|"Soviet Saucers and Space Secrets"
In the opening years of the Space Age (the 1960s), the
Soviet public was gripped by two big enthusiasms --
their country's pioneering feats in space exploration,
and their country as host to visitations by space aliens
aboard UFOs (only natural, since everybody knew that
advanced societies anywhere would be communistic).
This talk reveals for the first time how these two themes
were secretly interwoven, as Soviet military missile and
space activities accidentally sparked most of the most
famous 'UFO flaps' in Russia -- and then how Moscow
officials opportunistically adapted the 'UFO identity' as
camouflage to divert and suppress public reports of
strange lights in the sky (reports that could provide
Western military intelligence services with key insights
into features of the top-secret aerospace systems, some
of them treaty-breaking, being witnessed in action
by ordinary people all across the Soviet Union).
Meanwhile, Western UFO experts enthusiastically
embraced these faux-UFO reports as more evidence
that "UFOs are real and Soviet cases prove it", with
the delicious irony that while they railed against
"government cover-ups" of UFO data in their own
countries, they became unwitting dupes of a
genuine Moscow military cover-up campaign (and
many of them remain so long after the collapse of
the Soviet Union). This talk presents decades of
original research integrated into a narrative both
fascinating and amusing, and after half a century
of secrecy and deception, satisfyingly eye-opening.
In detail, the talk addresses the 'crescent-UFO'
flap of 1967 (that revealed detailed maneuvers of
the illegal space-to-ground nuclear weapons platform
called FOBS), the 'jellyfish UFOs' that revealed the
existence of the Plesetsk cosmodrome, the role
that Russian space junk reentries had in sparking
worldwide pilot reports, and the radar-visual and
medical effects of the "Minsk UFO" of 1984 that
traces (almost certainly) to a still-undocumented
SLBM launch from the Barents Sea.