Mr. G.B. shared this story about NASA's SLS booster system of rockets, and in the wake of the strange space news coming out, it's worth sharing here, especially as the news concerning space has seemed to emphasize the collateralization and commercialization model we've been exploring on this site, and especially as some countries (Japan in particular), have released stories concerning their plans to build solar-microwave powerplants based either in Earth orbit or on the Moon. Construction and maintenance of such platforms will require a heavy lift launch capability (If one is wedded to the idea of the latest chemical and pump updates to ancient Chinese rocket technology), and that will require boosters.
Here's the story, and note as one scrolls down the article the comparison graph of the two new launch vehicles on the left, comparing the new rockets to Apollo's old Saturn V and the Space Shuttle system:
Now, for those who do not think there is any hidden or secret technology, much less a full-blown hidden "secret space program," the announcement will come as corroboration: after all, why bother building and testing such massive rockets if in fact other more viable and practical propulsion technologies exist? The argument is a simple one and formost people, a compelling one. Yet, it only works by dismissing or ignoring a growing body of evidence that something is amiss with the global Rocket Theater.
On the other side of this equation, for those who think there is such a capability, howsoever rudimentary and secret it may be, the story will be seen as more of the same theater that we were treated to during the 1950s-1970s. For my own part, I adhere to this second school of thought, and that for a very simple set of reasons.
We may begin by pointing out - yet again - that NASA's own study, commissioned in the 1950s, and known popularly as The Brookings Report, made clear and explicit reference to the development of technologies under way in its day that would spell the end of the chemical rocket, specifically, various forms of fusion engines, ion propulsion, and, most significantly, something it referred to as "magneto-hyrdo-dynamic drives," a reference, perhaps, to the work of T.T. Brown and others. Brown is, of course, the darling of both camps, for the first portrays him as an eccentric crank, and the second as an unsung genius. What cannot be gainsaid is that Mr. Paul Schatzkin, whose work I reference in Covert Wars and the Clash of Civilizations, has made a good prima facie case that Brown was neither, and that he was involved in black projects research.
A more sobering account of the situation was gathered together in an excellent study by Dr. Paul LaViolette, in his book Secrets of Antigravity Propulsion: Tesla, UFOs, and Classified Aerospace Technology(available through my website's webstore, incidentally). Any attempt to review this thoroughly-researched and detailed and well-argued book would be impossible here, but it's worth pointing out its thirteenth chapter, titled "Black Hole Discovered at NASA." But for that part of the story, we'll have to wait until tomorrow...
See you on the flip side...