ALIEN RADIX: The Shape of Things That Come

ALIEN RADIX: The Shape of Things That Come
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Thursday, October 29, 2009



Does America have s secret space program? This question is too broad, for it could simply be interpreted as: Do we have a lot of secret satellites performing secret functions up in space? Of course we do, so the anwer to the broad question is YES.

The “correct” question is really a series of questions, which are:
I. Does America have a secret space fleet of manned ships?
II. Are the crews of these ships garrisoned in outer space or here on earth?
III. Is the propulsion of this fleet based on field propulsion, or is it old fashioned rocketry?
IV. What does this fleet do?

The Ufonalyzer regrets to inform that he does not know the answer to any of I through IV. This is ironic because the existence of UFOs is a certainty and this whole website is written with that certainty as a basic premise, but when we come to a simple appearing set of questions about something as mundane as an earth created space fleet, the answer is not clear at all. All that exists are some scattered pieces of suggestive evidence. Another topic to be discussed is why America would love to have a secret manned space fleet as soon as possible; that is, if it does not have one already.

Before we launch into the clues and logic behind the secret space fleet question, let’s get one thing out of the way. Is there enough money floating around to pay for the waste of having two overlapping space programs? Yes, there’s plenty. Read the Ufonalyzer’s writeup on “How Many Black Budget UFO Workers Are There?”. In that writeup, the possible use on UFOs for some of the missing $2.3 TRILLION dollars announced by Rumsfeld on 9/10/2001 was discussed. It was assumed that the UFO coverup and its related reverse engineering projects were using 25% of that money. A separate space fleet would easily be paid for with some of the leftovers.

Another item to clear up is this. America already has two separate space programs operating right under our noses. The New York Times published an article “Pentagon Leaves the Shuttle Program”, on 8/7/1989 which explained that after a 20 year joint venture, our military was splitting its space efforts away from those of NASA [1]. The stated reason was that NASA continued to believe in the manned space shuttle, and its whole program was based around it. The Pentagon felt that the shuttle was unsafe and there were many dead astronauts to prove it. Due to the shuttle’s unreliability, military space launches were severely behind schedule as well. Therefore, the Pentagon decided that unmanned space flight was safer and less prone to shutdowns, so they parted ways with NASA and created their own program. This program is still going on as is witnessed by the 10/24/09 Fox News article about the X-37B space plane being developed independent of NASA [2]. You will notice that it is unmanned, thus continuing the Pentagon’s publicly revealed commitment to unmanned rocketry safety. During the years that the military was in league with NASA, they built billions of dollars worth of facilities to accommodate their secret military goals for space based upon the space shuttle. This building was done in great secrecy. The breakaway by the Pentagon from NASA’s shuttle caused many of the military’s secretly constructed space facilities to become obsolete. That is why in that New York Times article, it is revealed that a $3.3 Billion never-used spaceport at Vandenberg Air Force Base was closed as well as a $500 Million shuttle control center in Colorado [1]. The earthbound physical needs of the shuttle apparently are sufficiently different from the earthbound physical needs of an unmanned space program that these closings were deemed necessary. And, it must be pointed out these are just the closings that we know about. Therefore, this proves that we have burned money in the past on space program duplication. The main point, however, is that due to the physical differences between a shuttle program and a secrecy shrouded unmanned program, it is justifiable to claim that we have had two separate space programs since 1989.

And if that isn’t astounding enough, the Ufonalyzer wants to drop this one on you too: We already have had two secret astronaut programs!

The most recent one was was shut down in 1988 as an early part of the Pentagon’s 1989 decision to abandon the shuttle as its platform. Quoting from the NYT article, “In 1979, the Air Force Space Division in Los Angeles founded the Manned Spaceflight Engineer Program, an elite corps of military astronauts that was to specialize in deploying top-secret payloads. Mr. Cassutt said corps members were told they would fly in space at least once. The secret program, he added, eventually trained 32 engineers and had an annual budget of about $4 million.”[1]. This program was discontinued in 1988 as part of the future split away from NASA’s manned program.

The second secret astronaut program was described in a recent documentary on PBS’s NOVA entitled “Astrospies.” A website for this documentary is at [3]. This secret program was formed in the early days of the space race with the USSR, which had a similar program. It lasted from 1965 to 1969. In all, 17 US astronauts were trained to go up into satellites and spy down at strategic targets. Eventually, it was determined that unmanned satellites would do an adequate job of photographing the targets, so the program was abandoned.

