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Drone captures fast-flying UFO over California’s Silicon Valley

A drone flying near California’s Silicon Valley captured video of a UFO shooting across the sky at incredible speed.

It’s unclear when the video was recorded. But the operator of the DJI Inspire 1 drone uploaded the four second UFO video to the video sharing site Vimeo on the night of Thursday, March 5. The drone was reportedly flying at an altitude of 265 feet when the unidentified aerial object whizzed through the sky.

DJI Inspire 1 UFO from darmino on Vimeo.

The DJI Inspire 1 drone is equipped with a 4K camera. And, fortunately, the drone operator uploaded the video in its full 4K quality. But, despite the video’s 4K resolution, little detail is visible because the UFO moves so rapidly.

The DJI Inspire 1 drone. (Credit: DJI)
The DJI Inspire 1 drone. (Credit: DJI)

“Assuming the object isn’t purely CGI, it definitely appears to be going at a fair speed,” says Australian news website News.com.au. “One YouTube user estimated the distance travelled as around one mile every one to two seconds. That would give it a speed of around 2890 km/h, roughly 2.4 times the speed of sound.”

Mysterious Universe points out that, at that speed, the UFO “would have created a sonic boom but no sound was reported to have been made by the UFO.”

After uploading the UFO video, the drone pilot sought help identifying the mysterious object on the DJI website’s forum posting, “I have no idea what this is, maybe a bug, Hummingbird, reflection or Alien space craft! The only thing I know for sure is that I did nothing that would cause this. You can analyze it better if you download the video in 4k and go frame by frame. Any other ideas of what it might be?”

It’s difficult to determine if this object is something small close to the camera, or something large far away from the camera. Some have suggested a bug, a bird, a bullet, a secret military aircraft, or even a new drone courtesy of Google or some other Silicon Valley tech giant.

(Credit: Darmino/YouTube)
(Credit: Darmino/YouTube)

The drone pilot seems to be genuinely interested in figuring out what was captured on video. The owner of the video states, “I thought it went behind the trees also but after closer inspection, I have determined that I can’t really tell. I can tell you that it was 265Ft high +or – 3 feet at the time. I’m still leaning toward a Hummingbird or bug.”

If the object was, in fact, traveling at “2.4 times the speed of sound,” that’s one insanely fast hummingbird! These birds average a flight speed of 30 m.p.h.–just a little slower than the estimated 1,800 m.p.h. of the UFO.

What do you think about the UFO in this video? Does it look like a fabrication? Could it be something close to the camera like a bird or a bug? Or did this drone’s camera capture something that could be extraterrestrial?

Jason McClellan

Jason McClellan is a UFO journalist and the producer/co-host of the web series Spacing Out! He is also the web content manager and staff writer for OpenMinds.tv, and a co-organizer and technical producer of the International UFO Congress. As a founding member of Open Minds, Jason served as a writer and editor for the now defunct Open Minds magazine. He has appeared on Syfy, NatGeo, and, most recently, he co-starred on H2's Hangar 1: The UFO Files. ------ Follow Jason on Twitter @acecentric and subscribe to Jason's updates on Facebook.

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  1. Isn’t that interesting that the camera turns just in time as the object passes the drone.

  2. Don – As the article points out, the video included is an edit of the original video.

  3. It moves and looks a bit like the missile that penetrated into the Pentagon on 9/11.

  4. I think it is the real deal. A friend accidentally captured something very similar to this on his cell phone camera. It was in Tarzana, California, a suburb of Los Angeles, about five months ago in the afternoon. There were mountains nearby that provided a very good reference background. It was a solid roundish object, silent, traveled very fast, straight, level, and at a similar altitude. It moved along side the mountains from northwest to southeast. It appears to have been in the same direction as this object.

    I encouraged my friend to sent it to MUFON or someone, but he is reluctant to do so. He is afraid of bringing some sort of trouble down on himself. He takes aliens and men in black seriously.

  5. I am always intrigued to see UFO footage. Can’t wait to have these unexplained encounters explained. One of these days. One of these days.

  6. I managed to get a a clear frame,it has a tail like a plane with a dark blue stripe running parallel to the ground.It also has 2 large tubes running alongside the near full length of the fuselage 3 quarters of the way up on the body.Underneath these tubes is a bulge like a half circle running along the side of the fuselage not quite as long as the tubes,but it is part of the main fuselages shape.The nose of the plane is very similiar to the space shuttle.And the large tubes come out to near behind a window in the nose cone.There thats it.

  7. PS-It also had what appeared to be a wing,on its left side,i presume there was 1 on its left,that was the blurriest part of my frame capture.

  8. It could be any number of things. With all the drones being introduced to the public now I would not be surprised if we are not able to photograph more mysterious events around the world though.

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