US spent millions of dollars on fantastic research

(ORDO NEWS) — The now-defunct U.S. government’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) has spent millions of taxpayer dollars researching bizarre experimental technologies such as invisibility cloaks, anti-gravity devices, and calculations to create moon tunnels using nuclear explosions.

The AATIP documents, which include nearly 1,600 pages of reports, proposals, contracts and memos, reveal some of the strange priorities of AATIP, a secret Department of Defense program that ran from 2007 to 2012 but only became public knowledge in 2017, when the former director of the program left Pentagon.

Perhaps the most intriguing among the documents are several dozen military intelligence reports that seriously discuss the actual use of various “advanced technologies.”

The collection includes accounts of “wormhole paths, stargates and negative energy”, “high-frequency gravitational wave communications”, “warp drive, dark energy and extra-dimensional manipulation” and many other topics that are familiar to science fiction fans.

The authors do not shy away from bold, sometimes outlandish proposals for the implementation of advanced technologies.

In the “Negative Mass Movement” report, the authors propose a plan to search for extremely light metals in the center of the Moon that could be “100,000 times lighter than steel, yet have the strength of that metal.”

To get to the center of the Moon, the authors propose tunneling through the lunar crust and mantle using thermonuclear explosions.

It is unclear whether these documents have led to any long-term investment in advanced technology. According to Vice , much of the AATIP agenda relied on the research of Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies (BAASS), a private company.

The company, run by Robert Bigelow, a personal friend of the late Senator Harry Reid, who was responsible for the creation of AATIP, was awarded a $10 million contract for the first year of the program’s research.

It looks like BAASS has some skilled science fiction writers on staff. It may be funny, but, on the other hand, it is worth remembering that it was science fiction writers who predicted the emergence of many interesting technologies in their time.

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