All these astronauts in both programs were sworn to secrecy and did not get any publicity like our mainstream NASA astronauts.

It is possible that even earlier in history, there was still another secret space program somewhere on earth. Here are a couple of tidbits that might make you think that this older secret space program could have existed.
1. Have you ever seeen those Nazi UFO photos? They look so real that it boggles the mind. A search for the provenance of these photos did not turn anything up. Pretty soon a search will be made by the Ufonalyzer to see what the earliest date might be for some of these photos. If, for example, they are traced back to a book published in, say, 1970, then that would go a long way to verifying them, but not all the way of course. Why would this be true? Because a date like 1970 is pre PC and pre Photoshop. Richard Dolan, noted historian and author, wishes he would have delved more into the Nazi UFO story as part of his first book because he now realizes that they got farther than our government wants us to know about. The pathetic Avrocar of the fifties was allegedly based on Nazi UFO secrets and was contracted for by the United States. It appears as though the Nazi UFO program was much more advanced and sophisticated than the pathetic Avrocar would suggest. The Avrocar is believed by many to have been a smokescreen to induce the public to not believe in UFOs because it was a worthless piece of junk which never had a chance. It used ducted fans! One theory about the Avrocar is that the US knew it would be a disgrace so that’s why they hired a Canadian firm to build it, thereby saving a US company the embarrassment of being responsible for such an inept lemon. But consider this—if those Nazi UFOs were the real deal, their capture at the end of WWII would have given the US an instant space program. Consider the following story. On 10/10/1952 the Swedish newspaper, “Aftonbladet” carried a story that in 1944, Werner von Braun designed a test model of a 6 meter diameter UFO that operated under conventional propulsion. It was test flown, and the intent at the time was to design a 42 meter saucer based on this design. Its big problem was that it used too much fuel. Both the Russians and the Americans had the drawings for this saucer. Dr. von Braun always denied this story [4]. The Ufonalzyer remembers reading one of those soft cover science fiction books in the mid fifties such as Analog or Galaxy. One of them had a fiction story about just such a secret space program (not based on UFOs) which went to the moon and Mars and was later dismantled. This is the only story that the Ufonalyzer remembers from any of those magazines because it seemed so real it made a big impression.
2. In 1960 discovery and tracking of a mysterious satellite occurred. It was tracked so much that it was given the name of the Black Knight. This can be read about in Ufonalyzer’s article, “The Black Knight and Other Dark Satellites.” The amazing thing about this satellite is that was too big and heavy at the time for either Russia or the US to have launched it, and it was in a polar orbit which neither country had yet accomplished. It was only the 13th satellite known to be orbiting earth at the time. You have only two choices to figure out where this satellite came from: it was either an alien satellite or it was put up there by a country on earth with a secret space program. That’s it, there’s no more choices are there?

So here we are, having documented that the US has had one, possibly two, secret space programs and two, possibly three, secret astronaut programs. The question now is do we have a second, possibly third, secret space program going on right now? Well, if we do have one going on right now, we sure have the experience to run it, don’t we?

Internet’s YouTube has a bunch of videos about Apollo 20. One of them used to show an insignia uniform patch indicating Apollo 20 participation by the wearer. The trouble is that Apollo missions were cancelled after Apollo 17, and as far as public knowledge goes, an Apollo 20 never did occur. This means that the remaining scheduled Apollo missions of 18, 19, and 20 possibly took place as part of the secret space program. The reason they were made secret is because of all of the artifacts on the moon that the government does not want the public to know about. The YouTube videos show things that some people interpret to be space ships and buildings. It takes quite an imagination to buy into this, so this is the last time this will be mentioned.

