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The cause was a rather unusual incident in the spring of 1960 which apparently gave the antisatellite proponents stronger justification for their arguments. The discovery of an “unknown satellite” by US tracking facilities forced White House officials to allow the further development of an inspection variant of the US Air Force’s Satellite Interceptor (SAINT) program.
The work on SAINT had begun some years earlier before the unknown
satellite was discovered. As early as 1956 Air Research and Development
Command (ARDC) had begun a study of defensive measures against hostile satellites. In 1958 the ARPA had assumed responsibility for the task but ARDC remained as the project’s supervisor. Both ARDC and ARPA as well as others had surmised that, with the rapidly advancing technology of the time a threat in the form of Soviet "bombs in orbit" was possible in the 1960's
Originally posted by SuicideVirus
I do kind of like that idea, though. That a few people in the world are selected (or are predisposed) to receive some cool super advanced knowledge from a large library located somewhere out there. Aldeberan, I guess. Hopefully it hits somebody smart enough to know what to do with it. Otherwise, I could see where it might drive somebody nuts.
[edit on 22-7-2007 by SuicideVirus]
Originally posted by neformore
There is a case commonly known as "Fast Walker" where an American DSP satellite picked up an object that passed within 15km of its orbit on a trajectory that came from outside earth orbit and, instead of succumbing to gravity, sent it right back out again, all at approximately 22,000mph.
Meteors and space debris don't do that
I shall read up more on this "Black Knight" subject. Sounds interesting.
C: Well, I’ll tell you this, I think that by 2016 that something better have happened. Because at 2016 I think that we’re going to have to announce to the world that there’s a probe that comes very close to the Earth every 15 or 20 years. And we’ve been calling it an asteroid. It’s not an asteroid. But it actually in reality is an artificial probe. In other words, somebody else put it here. They have found us long time ago. The technology will probably be pretty much on a par to, say, Voyager. It’ll be old antiquated technology by all their standards.
K: So what are you saying? Is this probe… do you know what race?
C: I’m saying we have already found it. Our paradigm says that it can’t be an artificial craft of any sort, therefore we refuse to accept that and we call it an asteroid. I’m talking about BG1991. Roughly 30 meters in diameter, highly polished surface. Asteroids don’t have a highly polished surface. It took corrective course changes to avoid collision with another asteroid. That don’t happen. This one it did.
Originally posted by Vinci
Damn it, you beat me, I was just about to write about this haha
I also found it in a book and couldn't weild as much as you had from any online source. It was right next to the "Wow!" signal in the book.
As for Philip K Dick, I have some of his books and I know a bit about him, he was crazy and a great writer, so it would be easy to dismiss his hallucinations as those from drugs or the fact he was insane, but it would also be good to compare his visions with what other people have said. Because remember, at one time only "insane" people considered the CIA poisoning American citizens