Sorry, whats that? The huge satellite describe as being too large to have been launched by any of the then current rocket technology, that was
orbiting the poles in the opposite direction to any other satellite, twice as fast as any other satellite, and on some days not being detectable at
all- that was all explained/blown out of proportion 'over the years'? How about these articles from 1960?:
"Judson, who has been studying the object in conjunction with Robert L. Johnson, director of the Adler Planetarium sums up the conclusions about the
thing this way: " "It's not a meteor because it's much too slow. And it's not an artificial man-made satellite, of that we're certain. THE
OBJECT TRAVELS FROM EAST TO
WEST...EVERY ARTIFICIAL SATELLITE EVER PUT UP HAS TRAVELED FROM
WEST TO EAST. THAT'S THE ONLY WAY IN WHICH THEY CAN TAKE
ADVANTAGE OF THE EARTH'S ROTATION.""
" 'THE OBJECT,' JUDSON SAID, 'DOESN'T EVEN HAVE THE DECENCY TO
MAINTAIN A REGULAR SCHEDULE, LIKE ANY OTHER HEAVENLY OR MAN MADE
OBJECT HE'S EVER SEEN.' 'WE DON'T KNOW WHEN TO WATCH FOR IT.' he says." It appears some nights, and some nights it doesn't. Usually it
appears at about the time (the) Echo I (balloon
satellite) does going in the opposite direction and about twice as fast. (Source 9/1/60 EXPERTS CLOUDY ON IDENTITY OF SKY THING (Newsday) By: Bob
Also: "Robert L. Johnson, director of Chicago's Adler Planetarium, is compiling data on the object. He says it doesn't appear to be an artificial
satellite or a meteor. An added touch of the unusual is the east to west trajectory of the object. Satellites launched by the United States and the
Soviet Union have followed the opposite trajectory, west to east, to take advantage of extra speed provided by the earth's rotation." (Source 9/1/60
GRUMMAN FILMS MYSTERY SPHERE (L.I. Press))
Also: "Secret military device? We were (at that time) using our best equipment to get our satellites into orbit,
competing with the Russians....and, if it was some sort of secret military device put into orbit going almost twice as fast in the opposite direction
of the Echo satellite, then why didn't it keep a regular schedule? It was clearly stated the object did not keep a regular schedule and was going
the WRONG WAY, twice as fast. And it was an object, not just an electronic reflection because... they took pictures of it. (source Jerry Cohen Wed, 5
The thread that Phage refers to throws up an opening post with this link: circa71.wordpress.com...
read but perhaps a little dramatic.
Phage, in that thread, are you are talking of the 'Corona/Discoverer' CIA/DoD missions? "The first dozen or more Corona satellites and their
launches were cloaked with disinformation as being part of a space technology development program called the Discoverer program. The first test
launches for the Corona/Discoverer were carried out early in 1959. The capsule of Discoverer 2 might have been recovered by the Soviets, after landing
on Spitsbergen Island. The first Corona launch containing a camera was carried out in June 1959 with the cover name Discoverer 4. This was a 750
kilogram satellite launched by a Thor-Agena rocket."(wiki)
But in fact, by far the majority of the early Discoverer missions failed (numbers 4-12, then 14-17), and none of them displayed the characteristics of
the 'Black Knight' "The spacecraft was 1.5 m in diameter, 5.85 m long. The mass excluding propellants was 743 kg, which included 111 kg for the
instrumentation payload and 88 kg for the reentry vehicle." (nasa)
Data on the orbit of Discovery 2: nssdc.gsfc.nasa.gov...
Interesting, but not the Black Knight IMHO.