UFO hunter Dr. Bergrun claimed the ships are "sucking" energy from the planet via the rings in order to "proliferate" — a situation he describes as critical.
Is Enceladus an electromagnetic vehicle supplying material for Saturn's E-ring? Enceladus— Dr Norman Bergrun (@DrNormanBergrun) June 8, 2014
His statements stem from a 17-minute-long video uploaded by YouTube conspiracy theory channel SecureTeam 10, which has almost 900,000 subscribers, and describes itself as a source for "the best" in new UFO sighting, information on the "space cover-up" and all "strange activity" happening on and off the Earth.
While the assertions of Dr. Bergrun, a distinguished Medical Engineer during his time at NASA's Ames Research Center, will likely be novel to many, he has in fact repeatedly made roughly the same declaration frequently over a 30-year span.
In the clip, Dr. Bergrun speaks of "long cylindrical objects" in the rings that appear to have "exhaust systems" among other apparently amazing findings.
In 1986, he penned the book Ringmakers of Saturn, which in addition to stating planetary rings were rife with alien craft, suggested such rings may ben in fact created by UFOs.
Nonetheless, he previously made headlines on the same basis in 2016.
At the time, he likewise said "these things" inhabit Saturn, Uranus and Jupiter, and that wherever planetary rings were found, "that's where I see the aircrafts… I call them a ringmaker."
"I say it is electromagnetic because I can identify streamline patterns with respect to it I knew were what we called 'potential lines' — and that says it was electrical. I could tell that those lines demarked the outside of an object," he added.
Claims of sightings of alien craft in pictures of planets are nothing new — in 2012, Leonid Ksanfomaliti of the Space Research Institute of Russia's Academy of Sciences published research analyzing the photos from a mission made by Soviet landing probe Venus-13 in 1982, which claimed several objects resembling living beings could be detected in the photos.
The objects were said to resemble "a disk," "black flap" and "scorpion" — and change location between photos. However, NASA was quick to dismiss Ksanfomaliti's sensational suggestions, saying the "disk" was in fact a lens cap, and the "scorpion" mere noise in the digital image.
Moreover, in 2007, an individual allegedly named William Rutledge, who identified himself as a retired NASA astronaut living in exile in Rwanda, took to YouTube to claim he took part in a secret Apollo mission to explore the dark side of the moon.
The voyage, which he claimed was jointly manned by US and Soviet astronauts, was said to have taken place in August 1976 — and was aimed at the exploration of a vast ancient city and a huge crashed spacecraft.
His claims were supported by photographs of the lunar surface taken by Apollo 15 in 1971, which do appear to show strange anomalies in the Delporte-Izsak region in the southern region of the Moon's dark side, including an unusual cigar-shaped object situated on the edge of a crater.
However, Dr. Bergrun's claims may be slightly more difficult to dismiss, given his CV suggests he is a gifted, decorated scientist.
In addition to his time with NASA, he served on the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics and an engineer with Lockheed Martin working on some of the US' most critical top secret projects.
Still, grainy images of strange shapes in distorted pictures of planets are perhaps not the weightiest evidence to offer in support of the existence of alien craft within the Earth's solar system — yet that's just what Dr. Bergrun has to offer.
Surely less sensational alternative explanations can be found for the alleged phenomenon.