I have to admit, when many of you sent me this story, I was intrigued, because the whole subject of the Black Knight satellite is one of those stories that does not get much attention, but whose significance, if true, is baffling indeed. For those who don't know this bit of contemporary mythology, a brief "bring-me-up-to-speed" might be in order.

During the 1950s, as the space race between the USSR and USA was heating up, a mythology began to appear: there was, it was alleged, an object  - some versions of the story put it at an approximate weight of fifteen tons, well beyond the publicly known launch capabilities either of the Soviet Union or the United States - was in polar orbit around planet Earth. This object was clearly artificial, and moreover, there were two problems: (1) fifteen tons well exceeded the launch capabilities of either the USSR(which at that time clearly led the USA in public and visible space technologies), and (2) the object was in a polar orbit, which exceeded the technological capabilities of either nation to achieve. Indeed, at its first discovery, the object exceeded the launch capabilities of either nation to put into any kind of orbit, much less a polar one. This, of course, presented a conundrum, for if the story was true, then this left but two real possibilities: someone else from or on Earth had launched it (leaving the questions of who, when, and how hovering disturbingly over the story), or the object was not from Earth at all. Either way, one had a "hidden player" on the space scene. Dubbed "The Black Knight" satellite, the story became part of the fringe lore of the space age, informing to some extent the science fiction work of well-known and engaging sci-fi author Philip K. Dick.  Then the story more or less faded, kept alive on the edges of the science fiction and space-age "alternative research" communities, but by and large forgotten even to many of them.

Until now, when, curiously, the story has made something of a come-back, prompting once again the question "why now"?

Black Knight Satellite Interest Mysteriously Increasing

As this article makes clear, there is a mystery here, and it won't go away:

"In 1899, Nikola Tesla picked up unusual signals from an unknown source on his high-voltage receiver in Colorado Springs which he speculated were “intelligently controlled signals” that originated “from another world.” Astronomers have reported picking up similar radio signals since the 1930s and Dr. Lincoln La Paz of the University of New Mexico sighted the possible source in Earth orbit in1953. The U.S. Department of Defense commissioned astronomer Clyde Tombaugh to look for it. A famous article about the Black Knight was published in both the St. Louis Dispatch and The San Francisco Examiner on May 14th 1954. At that time, there were no man-made objects in Earth orbit … that we know of.

"That changed in 1957 when the USSR launched Sputnik 1. It was reported that an object believed to be the Black Knight Satellite was “shadowing” Sputnik 1. When Sputnik 2 was launched a month later, Dr. Luis Corralos of the Communications Ministry in Venezuela photographed it again shadowing the satellite. In 1960, a Grumman Aircraft Corporation tracking camera took a picture of it but the company kept its findings secret. In 1963, U.S. astronaut Gordon Cooper reported seeing a UFO like the Black Knight in front of his capsule. A photo taken during a space shuttle mission in 1998 (seen in the videos) shows an object many believe is the Black Knight and a 2014 video feed from the ISS shows a similar object."

And there's more curiosity about the object, including its strange association to sci-fi author Philip K. Dick:

The Black Knight Satellite, Bracewell Probes, and Philip K. Dick

As the second article makes even more clear, there was an abundance of strange stuff associated with the satellite:

"On September 3, 1960, a camera at the Grumman Aircraft Corp. Long Island factory managed to capture an image of the object.  It was said to be a redish-pink glowing object moving in an east-to-west orbit, which is, apparently, the opposite of most other man-made satellites, and which doesn’t fit the polar orbit reported by Time.  Subsequent to this, astronaut Gordon Cooper Jr. allegedly caught a first-hand glimpse of the object during his 22-orbit Mercury-Atlas 9 flight, which was the final of the Mercury Program missions.  Cooper claimed that it was an object much larger than any other man-made satellite of the time, and that it glowed a neon green.

"Cooper, who passed away in 2004, had long been sympathetic to the UFOlogy movement and had been vocal about not only the reality of extraterrestrial life, but also the idea that the US government had been and continues to be complicit in a cover-up of contact with such.

"Then in 1998, during NASA mission STS-88 to the ISS, flown by the Space Shuttle Endeavour, images were captured of an unidentified object in orbit; an object that a great many people believe is the ever elusive Black Knight satellite.

"Following Time’s publication, John Keel detailed the discovery in his book Disneyland of the Gods (1988), wherein he noted that around the same time that Dark Fence detected this mysterious object, ground based HAM operators were reporting having received strange radio signals.  According to Keel, one such HAM operator received and decoded a signal and claimed that the message corresponded to a star chart, plotted from Earth 13,000 years ago, and focused on a star system called Epsilon Boötis…and this is where things get really interesting."

What is to be noted here is that both Venezuelan and American scientists (and one can only presume, the Russians as well), took photographs of the satellite, which are to this day been kept secret, or at least, never surfaced.

But there's more, and it's here our own high octane speculations enter the picture. Consider the end of the second article:

"Here’s the thing about all of this.  The above may seem like a lot of conjecture and supposition, and perhaps some of it is – surely it’s a stretch to say that Philip K. Dick was a harbinger of tidings from an alien species using a Bracewell probe – but many of the facts are confirmed.  Black Knight does seem to exist, and while noting that certain governments do have a penchant for secret technology and clandestine operations, its origin and purpose seems to defy explanation.  If we are able to accept the stories and theories held therein, and the, at times tenuous, connections between them, can we accept that there’s a 13,000 year old alien probe orbiting our planet, sending literary inspiration to select people via the gold necklaces of attractive delivery people?"

There's two assumptions here that deserve attention, the first being that the Black Knight satellite - if real - has been around for 13,000 years, and that it is "from elsewhere," and the second is the implicit assumption that it's still up there. And underlying this, another story: why the attention back on to this bit of Cold War space mythology now, and precisely during a period over the last two months that have seen such strange space news stories? In other words, why is the Black Knight back now?

