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Directed by Francis Ridge, the Multiple Anomaly Detection & Automated Recording (MADAR) Project studied UFOs in the states of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee. Participants in the project included the UFO Filter Center and SKYNET.

Project Description

Preliminary data strongly suggests a connection between magnetic/electromagnetic anomalies and genuine UFO events. The purpose of the project was two-fold:

  1. To act as an early warning system for the presence of magnetic anomalies and early visual anomalistic target acquisition. Data was acquired by automatic & manually-operated devices.
  2. Event data was correlated with reported visual sightings in the region. The detection system, which later became known as MADAR (Multiple Anomaly Detection & Automatic Recording), was designed by Lewis G. Blevins & Francis L. Ridge in 1960.

The NICAP UFO EVIDENCE (1964) lists 106 instances which are included in the Group 3 or Category 3 list, of UFOs apparently producing "electromagnetic effects". E-M Effects are those which disrupt electrical circuits, cause engine failure in automobiles, produce radio interference, etc. Included in the E-M category are reports of compass needle deviations. See also, the Cartwright UFO Detector.

All but two years of the operational period involved monitoring at a single isolated area, at Mt. Vernon, Indiana. The site was located in an area north of the city, isolated from disturbance sources, save lightning, and earthquakes, and ...UFOs.


Concentrating research to a category, the MADAR Project was designed to demonstrate that UFOs were not only witnessed by reliable observers, but also by electronic devices which cannot hallucinate. The purpose in having a UFO detection system was two-fold:

  1. The device could provide an "early warning system", allowing trained personnel to possibly observe a UFO and conduct scientific experiments during an event,
  2. The device would operate as an unmanned automatic station, acquiring data whether manned or not. The data would provide possible correlations with visual (and hopefully radar) sightings on a regional level.