June 23, 2016
The mysterious satellite was sent into orbit on Saturday, carried by a Delta IV Heavy Rocket. The secret payload belongs to the National Reconnaissance Office, which picked a rather unusual mission emblem: A Black Knight.
Interestingly, as the world’s largest rocket launched from Cape Canaveral carrying the secret payload, the live feed from the launch was cut after six minutes in order to maintain the payloads secrecy.
Its real mission remains a profound mystery, and we can only guess what it will be doing in space. However, many have started speculating that the enigmatic logo chosen by the National Reconnaissance Office is a tell-tale sign that gives off the satellite’s true purpose in space: the study of the Black Knight Satellite.
The mystery satellite has been spotted by amateur astronomers over the trail of Malacca. According to sources, the secret payload belonging to the National Reconnaissance Office is, in fact, a ‘Mentor’ Satellite; wich will be used to pick u electronic signals.
According to the United Launch Alliance, the mission was ‘in support of national defense’.
Amateur astronomers detailed the discovery of the satellite on the blog belonging to Marco Langbroek, a satellite tracker who helped guide Paul Camilleri toward the discovery, along with fellow sky gazer Ted Molczan.
According to their calculation, the satellite was discovered somewhere near latitude 104E. Just over the Strait of Malacca. According to astronomers, the satellite appears to be drifting westward.
‘My guess (and no more than that) is that it will eventually stop drifting near either 80 E (south of Sri Lanka) or perhaps 10 E (over central Africa),’ Langbroek writes in his blog.
‘The reason for the initial placement near 104 E is likely that in this position it is initially well placed for the Pine Gap Joint Defense Facility ground station in central Australia (one of two facilities dedicated to NRO SIGINT payloads) during the initial check-out phase.’
According to Langbroek’s blog, the top-secret satellite is most likely a Mentor Satellite, following the launch of SIX others between 1995 and 2012. Langbroek writes that the massive mentor satellites are in fact SIGINT satellites which are used to ‘listen’ for radio signals.
As millions of people were watching the launch of the secretive ‘NROL-37’ mission for the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), six minutes after launch, the live feed was cut. According to the CBS, the rocket may have in fact carried one of the most powerful surveillance satellites dubbed ‘Mentor’, which are able to pick up electronic signals from ships.
The NRO has not released any information about the mission or what the rocket was carrying into space.
Ted Molzcan, an amateur satellite analyst, told CBS: ‘If the NRO is the customer and it’s a Delta IV-Heavy out of Florida, then all the precedents have been heavy signals intelligence-type satellites.’
The powerful satellite launched by the National Reconnaissance Office has one of the biggest antennas in space and is able to pick up electronic signals from ships, aircraft, ground stations, and other satellites.
According to the CBS, after the signals are processed by the spy-satellite, the transmission is encrypted and transmitted back to US authorities.
The only thing the NRO explained is the ominous ‘Black Knight logo.’
According to their Facebook page:
‘The knight stands in front of the US flag in a defensive posture as to protect at all cost. The eagle on the chest is a symbol of both freedom and the United States of America. The sword is a message of tenacious, fierce focus with the claws representing extreme reach with global coverage.’
It’s real mission remains a profound mystery, and we can only guess what it will be doing in space. However, many have started speculating that the enigmatic logo chosen by the National Reconnaissance Office is a tell-tale sign that gives off the satellite’s true purpose in space: the study of the Black Knight Satellite.
The Black Knight Satellite has been one of the most controversial ‘artificial satellites’ orbiting our planet. The discovery of the Black Knight Satellite is perhaps one of the most (in)famous space objects to orbit our Planet. This “Artificial Satellite” has caused major media interest since the late 50’s, and it has become one of the most talked about objects in space. First thought to be a Russian spy satellite, the Black Knight has gripped the interest of millions worldwide.
The story of the Black Knight made its media debut in the 1940’s when the St. Louis Dispatch and The San Francisco Examiner wrote about the “Satellite” on May 14th, 1954. The Time Magazine wrote about it on the seventh of March, 1960. Here is what they said about it.
Three weeks ago, headlines announced that the U.S. had detected a mysterious “dark” satellite wheeling overhead on a regular orbit. There was nervous speculation that it might be a surveillance satellite launched by the Russians, and it brought the uneasy sensation that the U.S. did not know what was going on over its own head. But last week the Department of Defense proudly announced that the satellite had been identified. It was a space derelict, the remains of an Air Force Discoverer satellite that had gone astray. Read the complete story by visiting the Time Magazine website.
On August 23, 1954, the technology magazine Aviation Week and Space Technology released a story that angered the Pentagon, who were trying to keep the information secret. The short article stated:
Pentagon scare over the observance of two previously unobserved satellites orbiting the earth has dissipated with the identification of the objects as natural, not artificial satellites. Dr. Lincoln LaPaz, expert on extraterrestrial bodies from the University of New Mexico, headed the identification project. One satellite is orbiting about 400 miles out, while the other track is 600 miles from the earth. Pentagon thought momentarily the Russians had beaten the U.S. to space explorations.
But many other news agencies have written about the strange object believed to be locked in polar orbit around our planet.