Aime Michel’s hypothesis that flying saucers travel(led) in straight lines was and is a fascinating concept, discounted by some but never really examined thoroughly by scientists or “ufologists.”
But here is an experimental model you can try for yourself, if you believe that UFOs still exist and still show up now and again in the firmament.
When a (supposed) UFO is spotted, one can expect a second sighting two days later, somewhere.
But if you plot the distance between the two sightings, you can determine where a third sighting will take place by doubling the distance between the first two sightings, along a straight line extended from the first two sightings.
And you can determine the time of the third sighting because it will happen seven or eleven days after the second sighting.
(Why the third sighting takes place seven or eleven days after the second sighting, or the second sighting two days after the first sighting is not clear by any means; it just is the case.)
Yes, this is not quantum measurement since, as Heisenberg postulated, one cannot know, simultaneously, both the exact position and speed (momentum) of a quantum artifact.
In the orthotenic equation here, quantum is eschewed and classical physics, or a simple mathematical model, are employed.
(Some UFO events are not quantum events, as we’ve indicated elsewhere.)
The orthoteny principle of Michel works and can be tested. Unfortunately, “ufologists’ are short on testing hypotheses and long on rant-filled, non-substantive refutation when their belief systems are challenged or questioned.
Nonetheless, Aime Michel was on to something, and a disciplined scrutiny of UFO sightings – those that are apparently still occurring – will follow the pattern(s) outlined here.