Another clue is Gary McKinnon. As you are all aware, this poor stooge is being attacked viciously by the US government for hacking into their computer system, a crime Mr. McKinnon admits to. He has been fighting extradition for several years and it looks like he is going to lose. He’s a Brit, and his government needs to strap on a pair and protect their citizen, but they caved into the pressure from the US government. The US added up exaggerated damages from his cyber visits to our secret computer files and now wishes to prosecute him to the full extent of our law (70 years in prison max). He was using a 56k modem, for god’s sake! How much could have happened? The attack on him is so persistent, vicious, and relentless, that “the lady doth protest too much, methinks’” to quote Hamlet. It is obvious that the US government does not want him to talk. One amazing thing that our government has accomplished over the last few years while it pursued his extradition is that it has recharacterized his crime as cyber terrorism. The true nature of what this is all about has been swept under the carpet with the full cooperation of our disgraceful journalism community. You see, Mr. McKinnon wanted to know if UFOs are real so he hacked into the US’s computers. This case is not about UFOs though, because what Mr. McKinnon discovered points strongly to a secret space program run by the US. Don’t go to Wikipedia to find out more, however, because the writeup there is a piece of spin espousing the cyber terrorism line. (Read Unonalyzer’s writeup, “UFOs and Wikipedia” to learn more about how Wikipedia is used by spin groups, including our government, to slant and suppress information and perform revisionist history.) What Gary Mckinnon found that is so hush hush is a list of “non-terrestrial officers” names, plus another list of fleet to fleet transfers containing ships’ names that do not exist. His theory is that the reason he can’t find the ships’ names is because they are the names of space ships in the fleets. The non-terrestrial officers serve on those spaceships. He also found photos taken from space of cigar shaped ships floating in space. He is keeping his mouth shut now, hoping for leniency, so he hasn’t discussed his real findings in the last few years.

Most people who study UFOs now believe that the US has reverse engineered enough crashed UFOs to have created its own version of field propulsion, and they also believe that we have our version of the alien black triangle design UFO using that means of propulsion. Most ufologists believe that some of the black triangles sighted are alien and some are ours as well. No one knows where they are hangared; most believe underground. Our secret space fleet could be based on black triangles which are parked in space, not underground.

Here’s the final reason that we may have a secret space fleet: the Ufonalzyer is convinced that our military must want it and need it bad. Here’s why.

The Outer Space Treaty of 1967 forbade the deployment of weapons of mass destruction into space, but it did not forbid the deployment of conventional weapons. This is why the most threatening thing out there seems to be spy satellites. It would not be surprising, however, to learn that as more and more countries achieve space travel, some of them are sneaking offensive weapons of one sort or another into space. Here’s a quiz. A nuclear weapon is obviously a WMD. But what about a nuclear satellite that is designed to be detonated 60 miles up over a country to achieve an electromagnetic pulse? The recent documentary, “Space Wars” on the History Channel states that if a one megaton warhead were to be detonated 60 miles over Kansas, all of the electronics in the whole country would stop working. The Ufonalyzer has heard that our bombers presently have the capability to carry wing mounted pods which generate a non-nuclear EMP burst to disable electronics. (This is from unverified sources.) The question is this: given that EMP weapons already exist which obviously are not directly harmful to humans, does the possible existence of an EMP satellite break the treaty?

Satellite based weapons have only limited locomotion capability. Satellites have one big weakness which is that they are detectable due to their repetitive orbits. This renders them vulnerable to being shot down, not just from space if such a weapon existed up there, but also from the ground. Both the US and China each have shot down one of their own defective satellites from the ground to prevent it from hitting in a population center (and one would bet to prevent it from being analyzed once the wreckage is retrieved.) We know UFOs have cloaking capability, and we know that our scientists are working on radar and visual invisibility too. If they are successful, all sorts of things will be given this capability, satellites among them. Until then, we must assume that space satellites remain easily detectable and therefore vulnerable.What is needed, then, to prevent detection is a device that can move about freely in space to break up any repetitive pattern of orbit. A space ship would be ideal. The Pentagon must realize that now the time has come to return to manned space flight to counteract the satellite vulnerability. However, our flights have always been weight and fuel constrained. That is, this was the case until field propulsion came along (e.g. antigravity or electromagnetic propulsion). UFOs seemingly move about with little fuel, power, or weight constraints. So many UFO chase reports by piloted planes end because the plane needed to refuel. That is one great advantage of their propulsion system. With field propulsion, the ships could hide behind the far side of the moon to avoid detection if they had to without worrying about running out of gas. Furthermore, our astronauts have always suffered irreversible bone loss after a long tour of duty in space. No amount of exercise during the mission has prevented this. With a gravity based propulsion system, the ship’s gravity could be set to 1 g so that no bone loss occurs. This allows longer tours of duty in space and the garrisoning of our military men in space. Field propulsion also frees up the ship from using a launch pad, so now people who watch launches will never see the ship leave or arrive and thus never wonder what is going on.

