It is very rare to find something in document form giving the public a glimpse into the Secret Space Program. Beyond any unprovable theories about advanced space technology, what information that is available is few and far between. One such piece of information was widely distributed in 2012. The National Reconnaissance Office (N.R.O.) announced it just happened to have two spare “Hubble” Telescopes! Sitting in a Lochheed Martin warehouse in Rochester N.Y. waiting for pick up. They were kindly donating them to N.A.S.A.. These telescopes were considered much more powerful than Hubble, yet obsolete to the N.R.O..
It was announced with a gee whiz attitude in the media and received as a gift by the scientific community. All without a critical look at what this actually means with regard to what is really going on in space. Understanding governments need to keep some secrets, the purpose of this article is to inform the reader on the reality of the situation.
What are the underlying questions not being asked? Widely quoted as being more powerful than the Hubble but obsolete to the N.R.O. and they just had a couple to spare. This alone begs two questions. What are the current space surveillance capabilities and how many are there looking down? This cannot be answered by open source information. What is in the record paints a picture that is very useful and indicates that the public isn’t being told anything near the truth.
Hubble was launched in 1990 and was a technical marvel well beyond anything we had seen previously. The scientific community was chomping at the bit to use such state of the art technology. At least that was what we were told. In reality, it was a hand me down from the 1970s of a model that had been in service for years.
This series of spy satellite is almost identical to the Hubble and has been watching you in different variations since the mid 70s. The KH-11 series or “Key Hole” reconnaissance platform can see anything on the face of the planet, and first flew in December 1976. Fourteen years before the Hubble Space Telescope! There were even cover stories concocted to explain some of the apparent similarities.
It is believed to resemble the Hubble Space Telescope in size and shape, as the satellites were shipped in similar containers. Furthermore, a NASA history of the Hubble, in discussing the reasons for switching from a 3-meter main mirror to a 2.4-meter design, states: “In addition, changing to a 2.4-meter mirror would lessen fabrication costs by using manufacturing technologies developed for military spy satellites.” A CIA history states that the primary mirror on the first KH-11s measured 2.34 meters, but sizes increased in later versions. NRO led the development of a computer controlled mirror polishing technique, which was subsequently also used for the polishing of the primary mirror of the Hubble Space Telescope.
Followed up by the KH-11B and KH-12, the N.R.O is always advancing in technology way ahead of what the populous is being told. The latest generation of Electro-Optical satellites are for more advanced and employ the Evolved Enhanced CRYSTAL System. The EEC system can see in many different wavelengths from infrared to optical and is said to have the resolution to easily read a license plate from space. Some sources contend it may even be able to see faces at certain angles. Newer versions cost over 1.6 Billion dollars a piece, as much as a Nimitz Class Air Craft Carrier. Latest generations of the KH-12 or “Misty” is a stealth version, invisible to radar, first launched by the Space Shuttle Atlantis on 28 February 199o on STS-36.
Let’s get this straight, Hubble was launched the same year(to look at space) as much a more advanced stealth version was being launched to look at you. The whole world was being told Hubble was the most advanced thing to ever come along and was going to change everything! All the media attention about the Hubble mission with some scientists even crying on TV over it. No mention of a second much more advanced stealth Hubble being launched the very same year. Got it. This is how things really work.
It also can be launched by a Titan rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base, which leads to the next question. How many of these things are out there?
A look into data on launches of this series of spy satellite by way of a rocket launch does not tell the entire truth of the matter. Many versions of this series, as well as the Hubble, were also launched on various space shuttle missions. There were 16 admitted launches of this type of spacecraft by rocket and then you add the Department of Defense Space Shuttle missions. The first military mission for the shuttle was on June 27 1982 with STS-4 and the first classified mission was STS-51-c on January 4th 1985. In all there were over 12 admitted Department of Defense missions with at least 8 being highly classified. A conservative estimate would be a fleet of at least 28 Hubble Space Telescopes, looking down on the Earth at this very moment.
Put into these terms, one can begin to understand the true size and scope of the Secret Space Program.