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UFO Hunters Built an Open-Source AI System To Scan The Skies

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Sky360 monitoring station

The project's UAP tracker features image processing plus a neural network with a machine learning-based identifier and prioritizer.

Credit: Sky360

Frustrated with a lack of transparency and trust around official accounts of UFO phenomena, a team of developers has decided to take matters into their own hands with an open source citizen science project called Sky360, which aims to blanket the earth with affordable monitoring stations to watch the skies 24/7, and even plans to use AI and machine learning to spot anomalous behavior.

Sky360 hopes that it can establish a network of autonomously operating surveillance units to gather real-time data of the skies.

All the hardware components for a monitoring station, from the cameras to passive radar and temperature gauges, can be bought off-the-shelf worldwide. Schematics, blueprints, and suggested equipment are all available on the Sky360 site. There are currently 20 stations set up across the world.

"We plan to develop a software/AI for a cloud service that can aggregate event data from all active stations," the Sky360 website says.

Sky360 has a team of 30 volunteer developers working on its software, and hopes to release the first version of its open source build this year.

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