More and more countries are achieving space travel. More and more countries are popping up where the whole government is insane. North Korea, Iran, Somalia, Sudan, the Taliban in Afghanistan, just to name a few, would be completely untrustworthy and irresponsible if they achieved a toehold in space. For the last 60 years, the major powers of the world have practiced a form of standoff to preserve peace called Mutually Assured Destruction, or MAD. The idea of MAD is to have so much first and second strike capability that any country who attacks knows that it would also be annihilated. It is the same as “If you kill me, I’ll kill you back.” This is not a pleasant way to maintain peace, but there are not many other, if any, clear alternatives. This means that the weaponizing of space is inevitable for self protection and peace. Many of you remember the Strategic Air Command, or SAC. In the fifties, one of SAC’s programs was to have nuclear armed bombers in the air 24/7. This was so that if an attack occurred, we’d still have second strike capability already in the air and ready to counterattack. It sure must have used a lot of fuel. A space fleet could provide the same deterrent as the SAC bombers did but without the fuel waste.

Just one last thought. We still might have that fleet up there already. There have been several instances over the years where a satellite went dead for a long period of time and then started operating again. It certainly confounds the scientists who have no idea how such “self repair” can happen. Maybe the space fleet repaired those satellites.

[1] “Pentagon Leaves the Shuttle Program”, by William Broad, New York Times, 8/7/1989
[4] “Hitler’s Flying Saucers”, by Henry Stevens, 2003, pp. 95-97



by Ufonalyzer October, 2009; Re-published 12/24/13

12/24/13: I wrote this over 4 years ago. Due to the recent revelations supplied by Edward Snowden, it has become relevant to our present status here in the USA. This article's emphasis on the use of satellites and its downplay of the use of drones is probably incorrect, but the statements about government surveillance are 100% accurate. Here it is again for your reading pleasure, unedited.

As of the year 2000 about 8000 satellites had been launched since the 1957 beginning of the space age. About 560 were still up there operating as of that year [1] and now (as of 10/01/09) there are 900 operating [2]. What happened to the thousands of missing satellites? They went dead, became so obsolete as to become not used anymore, or fell back to earth.

Satellites can be categorized into many different groups, depending on what you may wish to discuss. They can be categorized by orbit (Low Earth Orbit, Medium Earth Orbit, Elliptical, Geosynchronous (includes Geostationary)); by controlling organization (military, civil, commercial, government); or by function (imaging {includes spy}, scientific, communications). Groups of satellites that fulfill a particular function are called constellations. Therefore, they can also be categorized by constellation name (e.g. GPS, Iridium, Globalstar). Of the 900, the US has 435 operating satellites of which 111 are military. The Defense Support Program (DSP) satellites are military. Russia has 90 and China has 53 total satellites in operation now [2].

Some satellites may be so secret that they have not even been found yet. There are many launch facilities around the world from which a secret satellite could be sent into space. Furthermore, multiple satellites can be deployed into space from the same launch. Satellites can also be launched from a missile attached to a flying airplane. The original proposal for the Iridium system of global portable phones recommended this as the favored launch method to keep costs in control. If America were to have a secret space fleet, satellites could be launched from our spaceships. After all, they already have been launched from the space shuttle. Thus, monitoring of the US’s favorite launch facilities would do no good to determine if another satellite were to join the 900.

It is very likely that the 111 US military satellite quantity is understated. There is an organization of hobbyists who track satellites which in 2006 was tracking about 140 black American satellites [3]. At about this time, the website for the Union of Concerned Scientists [2] stated that there were 95 US military satellites. Thus we must conclude that we have extra satellites up there doing things that we haven’t a clue about.

Many of the military satellites are up there for spying purposes. The most publicized of the spy satellites are the KH satellites, nicknamed KeyHole, which have been evolving steadily for decades. The original Keyhole satellites launched in 1960 had 3 foot resolution, in 1990 they were rumored to have 6” resolution, and the current KH-12 series launched from 1995 to 2005 is rumored to have 2 cm resolution. Just consider this: in 35 years the resolution of the Keyhole series went from 36 inches to 0.8 inches. It would be a good bet to believe that now in 2009 resolution is good enough to read license plates and do facial recognition by satellite. We may even have satellites that can read an open book from 400 miles! We will come back to this later.

Of course, more types of spying than just visual and infrared imaging are being done from these satellites. In 1999, cellular switch (the stationary piece of a cellular telephone system that the handheld cellphones “talk to”) manufacturers were mandated by the government to provide “hooks”, i.e. access capability, of both hardware and software as necessary to allow easy phone call monitoring of cellular conversations in the next generation of switch designs. This was before 9/11/2001. It would be na├»ve to assume that communications satellites were not similarly mandated, even though these satellites, like cellular switches, are commercially owned.

