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Bigelow's company is now working with NASA on producing an expandable spacecraft for humans. But in interviews, he said his ultimate intention was to shed light on a little-known programme Elizondo himself ran for seven years: a low-key Defense Department operation to collect and analyse reported UFO sightings.
A video shows a 2004 encounter near San Diego between two Navy F/A-18F fighter jets and an unknown object.
The Pentagon said in a statement the program was now over.
"It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding, and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change", a Pentagon spokesman, Thomas Crosson, said in an email. Luis Elizondo says he continued to work with the Navy and the Central Intelligence Agency until October 2017, when he resigned, frustrated that the United States is not devoting more energy and resources to UFO research.
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The programme reportedly cost the Department of Defence more than $20 million (€17 million), but was brought to an end in a cost-saving effort.
But belief in UFOs is still widespread; according to a survey conducted in 2012, an estimated 80 million people in the USA think that UFOs are real, and 1 in 10 responders claimed to have personally witnessed what they describe as an extraterrestrial spacecraft.
The U.S government has investigated UFOs off for decades, dating back to cases during World War II, but the notorious Project Blue Book didn't begin to look into UFO sightings until after the 1947 "UFO crash" in Roswell, New Mexico.
The "Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program" was the brainchild of Sen.
Under Bigelow's direction, the company modified buildings in Las Vegas for the storage of metal alloys and other materials that Elizondo and program contractors said had been recovered from unidentified aerial phenomena.
In video footage, the mysterious object appears to turn and rotate, all while steering into the wind in a way that would be hard, if not impossible, for a traditional aircraft. Pilots attempting to understand what they see can be heard in this video published by the Department of Defense, which, however, refuses to specify the date and location of the incident. He said that he joined the Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences, founded by former Blink-182 gutarist Tom DeLonge.