posted on Feb, 4 2003 @ 04:31 PM
The article that follows is purely speculation, enjoy or comment...
Refering to the Project Brilliant Buzzard as a Mothership for deploying cargo into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) seems to fit evidence from the early
This is my theory of a typical mission.
The Mothership takes off from Groom Lake along the long runway Northwards. As it is dual-fuel craft it is full of Kerosene and liquid hydrogen, and
has a payload (maybe a shortlife spysat). Because of its size and weight a long runway is needed. It probably only needs half of the 5 miler, the rest
used for safe recovery.
The craft climbs rapidly and when it crosses the Canadian border it turns eastwards and heads over the barren parts of the land. As it crosses the
East coast it is going hypersonic at 200,000ft. Over the Western Atlantic it reaches LEO and deploys its payload.
It then deccelerates and descends over the Eastern Atlantic and heads for the West Coast of Scotland. Mainly Machrihanish airfield. This is an
unusual airfield in the UK as it runs East-West so it has a clear access to the Irish Sea, crossing no habited land. The runway was also extended by
2500ft in the late 1980's to become one of the longest runways in the UK at 12,500ft.
Being completely empty the craft stops quickly with drogue chute and taxis into a hanger under the cover of darkness.
It is then refuelled with only Kerosene for the return trip, thus being lighter and only requiring a shorter take off run.
It returns to America at a more leisurely cruise, tankering off the East coast of America, before returning to Nevada.
Turn around is quicker then the shuttle. In light of the current events with the Space Shuttle Program, it might be advantageous to go public with
this kind project-now-to reaffirm the population that they do have a safe and successful, albeit secret, space program.