In this day and age, a country has to have spy capability to maintain control of the radical elements of the world who wish to destroy whatever democracy we have left. The law allows monitoring of phone calls when one end of the call is outside the US. The problem is that it is just as easy to monitor any call, not just the ones with a foreign termination, using existing technology. Thus, the government is prevented from listening in on US to US conversations by using a “Chinese firewall” to avoid breaking the law. (A Chinese firewall is a protocol only barrier; only written rules prevent breaching it. Any unethical person who wishes to breach the firewall to find something out or do something wrong can do so because the barrier is set up only by rules and ethics.) Past history has proven that the government just cannot resist the temptation to spy on its citizens if it has the physical and technical means to do so. It never has and never will obey the Chinese firewall, and that is a problem. Now consider the use of spy satellites. Now that we have satellites that can really zero in on a person, is there a protocol where use of such imaging satellites is permitted only for foreign spying? How long will it take for visual satellite spying on US cititzens to start to occur? Just something to consider. {Digression: 4 star general Michael Hayden was the director of the NSA and later was appointed by Bush to become the Director of the CIA. This lasted until Obama replaced him. This is the same Michael Hayden who vigorously defended the use of secret prisons and questionable interrogation methods on suspected terrorists. This is the same Michael Hayden who as director of NSA, his job prior to the CIA directorship, said in a national press conference on May 31, 2006, that he was 100% sure that the 4th Amendment did not have a prohibition against searches and seizures without probable cause. NSA’s main job is to eavesdrop on communications and it illegally does this on American to American communications all the time which it denies. It is unforgiveable that the head of an eavesdropping organization like the NSA would not know that “upon probable cause” is literally part of the 4th amendment. It was a disgusting and disgraceful display of ignorance and arrogance. He should have been fired soon after this revelation. Instead Bush appoints him to a more prestigious position about a year later, the Directorship of the CIA. Unbelievable! Why was this guy a 4 star general? Why was he rewarded with high positions? Yikes!}

It is the Ufonalyzer’s belief that our satellite technology contributed greatly to the success of the “surge” in Iraq. Bob Woodward, in his book “The War Within”, writes the following long passage:
“Beginning in about May 2006, the U.S. military and the U.S. intelligence agencies launched a series of TOP SECRET operations that enabled them to locate, target, and kill key individuals in extremist groups such as al Qaeda, the Sunni insurgency and renegade Shia militias, or so-called special groups. The operations, which were either Special Access Programs (SAP) or part of Special Compartmented Information (SCI), incorporated some of the most highly classified techniques and information in the U.S. government.
Senior military officers and officials at the White House have asked me not to publish the details or the code word names associated with these groundbreaking programs. They argue that publication of the names alone might lead to unraveling of state secrets that have been so beneficial in Iraq. Because disclosing the details of such operations could compromise their ongoing use, I have chosen not to include more here. But a number of authoritative sources say these covert activities had a far-reaching effect on the violence and were very possibly the biggest factor in reducing it. Several said that 85 to 90 percent of the successful operations and “actionable intelligence” had come from these new sources, methods, and operations. Several others said that figure was exaggerated but acknowledged their significance. Once again, it was American innovation that provided and edge.”
[4] Bold type added by this writer for emphasis.

What this says is that the troop increase in Iraq known as the surge was not wholly responsible for the turn around in that conflict. In fact, some people thought that it may have contributed only a small portion of the improvement. Now there is talk of doing the surge again, this time in Afghanistan so these secret programs would be reused if there is an Afghan surge. What were these secret programs that Mr. Woodward is referring to in this passage that were so effective? For sure, one of the the secret programs was the hiring of Blackwater by the CIA to conduct assassinations as reported August 19, 2009, in the New York Times. {Digression: Ironically, at this same moment in time, the CIA’s website states the following in its FAQ section:
“FAQ #9: The CIA has been accused of conducting assassinations and engaging in drug trafficking. What are the facts?
Answer: The CIA does neither. Executive order 12333 of 1981 explicitly prohibits the CIA from engaging, either directly or indirectly, in assassinations. Internal safeguards and the congressional oversight process assure compliance.”
[5]} The font size and bold emphasis are the Ufonalyzer’s.

This is on the CIA website even as they admitted hiring Blackwater to perform assassinations. So much for the truth from the CIA. The Ufonalyzer is not against assassinating fanatical terrorists. He is against secrecy and lies.}

Woodward’s book implies that a combination of techniques was used as effective countermeasures against Al Qaeda. It mentions Special Access Programs which are almost always Black Budget highly technical developments. The hiring of assassins is NOT a highly technical development. They do the killing, but what did the locating and targeting? It is therefore highly likely that spy satellites were instrumental in locating and recognizing the targets to be assassinated. Drones could have been used also, but satellites would give far more coverage. This means that we know how to use these satellites against individual people and not just stationary targets.

