The MADAR Project

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Those of you who diligently scan our reports have likely noticed references to MADAR nodes, for example this report from May of 2022. MADAR stands for Multiple Anomaly Detection and Automated Recording, and these reports document alerts triggered by a network of special sensors placed in strategic locations around the globe. The sensors are designed to detect electromagnetic and ionospheric disturbances that may be caused by UFOs. The project is unique in that it uses a scientific approach to collecting data and analyzing it, rather than relying on anecdotal evidence. This has led to a high level of credibility for the project and its findings.

Francis Ridge, the the archivist and webmaster for NICAP (National Investigations Committee on Aerial Phenomena) and a former Indiana MUFON (Mutual UFO Network) state director, developed the technology in the 60’s, and has been actively improving with it since its inception. Ridge has been instrumental in promoting the project and its findings to a wider audience through his extensive network of contacts in the UFO research community.

Click here for a detailed explanation of the MADAR Project.

For the past 5 years, efforts have been undertaken to correlate anomalous MADAR readings with UFO Reports received here at NUFORC, through Project Match. The analysis has revealed that there are indeed many cases where MADAR devices have registered readings in the vicinity of a visually sighted UFO. The cases where such correlations have been identified are listed below, by year:

Some Background on UFOs and Electromagnetic Interference

UFO sightings have long been associated with electromagnetic interference (EMI) and anomalies. EMI refers to any disturbance that affects an electrical circuit due to either electromagnetic conduction or electromagnetic radiation emitted from an external source. Anomalies refer to any unusual or unexplained phenomenon.

One notable example of EMI accompanying a UFO sighting is the famous Rendlesham Forest incident in 1980. During this incident, military personnel at a United States Air Force base in England reported seeing a UFO in the forest and experiencing EMI on their equipment, including radios and flashlights. The EMI was so severe that it affected the base’s radar systems and caused them to malfunction.

Another example is the Phoenix Lights incident in 1997, in which several witnesses reported seeing a large, V-shaped object in the sky. Some witnesses also reported experiencing EMI on their cars and electronic devices at the time of the sighting. Also reported were power outages, radio interference, and disruptions in navigation equipment.

In addition to these cases, there have been numerous other reports of UFO sightings accompanied by EMI and anomalies. As of December 2022, the NUFORC database had almost 6000 cases where the witness indicated that there were there were associated electrical or magnetic effects, such as a car engine stopping.

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