Whether alien life exists or not could be confirmed by 2024 with the help of a supersized 1.3 billion-pound radio telescope.
Former ministry of defence UFO project leader Nick Pope, said that the development of the square kilometer array telescope would reveal "new and exciting possibilities," the Daily Express reported.
If everything goes according to the plan the square kilometer Array will be fully operational and humans could be able to make contact with the aliens with 12 years, said Pope, who studied UFO sightings at the MoD for 21 years.
The square kilometer array to be started in 2016, is set to be the world's largest radio telescope and will answer some of the fundamental unanswered questions of our universe.
Made up of thousands of radio wave receptors covering 1,900 square miles of Earth's surface in the Australian outback, scientists have claimed it will provide alternative views of the universe that thoise seen with optical telescopes.