Now, let’s take this one step further. In 1967, the Outer Space Treaty prohibited the deployment of weapons of mass destruction in space. Most people believe that there currently are no weapons in space, but this treaty did NOT forbid the deployment of conventional weapons. But what do you think would be the “jewel in the crown” of a future satellite weapon system? The Ufonalyzer believes that it would be a satellite which could be programmed with facial recognition software and which can assassinate a person from space with precision. It would be a sniper satellite. If that existed, there would be little need to hire a Blackwater or Wackenhut to do the job.

A totalitarian society with this kind of capability is a chilling thought. Now there are many countries where the state is supreme; it disallows any criticism of itself whatsoever, and freely uses torture and assassination of its own citizens to achieve its ends. Weapons like a laser assassination satellite would be a welcome addition to control the masses. The populace could become very paranoid, knowing that they could be struck down at any moment. Fashions might change where hats and facial hair become the norm, and glassene clothing to reflect away laser beams could be introduced.

In 1791, Jeremy Bentham conceived of a type of architecture which would allow a single person to watch over everyone else in the building. This concept would be of use in, say, a prison or a library. This type of architectural design is called a Panopticon. Everyone within it would realize they could be watched at any conceivable moment, and as a result would behave according to the rules. A totalitarian government would like to have a virtual panopticon, where any person knows that he/she is watchable and recordable into a monitored, central databank. Everyone in their country would realize that they had no privacy, and were subject to computerized eavesdropping of their phones and internet work by centralized supercomputers, and their outdoor activities via spy satellite. If they misbehaved, they could be taken out at any time on the street by a laser beam from above. What a horrible place that would be. To compensate, the government would have to supply “bread and circuses” as the Romans used to say. Free or cheap food and mindless entertainment would be served up as an opiate for the masses. This kind of society is within reach today—that’s the scary part. Elements of it are already in place, awaiting the tyrannical leader who will put it all together.

Fortunately, with regard to satellites being used as offensive weapons, there are some big drawbacks. Most satellite types these days are detectable mainly because their sightings are repeatable due to being in regular orbits. They are also easily detectable by radar. The US’s SPASUR system has been very effective in detecting satellites going over the US. Repetitive orbits allow predictive analysis on where they will be in the future. This makes them vulnerable. Both the US and China each have shot down one of their own defective satellites from the ground. They are not the ultimate weapon. A space fleet would not have the weaknesses of a satellite weapon. We know UFOs have cloaking capability, so it is likely our scientists are working on that too. If they are successful, all sorts of things will be given this capability, satellites among them. Until then, we must assume that space satellites remain easily detectable and therefore vulnerable. Please read Unfonalyzer’s writeup, “Does America Have a Secret Space Program?” to find out more about this possibility.

[4] “The War Within” by Bob Woodward, 2008, page 380




One nice thing about the 1950s is that there was so little space junk and satellites flying around. When sputnik was launched in 1957, followed 4 months later by USA’s own satellite, the whole world was notified of every satellite launch into the emptiness of space. Nowadays there are so many launches, both public and secret, that no one cares about individual launches anymore. There’s so much stuff up there that two satellites collided a year ago. But back in the fifties, space was a vast, three dimensional empty wilderness—or so we thought.

This writeup is about weird space satellites of our early space era. Some of these satellites appeared to travel around under their own power, so they really amount to UFOs by today’s standards. Most of the source material is from the internet, but the Ufonalyzer has attempted to bring in some other unique source material and ideas into this writeup. The internet and other sources are posted at the end.

