- The USAF Space Command - who are they and what functions
do they perform? Now 25 years old, the agency it was formed it was announced
with little fanfare. Since then, it has made all the noise of a church
mouse stomping around on a padded carpet. We have heard virtually nothing
about the organization in the media over all these 25 years.
- For those of us who truly understand Uncle's megalomaniac
mentality, the need for his people and organizations to brag in one form
or another of their accomplishments is well known. This even applies to
Uncle's super-secret, supposedly non-existent organizations.
- The recent "news" that Uncle's people are listening
to various forms of communications comes as no surprise after all,
this capability dates back many decades. Anything that Uncle tells claims
he wants to start doing, means he's ALREADY been doing it for a very long
time - sometimes for more than a generation.
- Surprisingly, the US Space Command has an extensive web
page bragging about the unclassified portion of their work. But classified
projects will never appear on that website. Sometimes to understand what
Uncle is doing, you have to look at BOTH what he states and what he doesn't
state simultaneously. You also have to validate the statements which are
made, since lying is commonplace for "National Security." Here
is a photo of a group who received an award. You can see the Cheyenne
Mountain Complex entrance in the background:
- CHEYENNE MOUNTAIN AIR FORCE STATION, Colo. -- The NASA
Johnson Spaceflight Center Group Achievement Award was presented by Astronaut
Jeff Ashby (far right) to the Human Spaceflight Support Team for its exceptional
support in keeping the space shuttle, International Space Station and
its crews safe from the dangers of orbital debris, spacecraft collisions
and other inherent hazards of orbit operations. Back row from left to
right: William L. Howorth, Bill Schick, G. Taft Devere, Gerald Gill and
Tom Miller. Front row from left to right: Stacy Petruna, Dave Ward, Lawrence
Wilson and Robin Thurston. (U.S. Air Force photo) 
- At first glance, this photo looks like another feel good
"Atta- boy!" award to give them all a pat on the back. I call
your attention to the interesting statement above for their picture caption,
"exceptional support in keeping the space shuttle, International
Space Station and its crews safe from the dangers of orbital debris, spacecraft
collisions and other inherent hazards of orbit operations."
- So just HOW did they keep everyone in space safe? It's
important to note that neither the Space Station nor the Space Shuttle
can ever make large orbital corrections. Only small changes or corrections
are possible, and can often require more than one orbit to have a noticeable
effect. Propulsion systems used to maintain correct orbit are simply small
thrusters. NASA has already stated in at least one documentary "If
the shuttle was to burn all the fuel it has at one time, it could only
make an orbital change of about 5%." Why is this so? Consider what
the two solid fuel boosters and the liquid fueled engines are that put
the shuttle into orbit. Each solid fuel booster produces 1.2 million pounds
of thrust. This powerful momentum (the result of great mass) must be
overcome to make large orbital changes. Simple thrusters cannot overcome
that massive momentum imparted to the vehicle during the launch phase.
Therefore, maneuvering around a space object in the Shuttle's path is
basically impossible. The same velocity was also imparted to the space
station when it was launched in sections from the Shuttle payload bay,
too. If this wasn't so, the Shuttle could never match velocity and orbit
to mate with the Space Station.
- And although an object in orbit is weightless in space,
it still has the same mass as it did on Earth. Though related to one
another, weight and mass are two different units of measure. So just HOW
did the quiet US Space Command group protect spacecraft and the space-station
from collisions and "other inherent hazards?" What does all
this mean? If the Space Command was to call NASA and warn them saying
something like "We thought you would like to know that a dead 10
ton weather satellite that didn't reach orbit, is in the orbital path
of your space station. You might want to shift your Shuttle to a different
- What could NASA do about it? Not a thing.
- Now this is where things start to get interesting.
