As you can tell, space has been much on my mind over the past few days during the holidays, and today is no different, as it has been announced that a private initiative, the Mars One Foundation, plans to launch the first privately owned interplanetary space probe to the planet Mars by 2018:

Private Mars colony Robotic Mission

But there's a catch, and I hope you caught it:

"The non-profit Mars One foundation has inked deals with Lockheed Martin Space Systems and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL) to draw up mission concept studies for the private robotic flight to Mars. Under the plan, Lockheed Martin will build the Mars One lander, and SSTL will build a communications satellite, the companies' representatives announced at a news conference here today."

As most of you who are regular readers here already know, I have been blogging that the future trend in space is toward greater commercialization and more such private ventures, bypassing the direct approval of any government for its accomplishment, a process that I have already suggested will inevitably involve the militarization of space, perhaps under the auspices of private corporate "space fleets." The participation of Lockheed Martin in this enterprise is therefore significant, for as most people are aware, Lockheed-Martin is a major US defense contractor, and not coincidentally, the home of Ben Rich, former head of Lockheed's skunk works, whose curious end-of-life statements have become a staple in the alternative research community: "We now have the ability to take ET home."

The Mars One group, as noted in the article, has even grander objectives in mind: the private colonization of Mars. And again, we may reasonably expect contractors like Lockheed will be intimately involved. The precedent is there in history, for we need to recall that, at least in North America and the East Indies, the model relied private corporate settlement and development under government mercantilist policies and charters. We are watching a similar phenomenon unfold... the ships of the line and Hessian troops came shortly thereafter. Now for the high octane speculation: regardless of what happens on Earth, it may be space that inevitably drives the formation of more integrated global governance and financial structures, since inevitably the actions of corporations in space will become heavy-handed, with the inevitable reaction and calls for "regulation."  And part of me suspects that this process has been underway for sometime... we are only just now really learning about it.

And that, too, has its precedents in human history, as the public "age of discovery" and exploitation of the New World lagged almost two centuries if not more behind the actual secret and suppressed knowledge of the new world.

See you on the flip side.

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Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. suguest on January 2, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    Militarization of space? The backgrounds of the three men who procured the mineral rights on the moon are chilling –

    Sorry if this has been covered before; I am delighted to have just found the site and have yet to explore it in detail!! Looking forward to it, and thank you for your work!

  2. old97polarcat on December 30, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    So, at what point do the supposed advanced space travel technologies that have been developed in the black world become public knowledge? Presumably, this trend toward commercialization/weaponization of space will at some point need to use something other than Blue Origin/NASA/SpaceX technology that is presented at cutting edge. So how do you acknowledge a secret space fleet that is working as a client state to nonhuman organizations. My guess is that Von Braun’s trump card will be called: War with evil aliens! We must all band together to fight off the evil alien attacks!

  3. Enlil's a Dog on December 30, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    This whole space militarization is very worrying.

    Let’s suppose that Dr Farrell’s shared hypothesis of a secret space program is not correct and there is no gun boat diplomacy going on out there around the Oort Cloud – what if there is in fact another race (or two, or more) out there that has been watching development on this planet since the A bomb was detonated.

    I would think that their view of us militarizing space would be less than positive – that could be bad news for us!

  4. QuietRiot on December 30, 2013 at 5:24 pm

    Great topic. Thanks, Joseph!

  5. marcos toledo on December 30, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    History repeats gunboat diplomacy, indentured servitude, genocide business as usual. Moon 44 here we come death rays, Deathstars instead of muskets and canon here we go again.

  6. Reno on December 30, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    I wonder how much it will cost the general public for a ride to Mars. Driving to Giants stadium from my home in Bklyn cost me $35.20 in TOLLS ALONE for the 27mile drive. Keep that in mind if any of you are considering voting for the New Jersey Butterball for president.

  7. Robert Barricklow on December 30, 2013 at 10:44 am

    Looks like when the Pluto Crims pull out the Corporate bag of tricks when it comes to space they are using the government’s rubber stamp to both pay for & legalize the theft in progress.

    • Robert Barricklow on December 30, 2013 at 11:13 am

      Also of interesting note:

      China’s Moon Landing Hoax Becoming Increasingl Obvious B he Day(have to scroll down to atricle)

    • Robert Barricklow on December 30, 2013 at 12:27 pm

      Nuclear Fusion Energy Coming(1:05:00 in)
      and revolution, TPP/NAFTA, ect.,(48:00 in)

      go to:
      Their Genocidal Attack On the American People by Cutting Off Extended Jobless Pay

      • marcos toledo on December 31, 2013 at 12:45 am

        Thanks for the tarpley link.

        • Robert Barricklow on December 31, 2013 at 1:02 pm

          My pleasure.

  8. Sagnacity on December 30, 2013 at 9:10 am

    But what if we get there and discover Mars is already inhabited by humans? Either ones there from ancient times living underground, or people who figured out how to build anti-gravity devices fairly easily on Earth over the last 130 years and decided to build on Mars, or both could be possible.

    Rocket landers, really. So it all seems like a distraction and make work plan for rocket builders. (Perhaps an excuse to develop other systems, robotics, sensors, AI systems though.)

    Or like the movie “Europa Report”, we land a privately run rocket based mission and discover … beneath the ice.

  9. p on December 30, 2013 at 8:30 am

    Well, who else is gonna build the Mars lander? Your friendly neighborhood mom and pop spaceship-store?

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