In 1960 a mysterious satellite was discovered by radar. Actually it was discovered in 1959 and exposed in 1960. At this time of the space era, the USA had 11 satellites in orbit and the USSR had one. The Russian one weighed 2,925 pounds and the heaviest USA satellite weighed 1,700 pounds. The unknown object was estimated to weigh at least 30,000 pounds [1] and was 10’ by 70’ in two of its dimensions [5]. Another size estimate of it is from a NY Times article which said it was a little smaller than 19’ long and 5’ diameter [6]. This object was written up in newspapers across the country and was nicknamed The Black Knight. Photos were taken of the satellite which appear to be difficult to obtain. Furthermore, The Black Knight was in a polar orbit. Neither the USA nor USSR had achieved any polar orbit launches due to the higher launch velocity required. Some sources claim that the satellite moved from east to west (all satellites then moved from west to east as observed from the earth’s surface because they were launched in that direction to utilize earth’s rotational velocity), but the Ufonalyzer believes that is due to observing the polar orbit from below while the earth rotates west to east. One source, [3], states that the orbit’s inclination to the equator was 135 degrees, so this means that the satellite’s motion had both polar and equatorial components. Regardless of which is correct, the large polar component was not achievable by known earth space technology in 1960. The satellite was unresponsive to any communication, so it was deemed a dark satellite.

Now, what in the world could have put that thing up there? Of course it could have been an alien satellite for surveillance of earth. After all, there are many videos of vertical cylinders just sitting in the air presumably doing surveillance; this occurs often enough so that the UFO community has given the these the name “probes” Other writers speculate that it is an artifact left over from an ancient era when mankind had space travel as written in India’s epic mythological poems, the Mahabarata and Ramayana. The Ufonalyzer wishes to throw out another theory not mentioned in any of the other articles: it is evidence of a secret space program from here on earth. Maybe it was a leftover hulk of a Nazi UFO, or maybe it was a secret space program satellite, Russian or American. Who knows? The UFO disappeared a few weeks later. According to one article [1], a second such satellite was discovered later. Both objects were about the same size and both were in polar orbits.

One of Donald Keyhoe’s books first clued the Ufonalyzer onto this next oddity. In 1954, Keyhoe announced to the world that 2 huge satellites had parked themselves into equatorial orbits around earth. Keyhoe was later to report that his sources told him the satellites had originally been picked up in 1953 while testing new long-range radar. You can hear his actual radio broadcast of this at [2], but you can also read his announcement of it in one of his books. The two satellites were orbiting in low earth orbits 400 miles and 600 miles above the earth. The story finally leaked enough to be broken open by the press, but the government responded by claiming that the satellites were natural and had been captured by earth’s gravitational field. For these two satellites to have been captured by earth’s gravity in equatorial orbits only a few hundred miles from the surface of the earth is a ridiculous and obviously false story. Further cover was provided because the government had already hired Clyde Tombaugh, the noted astronomer who not only had seen and reported a UFO but who was the man who discovered Pluto in 1930. His alleged job was to investigate whether earth had captured small satellites that had been previously undiscovered in the history of mankind. The storyline was that if they existed, these natural satellites could be used as stepping stone platforms into space. The truth was that due to his knowledge and experience with UFOs and astronomy, the alarming discovery by radar in 1953 of those satellites was the reason for his hiring. Dr. Lincoln LaPaz, noted meteor expert, who worked for the government investigating various UFO related matters such as the green fireball UFOs in the Southwest, also was hired for the same project. LaPaz always claimed that he never worked on the natural satellite capture program, but many skeptics believe otherwise. Tombaugh always claimed that his study always was about the capture of natural satellites. In 1955, Popular Mechanics wrote a story which supported this claim. It is interesting to note that Popular Mechanics put forward a theory that these objects could be secret USA space satellites; in other words, it attempted to explain away a hypothetical UFO discovery by invoking a hypothetical secret space program. {Digression: Throughout the history of UFO debunking, Popular Mechanics appears to be a staunch propaganda conduit for the US government coverup. They pop up everywhere. Two years or so ago, the Ufonalyzer watched a 2 hour documentary about the Twin Towers collapse of 9/11, and Popular Mechanics had a spokesman on the show completely supporting the government storyline. It was a good, believable documentary, but whether the Ufonalyzer totally believed the documentary is not relevant. The point is that it seemed very odd that this magazine spokesman would be chosen for this role. The Ufonalyzer did not learn until later that Popular Mechanics frequently is trotted out when a debunking is needed.}

All the sources claimed that they were huge but never gave a dimension. However, one source [1] states that these objects were so big they were called “moonlets”. It further states that the 1953 discovery was actually of 10 objects, ranging from 2000 to 5000 feet in diameter. Then in 1954, the two objects described previous were discovered, but the implication were that these two were of the same type and size as the 10 1953 objects. Ufonalyzer recalls reading somewhere that in 1954 the government allegedly started Project Sigma whose purpose was to establish communications contact with UFOs, and it was this satellite incident which prompted the inception of the project. The project directed a beam of binary communications toward the UFO in hopes of getting a response. These large satellite UFOs would have been ideal because they were easy to find in the sky and followed normal orbits, unlike the usual UFOs which appear randomly and move around so quickly. Supposedly this project was successful in making contact with the aliens by 1959. By the way, although these large UFOs (satellites) were parked in orbit, they were said to occasionally move around, sometimes dipping down close to earth as they pursued their agenda.

