For several months now I have been dropping hints in various threads at AboveTopSecret.com about a space craft that goes by the name
. It is a cargo transport vessel that I found while digging through thousands of reports on Lunar Mining from the Lunar and Planetary
It was really funny actually, and sad, as not one person took the bait... neither skeptic nor supporter. This is possibly because this ship is very
elusive, and without the precise search questions, the best you will get on "Aquila Cargo Transport" it the "Chronicles of Riddick". I just love
the way they hide things in plain sight.
Okay lets start with the document that started my long search... I showed this to many people at the Bay Area UFO Expo and got pretty much the same
reaction from everyone when they got to paragraph four... I believe I heard Springer exclaim "Jesus!!"
The Aquila Cargo Transport a very elusive spacecraft with a LONG history...
The Original Document...
This is an abstract of a document at Lunar and Planetary Institute that I do not have clearance enough for to get the full report... (that alone
should say something...) however the abstract is good enough to start with...
Now a note of respect here please... all the documents I have gathered include contact info for the parties revolved. I have left out phone numbers
and emails but I am sure ATS'ers will not barrage these people with letters...
I have highlighted key phrases in Bold...
SPACE TRANSPORTATION FOR A LUNAR RESOURCES BASE (LRB)
Hubert P. Davis, Starcraft Boosters, Inc.
1032 Military Drive
Canyon Lake, TX 78133
This is a report of a work in progress. So far as the author is presently aware, this topic has not been previously addressed. Proprietary work
by NASA or others may, however, exist that address similar topics.
This work assumes that a base near the South Pole of our Moon will be established for the purpose of exploiting the resources of the Moon; principally
the water ice that many believe was discovered by the Clementine and Lunar Prospector satellites. The ice is of particular value as, with the aid of
the ample solar resource available nearby, it may become an essentially limitless source of oxygen / hydrogen propellants for continued visitation to
and expansion of the base and for the support of additional space exploration missions, including human exploration of Mars.
This work placed a total 129 tons initial base for both the in crater and crater rim installations, as well as a 90 tons “marshaling yard” at
the Earth Moon L-1 libration point. For launch services, the results of an in house Shuttle Derived Heavy Lift Launch Vehicle study were used. It is
called Aquila. This vehicle can deliver over 50 tons to low Earth orbit from the Kennedy Space Center, using a combination of Space Shuttle and Delta
IV Heavy components.
A second stage of the Delta IV Heavy vehicle was used to deliver 15 tons payloads from Earth orbit to docking at L-1. By so doing, no “new start”
systems are needed beyond those of the L-1 station and the LRB itself, provided the Aquila and Crew Exploration Vehicle have been previously
developed. At L-1, three of these once used stages are fitted with landing gear and other elements needed to produce a highly capable Lunar
Vehicle and it is refueled from propellants delivered from Earth to place the base and to provide a single visit of a six person crew to aid the
robotic operations necessary to produce a fully functional base.
If the ground rule is established that “dry” cargo and propellant must be launched separately, 34 launches were required. This will permit over
50% of the launches to launch only propellants. Later missions, using propellants produced by the LRB, show a large net gain in propellants available
at L-1. For example, a round trip mission with the CEV results in a net gain of over six tons of propellant at L-1; a cargo delivery nets over 69
Work continues on the “pay-off” phase; that is, further missions making use of the propellants obtained from the shallow “gravity
well” of the Moon. Propellants produced on the Moon will only be used from the lunar surface or from L-1; no attempt will be made to deliver
them to other locations. That will come, but is “out-of-scope” for the present work.
A Mars mission departing from L-1 with mass of 686 tons can be placed on the trans Mars trajectory expending lunar origin propellants and just
one of the Lunar Vehicles, requiring an additional 13 Aquila launches. This will permit dual Mars spacecraft to be used for each mission with a 28%
mass margin over a single, similar mass vehicle departing from low Earth orbit.
This short extract has so much data in in. Lets try to follow the trail...
First and most obvious question... Who is Starcraft Boosters?
Second... What is a Delta IV Heavy Component?
Third... Who makes the Delta IV's?
Fourth... Where are the Launched from?
Without even touching on the Moon Base and Mars cargo runs mentioned above (We will get back to that). these questions led to many interesting
Who is Starcraft Boosters?
Take a look at the Starcraft Booster Team
Starcraft Booster Home Page
So if you wondered why Buzz Aldrin doesn't say much about whats going on... this ought to tell you WHY...
Here is his personal page BTW for those interested..
Here is the one version of the Aquila (there are several)
And if you recall from the previous section... here is the Star Booster
In the above image you already see the Delta IV Heavy... below is the Delta family from Boeing Integrated Defense Systems...
Tracking this further we looked for a platform where one could do secret launches. We had Antarctica... ( A good place as there is a radiation
"hole" over the pole, but then someone in the moon thread asked how about launches from an Island...
That lead us to "Sea Launch"
Sea Launch is a floating launch platform designed to handle the Delta IV's and is towed out to sea for launches... The other interesting fact is that
it is a joint Boeing/Russian venture... and it is the only countdown done in both Russian and English... We will get to the Russian part in all this
BOEING/ENERGIA SEA LAUNCH
Continued next Post
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[edit on 1/9/2007 by Mirthful Me]