- SPACE JUNK TRACKING HISTORY
- NASA has a space junk tracking system dating back to
at least the days of the Apollo missions. A late friend of mine named
Jerry was a former science curriculum director for a school district,
a former Manhattan Project worker and an amateur astronomer who also
worked on Project Moonwatch back in the 1960s and early 1970s. He owned
get-away recreation farm land down in the southern tier of NY State -
high atop a place called Pennsylvania Mountain (about 40 miles north of
PA. near Hornell, NY.)
- Jerry was part of a volunteer network of amateur astronomers
around the United States who tracked space junk for NASA during the days
of the Apollo missions. He used a massive, old Navy surplus battle ship
anti-aircraft gun mount anchored in concrete to hold his telescope. Those
working in project Moonwatch also needed the ability to do spherical trigonometry
(not fun without a computer) to track the space junk. He started by getting
a fix on several reference stars to determine his exact altitude, and
he sent this data into the Smithsonian who was managing Moonwatch at the
time. They performed the required calculations to give him the exact
height of his location, which was not far from the flattened top of the
mountain. This figure was later used in calculations to track space junk.
- Amateur astronomers like Jerry all across America would
scan the sky at night, calculate the location in the sky of an object
and note the exact time using the shortwave time station WWV. This station
is still broadcasting from Ft. Collins, CO. It also transmits the precision
750 KHz radio transmissions used by self- adjusting watches and clocks
which are commonplace today. Moonwatch volunteers would send in this information
and government computers would then plot the orbits of space junk. There
were already about 18,000 pieces of junk in orbit back in the late 1960s.
This would include anything such as discarded boosters that didn't fall
to Earth, huge inter-stage booster rings which filled the open space
between rocket booster stages, heat shield foil, dead satellites, probes,
etc Even the smallest pieces of orbiting junk could be lethal to Apollo
missions because of the high velocities involved.
- Moonwatch was later discontinued when satellites and
other government surveillance of the skies was established. In fact, the
Moonwatch program was the inspiration for the structure of my website
www.data4science.net, where we encourage people to become involved in
scientific exploration in various areas too numerous to mention here.
Is there a rule that exploration must be relegated only to an elite group
of scientists? I think not, as do hundreds of volunteer members at Data4Science.net.
- Let's get back to the US Space Command, which is part
of the US Air Force. The agency claims to have prevented space junk collisions
in space. The question remains, HOW can they do it? It is known that the
Space Command has advanced secret spacecraft to exit and re-enter the
atmosphere without using rocket technology. This would include but not
be limited to vehicles such as the TR-3 made by Lockheed, or also called
the black triangle, Black Manta, etc.. Spacecraft with these capabilities
would drive NASA engineers into insane jealousy if they knew about it.
- Undoubtedly, these triangles must be armed with particle
beam or quantum weaponry, chemical lasers or electrically excited reactor
powered lasers and other weaponry. These weapons could also be used to
destroy objects in the path of the space station or space shuttle. There
were several eyewitness reports of hovering black triangles firing at
targets in Iraq during the early days of the war. There is a massive anti-gravity
energy field surrounding these vehicles which interferes with all electronic
devices, making it unlikely anyone could ever get images of them. War
has historically been the best proving ground for all new weapons. In
the UK, the press and media are forbidden under the UK Secrets Act from
covering or reporting on sightings of black triangles. That act speaks
volumes about whether or not black triangles exist. The TR-3 has been
in service since the mid-1990's, and NASA's space program is now nothing
more than on-going entertainment (theater) to distract the public.
- The question is when will the world be officially
be told about the TR-3? Probably not until something else far superior
comes along. This also means that anything NASA does in space is redundant,
obsolete and an out-right annual waste of billions of dollars. Of course,
their testing of fixed and rotor wing aircraft will always be an important
function to perform which is the "Aeronautics" part of
the organization's title. Only those at the very top of the organization
would be privy to knowledge of advanced space travel, if at all.
- US Space Command's high technology procurements are rarely
listed in the government's daily procurement publication Commerce Business
Daily whenever I've checked it in the past .
