posted on Aug, 21 2018 @ 05:57 AM
Pretty much ever since the Roc was announced, there have been people making the argument that it is basically a flying Glomar Explorer - that it was
being secretly financed by the CIA/NSA/NRO/whomever so that they could launch on need from pretty much any location world-wide.
I gave those arguments some credence until it was announced that Stratolaunch would be using Pegasus for its rocket. The Roc with a Pegasus launch
vehicle doesn't get any significant increase in payload compared to using a modified L-1011 like Orbital Sciences does or using a B-52 as was done for
the first few Pegasus launches back in the 90s. Even if there was some need to salvo-launch 3 rockets at the same time, it would be easier and cheaper
to modify another few L-1011s or - again - just use B-52s.
To me, this announcement makes the prospect of some shadowy government backer of Stratolaunch much more likely. They've developed an expensive
aircraft, and now they are proposing developing not one but three expensive rockets. Paul Allen's got money, but we're talking a lot of money being
spent on un-proven hardware which, to the best of my knowledge, hasn't yet secured any customers for launch.
I also can't help but notice that 'Black Horse,' the space plane being proposed, shares part of its name with the rumored Blackstar space plane
*takes off tinfoil hat and goes to make coffee*