The 1954 large satellites strangely parallel the premise of Morris Jessup’s 1955 book, “The Case for the UFO”. The main premise for this book is that beings are living in large vehicles above the earth. The book is a collection of fortean occurrences that Jessup believed supported this theory, such as falling ice blocks, raining fish, and appearances of large bodies in the sky. Jessup provides many examples of large objects which throughout history have transited the sun. (Def: transit: the passage of a heavenly body across a given location or through the field of a telescope.) Throughout history many astronomers have observed this sort of thing with great excitement, but when they rushed to gather further detail about these objects with their telescopes, they never could find them again; i.e. they were one time occurrences. Jessup’s theory was that these one time objects were really there and were huge alien ships which were close to earth, and NOT far out in outer space near the sun as the astronomers always assumed. Thus when they trained their telescopes toward where the objects were last seen, they never were there given the fact that the objects were much closer to earth than the astronomers thought so the objects had long since moved on. Jessup was no dumbass, as he almost had a doctorate in astrophysics himself, with the unusual distinction of having done his doctoral dissertation before, not after, his coursework which is not the norm to say the least. He never did complete his courses so he never got his doctorate. Jessup further theorized that the aliens would park their ships between earth and moon at the neutral gravity point, which is about 200k miles out, and not the 400 and 600 mile distances that the actual large satellites were parked.

The content of Jessup’s book, however, was overshadowed by a copy of it that showed up with colored ink strange commentaries in its margins written by 3 people who obviously believed, smugly and perhaps actually, that they had hidden and arcane knowledge about aliens, UFOs, and the ancient pre-history of man. They referred to themselves as gypsies. The story gets weirder. One of these 3 commentators was none other than Carl M. Allen, a.k.a. Carlos Miguel Allende, who provided the story of the Philadelphia Experiment. The comments in the margins so intrigued our government that they hired Varo Corporation, an aerospace military defense firm, to print about 100 copies of the book at government expense, including the colored ink comments in the margins. This book plus the colored annotations is available to be read free on the internet at [4]. Jessup committed suicide in 1959 by routing his car’s exhaust into his car while he was in it, although some conspiracy believers think he was assassinated for either his UFO beliefs or his connection to the Philadelphia Experiment.

Other unknown satellite discoveries are also detailed in some of the references below, particularly [1] and [7]. If they were documented here, it would just be plagiarizing other people’s good work, so please read about them at these references if you wish.

You may ask, then, what is the Ufonalyzer’s opinion of all of this? For sure, the 1953-1954 giant satellites and the 1960 Black Knight events were real, with sufficient public documentation and exposure plus follow on analysis to cut through the spin and lies of the time. The huge satellites parked in low earth orbits were clearly alien ships. Humanity still cannot build a structure of this size in outer space that flies around. The 1960 Black Knight may have been an alien satellite, but final judgment must be deferred in the Ufonalyzer’s opinion. Ufonalyzer still hopes to find a photo of this satellite (many were taken) to try to discern whether it is alien or earthly created. Human created satellites always seem to look like contraptions but with some symmetry about them. But it might be that if aliens built it, it would have a strangeness about it not seen in other satellite photos. This photo could sway the Ufonalyer to one side or the other. It was possible in 1960 to achieve a photo at, say, 400 miles where the shape could be resolved. If such a photo was too fuzzy, perhaps with modern enhancement techniques a pretty good picture of that satellite could now be obtained. But no photo seems to be available, and hope is fading that one will be found. This is starting to seem like one of those situations where once known/public information has been swept up and quarantined for secrecy. Grumman Corp. took a photo of it that is on the web but it is just a dot of light. So for now, the Ufonalyzer is of the opinion that the Black Knight was more likely a secret American or Russian satellite from a probable secret space program. If it was American, this secret space program is likely continuing to this day, although it undoubtedly has transformed as more technology discoveries (read reverse engineered alien technolgy) have been incorporated into the program. This is discussed further in the article, “Does America Have a Secret Space Program?” on Ufonalyzer’s blog.






[6] “A Mystery Polar Satellite, Believed Russian, Spotted” by John W. Finney, New York Times, February 11, 1960.