New Frontiers in Science is an online journal that examines unexplained and controversial scientific phenomena. NFS publishes research and theories outside currently accepted scientific paradigms. In this issue, NFS presents new anomalies discovered by Lan Fleming in the STS-48 video. Access to articles in previous issues is provided through the NFS Archive.

Vol. 3, No. 1 (Fall 2003): Further analysis of STS-48 shuttle video

Examination of Object Trajectories in the STS-48 "UFO" Video

Lan Fleming

A frame overlay method previously applied by Carlotto to the STS-48 video frames revealed that some of the unidentified objects followed curved trajectories, indicating that they experienced prolonged periods of acceleration that cannot be attributed to the relatively brief firing of a shuttle thruster rocket acting on nearby debris particles. The same method was reapplied to the video but over considerably longer periods of elapsed video time than those originally covered by Carlotto. It was found that two of the objects changed their courses from initially linear trajectories to highly curved trajectories. This and other details revealed by the longer time span overlays tend to rule out explanations for the path curvature that would be consistent with the shuttle debris interpretation. Rather, the newly-revealed aspects of the objects' trajectories strongly support Carlotto's interpretation: that the path curvatures are evidence that some of the objects are large, self-propelled, and closer to the Earth's horizon than to the space shuttle.

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