponry have been influenced by ancient sources?

If indeed technology has existed at any point that would permit the kind of superior maneuverability a "UFO" might allow, it seems almost inevitable that we'll unlock those secrets again at some point. While we marvel at the technological innovations of today, some might argue that we've hardly reached our renaissance, and that greater wonders await us; once achieved, hopefully we'll use them responsibly, knowing the destructive potential that comes paired with such great power.

Micah Hanks

Micah Hanks is a writer, podcaster, and researcher whose interests cover a variety of subjects. His areas of focus include history, science, philosophy, current events, cultural studies, technology, unexplained phenomena, and ways the future of humankind may be influenced by science and innovation in the coming decades. In addition to writing, Micah hosts the Middle Theory and Gralien Report podcasts.

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