Press Release April 2009 - MUFON has now taken UFO Research to its next level This is possible through a funding arrangement between MUFON and BAASS (Bigelow Aerospace Advanced Space Studies). MUFON is the largest UFO research organization in the world and is the logical choice to carry out this mission. By mid April we were definitely in the game and the SIP project was up and running.Like most things in life, MONEY means everything and the funding from BAASS really did take the STAR Team up to the next level . . . way up! For the first time in history Non-government UFO investigative teams were going to be paid to conduct research.
The SIP Project provided money to pay for part time dispatch operators. The dispatchers were paid hourly and worked continuous shifts through the day monitoring sighting reports coming into CMS and vetting the cases.