- EXCERPTS FROM THE US SPACE COMMAND POLICY (UNCLASSIFIED)
- My comments are enclosed in [ ]. I have underlined certain
statements for emphasis.
- * The United States rejects any claims to sovereignty
by any nation over outer space or celestial bodies, or any portion thereof,
and rejects any limitations on the fundamental right of the United States
to operate in and acquire data from space.
- * The United States considers space capabilities - including
the ground and space segments and supporting links - vital to its national
interests. Consistent with this policy, the United States will: preserve
its rights, capabilities, and freedom of action in space; dissuade or
deter others from either impeding those rights or developing capabilities
intended to do so; take those actions necessary to protect its space capabilities;
respond to interference; and deny, if necessary, adversaries the use of
space capabilities hostile to U.S. national interests.
- [Note the term to deny adversaries the use of space
and the implication of control of space by the US.]
- * The United States will oppose the development of new
legal regimes or other restrictions that seek to prohibit or limit U.S.
access to or use of space. Proposed arms control agreements or restrictions
must not impair the rights of the United States to conduct research, development,
testing, and operations or other activities in space for U.S. national
- * Strengthen the nation's space leadership and ensure
that space capabilities are available in time to further U.S. national
security, homeland security, and foreign policy objectives. Enable unhindered
U.S. operations in and through space to defend our interests there; Implement
and sustain an innovative human and robotic exploration program with the
objective of extending human presence across the solar system;
- * Maintain the capabilities to execute the space support,
force enhancement, space control, and force application missions;
- * Provide, as launch agent for both the defense and intelligence
sectors, reliable, affordable and timely space access for national security
- * Provide space capabilities to support continuous, global
strategic and tactical warning as well as multi-layered and integrated
- * Develop capabilities, plans, and options to ensure
freedom of action in space, and, if directed, deny such freedom of action
- * Have responsibility for space situational awareness;
in this capacity, the Secretary of Defense shall support the space situational
awareness requirements of the Director of National Intelligence and conduct
space situational awareness for: the United States Government; U.S. commercial
space capabilities and services used for national and homeland security
purposes; civil space capabilities and operations, particularly human
space flight activities; and, as appropriate, commercial and foreign space
- [Notice the statement above "human spaceflight activities."
What other kinds of spaceflight activities could there be? Alien?]
- * Establish and implement policies and procedures to
protect sensitive information regarding the control, dissemination, and
declassification of defense activities related to space. [Have any classified
space activities been de-classified to date?]
- * Coordinate on any radio frequency surveys from space
conducted by United States Government departments or agencies and review,
as appropriate, and approve any radio frequency surveys from space conducted
by the private sector, State, or local governments.
- * Where space nuclear power systems safely enable or
significantly enhance space exploration or operational capabilities, the
United States shall develop and use these systems. The use of space nuclear
power systems shall be consistent with U.S. national and homeland security,
and foreign policy interests, and take into account the potential risks.
- * Orbital debris poses a risk to continued reliable use
of space- based services and operations and to the safety of persons and
property in space and on Earth. The United States shall seek to minimize
the creation of orbital debris by government and non- government operations
in space in order to preserve the space environment for future generations.
- [A successor to the original project Moonwatch.]
- * The design, development, acquisition, operations, and
products of intelligence and defense related space activities shall be
classified as necessary to protect sensitive technologies, sources and
methods, and operations, consistent with E.O. 12958, E.O. 12951, and applicable
law and regulation as amended.
- [Here we see secret classification for certain projects.]
- Note that these are just a few excerpts from the unclassified
portion of the US Space Command policy which is publicly available. 
- Is there anything this ultra-quiet organization might
be doing which is indirectly implied? Most likely the defense of Earth
from outside threats perhaps the same threats Ronald Reagan referred
in his UN speech when he was president.
- Here is high quality broadband video from the US Space
Command and some of the unclassified work they have been doing:
- Ted Twietmeyer
-  - http://www.afspc.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123063509
-  - http://ostp.gov/html/US%20National%20Space%20Policy.pdf