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    Author, journalist and TV personality Nick Pope used to run the British Government's UFO project at the Ministry of Defence. Initially sceptical, his research and investigation into the UFO phenomenon and access to classified government files on the subject soon convinced him that the phenomenon raised important defence and national security issues, especially when the witnesses were military pilots, or where UFOs were tracked on radar.


    While working on the MoD's UFO project Nick Pope also looked into alien abductions, crop circles, animal mutilations, remote viewing and ghosts. He is now recognised as a leading authority on UFOs, the unexplained and conspiracy theories. He does extensive media work, lectures all around the world and has acted as presenter, consultant or contributor on numerous TV and radio shows.


    Nick Pope lives in California.


    1. Did UK's M.o.D. ever officially acknowledged existence of UFOs?


    Yes. The conclusions of a highly classified intelligence study on the subject, codenamed Project Condign, stated “That UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) exist is indisputable”. However, while acknowledging that some UFO sightings appeared to defy explanation, there was no acknowledgement that these objects were extraterrestrial – though the possibility was not ruled out.


    2. Scientists every day discover new, potentially habitable planets - are we on a brink of "New Space era"?


    Possibly. Discovering other worlds like Earth will certainly focus people’s minds on the possibility that some of these planets harbour life. But finding these potentially habitable worlds is not the same as finding life, so there is still much work to be done. The Square Kilometre Array – a powerful new radio telescope due to be fully functional by 2024 – may be our best hope of detecting extraterrestrial life. It’s so powerful, it would be able to detect a typical airport radar at a distance of 50 light years, and so if there’s a detectible civilisation in our small part of the galaxy, we stand a good chance of finding it.


    3. What’s your opinion on "conspiracy theories" regarding the existence of so called "Area 51" and "S4" bases? Could they be real?


    These bases exist, but it may be that they have nothing to do with extraterrestrials. It is equally possible that these locations are where secret prototype aircraft and drones are developed and test flown.


    4. We are all witness to massive presence of UFO / Alien themes in movies and TV series - are UFOs now part of our culture?


    UFOs and extraterrestrials have been part of popular culture since the Fifties. Some people think this is part of a tactic to acclimatise people to the reality of alien life, but I suspect it simply reflects people’s fascination with the subject. After all, few questions are bigger and more profound than “Are we alone in the Universe?”


    5. In your opinion, what’s the one UFO case that would be "100% proof" of their presence on Earth?


    The Rendlesham Forest incident from December 1980 is the world’s most compelling and best-evidenced UFO case, but even this does not constitute “100% proof” of alien visitation. For definitive proof, we would need an artefact, verified by the mainstream scientific community, indisputably manufactured beyond Earth.


    6. Does mainstream media pays enough attention to UFO subject?


    No. It is still common for the media to trivialise the subject by joking about stories and playing music from “The X-Files”. But things are slowly changing, and when I was involved with the program to declassify and release the UK government’s archive of UFO files, I was interviewed on hundreds of TV shows, e.g. on the BBC and CNN, many of which covered the subject seriously.


    7. Are you familiar with reports of miles-long cylindrical UFOs, as described by numerous airline pilots?


    Yes. When I was investigating the UFO phenomenon as part of my job at the Ministry of Defence, sighting reports from pilots were taken extremely seriously. I have seen a few reports of huge objects, and many more reports of smaller ones. On occasion, these sightings were corroborated by radar evidence. Such reports are interesting and disturbing.


    8. For end of this interview, can you say when will mankind meet Alien species (if ever will)?


    We may detect a radio signal or a message from other civilisations in 2024, when the Square Kilometre Array radio telescope is fully operational. Of course, we may never actually meet another intelligence face to face, as the distances may be too great. But our understanding of the laws of physics constantly evolves and changes, so maybe faster-than-light travel is possible (e.g. by using wormholes, or by warping space-time), in which case, if other civilisations have figured out how to do this, we could meet them tomorrow!


    Ivan Trajkovic, journalist and editor

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