Going by the claims of UFO hunters, a mysterious UFO may have broken the world record for airspeed attained by any class of aircraft flying within the Earth’s atmosphere. UFO hunters claim that a mysterious craft — presumed to be an alien craft — was spotted on a flight tracker app, on May 17, flying over the ocean toward land in Australia at a speed “50-100 time faster than normal aircraft.”
According to the UFO hunter Secureteam10, in a video uploaded to YouTube on May 17, the mysterious craft was detected on a flight tracker app zipping over the New South Wales area of Australia from the sea.
At the time the craft was detected, the flight tracker app was showing the flight paths of scores of other airplanes over sea and land around New South Wales.
But a particular craft stood out from all the others as it appeared to move “unusually fast.”
According to Secureteam10, the mystery craft appeared to move about “50-100 times” faster than other aircraft spotted on the flight tracker app.
The report by Secureteam10 was apparently corroborated by a New Zealand website TVNZ. The website reported that traffic cameras in Australia captured a mysterious flying object streaking across New South Wales from the ocean.
However, several YouTube viewers expressed doubt about the report. Some pointed out that flight trackers are only able to detect an aircraft fitted with a transponder that has been assigned a recognizable code. An alien aircraft would not have a transponder and thus would not appear on a flight tracker app, skeptics reasoned.
“The transponder must be on the aircraft for it to show up so this would have to be one of ours,” a skeptic commented.
“These ‘flight tracker’ sites use the transponder signal from aircraft,” another commented. “This being the case, the fast moving aircraft displayed must be one with a transponder. Alien UFO’s wouldn’t have a transponder, would they?”
“It’s a bit far-fetched to call it an alien UFO, because an icon is moving in a piece of software.”
Others suggested there may have been an error or a glitch in the flight tracker system.
“I want to see the raw data. It might be a lack of data points or another software bug,” a skeptic argued. “It’s a bit far-fetched to call it an alien UFO, because an icon is moving in a piece of software.”
A viewer appeared momentarily to solve the puzzle of the mysterious “alien UFO” with the information that a test of hypersonic technology took place on Wednesday in the Australian desert.
“Alien UFO’s wouldn’t have a transponder, would they?”
According to Phys.org, a joint U.S.-Australian team running a program called “Hypersonic International Flight Research Experimentation (HIFiRE),” conducted a number of tests of hypersonic technology at a testing range in Woomera, South Australia.
Researchers have touted hypersonic technology as a “game-changing technology that would revolutionize global air travel.” According to experts, a hypersonic flight using a scramjet with a supersonic combustion engine would make a two-hour flight from Sydney to London possible.
However, other viewers pointed out that the direction of the “UFO” detected on the flight tracker did not match that of the known flight path of the experimental rocket tested at Woomera on Wednesday. Besides, the test rocket’s top speed of Mach 7.5 or 5,750 mph was nowhere near “50-100 times” the speed of an average aircraft.
Some viewers thought the estimated speed of the UFO was unbelievable.
“The average speed of an airliner is around 600 to 700 miles per hour,” a skeptic said, “so this thing was moving more like 100 times faster than any other aircraft. You would be looking at 70,000 miles per hour. I don’t believe I know of anything that can travel at that rate of speed.”
The record for hypersonic speed is held by the unmanned rocket glider, Hypersonic Technology Vehicle 2 (HTV-2), developed by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which reached speeds in excess of 13,000 miles per hour.
NASA’s X-34 hypersonic scramjet had achieved Mach 9.6 or 7,600 mph in 2004.
The Kholod Hypersonic rocket built by NASA and the Russian Institute for New Propellants in the 1990s reached a speed of 4,300 mph, about Mach 5.6, beating the record held previously by the Blackbird SR-71 which reached speeds in excess of Mach 3.2 (2500 miles per hour).
However, the fastest velocity attained by a man-made spacecraft was achieved by two spacecraft, Helios I and Helios II, launched into space in 1974 and 1976. Both crafts reached a heliocentric velocity exceeding 150,000 miles per hour, compared with New Horizon’s record launch velocity of 36,000 miles per hour in 2006.
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