Updated: 20200625

Anyone who has used the playback feature on the Flight Radar 24 program has noticed the form one fills out, requesting the date, the time in UTC, and the playback speed. From the very beginning we envisioned a UFO traveling across a region filled with MADAR nodes, turning the registration dots "red" as they went. The only problems with this are, 1) most node operators don't have the time to sit and watch their monitors, and 2) without a good saturation of nodes, only certain areas of the globe would have the capability. All this assuming UFOs travel laterally from one point to another. Even though some earlier studies showed vertical ascents could explain the lack of or rarity of lateral tracks, ultra high-speed UFOs could avoid exposure just as well. There is ample evidence in the literature of UFOs on radar disappearing between 60-second sweeps. Other researchers had assumed that high speed motion would create dangerous heating and a UFO, flipping up on-edge, and zooming skyward could avoid this. All based on what we know about spacecraft, which is relatively little when we look at the high performance vehicle, the UFO. If there ever was any doubt about this the "tic tacs" over the Pacific fleet has blown all this away.

Going into our third year with MADAR-III we have about a hundred MADAR DataProbes in various stages of operation. Most are in the United States but we are starting to see some clustering of nodes in a lot of places. We've always been in good shape in the NE, but now we are seeing this in Washington state, Ohio, Florida, California, Missouri, and other locations. And that's just the U.S.. Soon we will have numerous nodes in Canada. So, if there ever was a time for us to take advantage of this situation, it is now. SNP or Successive Node Penetration is going to be a great asset to the MADAR program. And since FR24 can do it, so can we.

This is a temporary paper on the possibilities, and a starting point. Once we have SNP running this paper will graduate to a full-scale operational plan and we will officially announce the launching of this valuable archive feature.

Those who have used the archived data and the "loop" on FR24  know that they must wait at least 24 hours to access the data, and then they must record the loop if it is worth the effort. And in the past those that wanted regular radar datatapes had to work quickly before the tapes were routinely recycled. I can't remember whether it was two weeks or four weeks, etc. But I suggest that maybe we could use our Dev Server so as not to affect the normal production server work, and also have a permanent archive since the data will always be there. The SNP feature could be made available only to tech support, or to anyone if possible, but I would hope it would be a tool for all ops, even serious researchers not involved directly in the MADAR Project.

The MADAR Map already has an alert beep if the sound-on box is checked. Much more can be done with this live MADAR Map.

Anyone interested in participation in either Project MADAR or Project t MATCH is  certainly welcome. Please contact me at:

Fran Ridge

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