Estimate of the Situation

It’s the End of “To The Stars Academy” (as We Knew It)

The latest SEC filing from the TTSA says it’s become just another entertainment company trying to sell UFO content. The dream is over.

Bryce Zabel
Need to Know
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8 min readFeb 24, 2021
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Like a cosmic gas giant, To the Stars Academy appears to have exploded after a period of rapid expansion and instability. Details have been scarce since founding members Luis Elizondo, Steve Justice and Chris Mellon took their leave last December. Now the fall from grace has been made official, noted in the “forward looking” rhetoric of a required Securities and Exchange Commission filing that reveals the showbiz core of planet TTSA is all that’s left.

Where is the science part now?

A Bright Shining Moment

While opinions are hugely divided on the To The Stars Academy, when future historical volumes are written about the struggle for the confirmation of UFO/UAP reality, the TTSA will be more than a footnote.

TTSA was deeply involved in the official release and acknowledgment of UAP footage by government officials as much as the New York Times was, launching words like the Nimitz Incident and “Tic Tac” into the discussion and prodding a somnambulant media into taking the subject more seriously than at any other time in the history of the phenomenon. Their government team, led by Elizondo and Mellon, did brief leadership in some of the highest levels of the U.S. government. Not too shabby.

The (Not Quite) To The Stars Academy

Still, reading the company’s latest report with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, filed on February 17, 2021, you’d be forgiven if you thought that the biggest accomplishment was getting two full seasons of the TV reality series Unidentified on the History cable network. While the show had its moments, it often appeared forced into the same old template of plucky UFO enthusiasts tilting at the windmill of truth to an unceasing soundtrack of semi-techno-urgency. Billed as a game-changer, it felt familiar and cookie…



Bryce Zabel
Need to Know

Writer/producer in features & TV. Creator, five primetime series. Ex: TV Academy CEO; CNN reporter; USC professor. Author of books about the Beatles, JFK, UFOs.