reply to post by Canada_EH
Blackswift is a duplication of other efforts including
the NASA X-33/X-34 ramjet/scramjet spaceplanes with the
added perogative of creating systems that would allow
in-atmosphere (but high altitude) operations for strike
and recon missions.
And Blackswift R&D, While not under that specific codename
has been under many guises since at least the early 1980's
including R&D results from another program called Blackstar
and the 1987 era Liquid Methane/Oxygen-powered Aurora
and not to mention the 1960's era Lockheed X-24c and
North American Aircraft Corporation XB-70 bomber conceptual
designs for use as a multi-stage trans-sonic delivery system.
Research test beds which research and TEST only specific
parts and concepts of a larger operational system such
as audio/visual stealth, coatings, controlled or active
wing deformation, composite construction, etc. include
names such as COPPER CANYON, HAVE SPACE, HAVE REGION
and the one I keep hearing about on the Aviation Leak
grapevine which is "Grand Canyon" which could be
the giant Mothership/TR3B craft some keep talking about!
Many of these programs are essentially duplicate efforts
due to varying mission requirements for specific branches
of DOD and varying requirements for tactical and strategic
missions. The NSA (National Security Agency) and
NRO (National Reconnaissance Office) have their own
imagery-oriented desires for spaceplanes while
the Air Force is interested in long-range strategic
strike missions, while the Navy would have a version
to test speceplane platforms delivered from ocean-centric
environments (i.e. carriers/cruisers/subs). The Marines/Army
MIGHT have a version for delivery of special forces at
long ranges in very short periods of times which would
be the spaceplane equivalent of a Pave Low/Black Hawk
SOF (Special Operations Forces) delivery vehicle....and for
the infiltration/testing of enemy defence systems for
tactical mission planning purposes.
There's NO specific source I could (or WOULD!) give for my assertions
BUT I have enough grounding in Defence Tech and Space/Flight Systems
that it allows me access to certain persons who probably know
a lot more than I do.
The key things to remember within the Aviation Leak community,
is finding and listening to a large number of raw discrete/separate
sources who basically all say the same thing (or variations thereof)
and then by doing personal research on specific technologies
(including patent digging) to see if the tech details SUPPORT
specific stories or themes.
The game is called "Connecting the Dots" so that I can answer
the five W's....What, When, Where, Why and Who! ...which I can
then report to the ATS community.
Be forwarned though....SOME of my sources ARE PROBABLY
deliberate DISinformation (by design) to foil detailed
discovery or elaboration of ultra-secret programmes!
Deflection, distortions, re-orientation and even plain old
nastiness are some of the methods used to steer us away from
the truth but in my opinion there's too many of US (i.e. ATS'ers)
to truly and effectively stop ALL or SOME of the REAL information
from getting out...ergo we know of Blackswift earlier than we
probably would have.
I am not disputing that there are SOME legitimate strategic
reasons for keeping SOME secrets within the confines of a
CAP (Compartmentalized Access Program) / SAP (Special Access Program)
cloak of secrecy, BUT i think it's gone too far, for too long and mostly
for the reasons such as Number One: It's a lucrative business
to be in and why rock the boat. Number 2: It's a FUN business
to be in to have your own secret playground that nobody else has!
and Number 3: The Defence of the Military and Political Status Quo!
Our job on ATS is to out any and all evidence that points
to programs that excessively duplicate efforts, waste money
by dis-incentivizing economies of scale and multi-branch
cooperation AND finally blow-off-the-doors of ANY evidence of programs
that would be of FUNDAMENTAL AND BASIC BENEFIT to mankind
if the research and/or operational platforms/devices could be applied
to widespread civilian use. Ergo...If THEY have a ZERO-point
Free-Energy module or Lightspeed-capable spacecraft in existence
then it's ATS's job to make sure WE and the rest of the world
KNOWS ABOUT IT!!!!!!