It is interesting to note that the American Space shuttle had payload to polar orbit launch capacity of about 14 tons, and payload recovery capability of about 16 tons(see Wikipedia Space Shuttle). In other words, depending on the physical volume of the Black Knight satellite, it is conceivable that the object might have been recovered and returned to Earth during one of the classified missions of the shuttle. This, of course, raises the stakes about the story considerably, for if this be the case, then rest assured that satellite - if indeed it ever existed (and I am inclined to believe it did) - then its origins are now probably well known, and whatever secrets it may have held might be unravelling, at least in secret.

So why is the Black Knight back now? I strongly suspect that it's back because it forms a part of whatever strategy the powers that be might be concocting concerning the dreaded "D" word: "disclosure." Here, permit me to remain skeptical, for the powers-that-be are well-known to be consummate liars, and whatever information they might disclose concerning this mysterious object - if they disclose at all - will have to be subject to the procedures of verification, including independent verification of its actual physical composition. And the real question hovering over the story is, of course, why it is back now?

See you on the flip side...

(Thanks to Mr. S.D. and others of you who shared these stories)

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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. Solfeggio on March 2, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Have people read Ingo Swann’s book, ” Penetration?” Among other ideas Swann described often was the notion of “powers” wanting to thwart innate human psychic functions, since that would be a threat to said “powers”, which he alluded to as moon based. It would be interesting if the signals various people were picking up were part of a frequency jamming operation along those electromagnetic frequencies that might inhibit remote viewing, or other consciousness based abilities.

    The polar orbit is interesting also in conjunction with Admiral Byrds’s polar trips– he seems to be involved in both poles. (And is it me, or is it always our US Naval secret services that seem to be “point” on all the high octane stuff. Recall the Navy’s Intel burned their JFK records and never cooperated to this day. The naval area was also conveniently targeted at the Pentagon– you can see them as victim or perhaps more likely, as perps just as the offices in the towers that were “hit by a plane” we’re also conveniently all the same companies, etc. anyway, taking into account the Nazi’s exit plan involved their “navy” which was to establish an impenetrable fortress far off, with many speculating Antarctica. Joseph throws out the Antarctic ideas because he said you would need lots of power. But submarines and nuclear reactors would do just fine, no?

    Von Braun liked Antarctica, maybe to get moon rocks, but isn’t be a rocket guy? Maybe he was going to launch a polar satellite. Since we know they have electro-gravitics by that point, I hardly think we can entertain what our weight-to-launch capabilities are since I assume much satellite technology is extremek classified, especially over the poles where ICBMs were going to B-Line that way for their targets.

    Remember Ice Station Zebra? Good movie. Poles and subs seem like marvelous companions. Antarctica is truly a mystery. Is it not the only continent that is militarized completely, with exceptions for “scientific research of the high octane variety”?

    The Black Knight could be in the news now for the same reason much ufo stuff is, to veil our weaponize space program, which is probably becoming very important in these diabolical times and our deteriorated relations with Putin.

    Ever since that strange meteor hit the Urals, which looked more like a weapons test/demonstration, I have worried about our space program.

    By the way, I really believe Apollo was hoaxed, which makes me wonder why Ingo didn’t even mention those notions in his book Penetration which was about our overlords in the moon.

    Could Voyager be also an electro-gravity device, since according to Pasadena’s Jet Propulsion lab, they are still touting they are in communication with both of the craft. They supposedly use Plutonium pellets for power. An supposedly, the computing power they run in is like more basic than an Casio watch from the 80s.

    Yet we marvelously aw able to visit all of our wonderful solar system destinations with wonderful photography! We never see the moon though, despite a billion Mars rovers — dubious in how they claim they land by the way — but we can’t put a 4K GoPro on the moon! Oh, and they came out and said the moon landing area is protected territory and cannot be approached, and as Ingo mentions, we never see our lovely Sea of Tranquility on any of our refracting telescopes, nor our Hubble telescope. Awe, what a shame!

    And to all who say we went, but just not in the Saturn V – which Von Braun himself said couldn’t do the job — one would have to tackle the spacesuit issues, the size of the LEM, the Van Allen belts that fry anything above our Earth safety net, and on and on. Did I mention all our scientific data, pictures, film, telemetry data, and everything was destroyed or missing? And this includes every subcontractor. So if you want to ask Boeing to see the blueprins for the Rover, or another company for the spacesuits, the landing module, etc– all destroyed and/or missing!

    Wouldn’t that be Nobel prize winning stuff! Wouldn’t we be proud of our Amercan engineering? Wouldn’t we be teaching and passing along this material in MIT engineering classes? No.

    There is a reason why Arthur C Clarke has a famous tag line from his epic novel series. “I see stars.” And that first question at the weird press conference with Neil and Buzz after they came back, recall the British chap who asked the pointed two part question, including if they could see stars. You think that guy might have been a little soviet pet?

    I digress… Well since it is called the Bkack Knight, I will just default to my answer for everything. It has something to do with the Templars. Everything gets back to them in some weird way.

    Anyone hear the theory that Zionism sprang forth from the Teutonic Knights? I missed the last web chst but watched it, and I noticed Joseph answered the questions about 911 in his curious way. He rules out nukes? Why, out of curiosity? How much does anyone know hear what our latest nuclear tech (4th gen) is like, and a nuclear event does not rule out Judy Wood’s stated theory (she doesn’t have a theory, I know) does not exclude some of our advanced nuclear technology. In fact, she almost supports that theory, but then it just becomes about splitting atomic hairs. Those towers were incinerated, and it might have been a sub rosa way to demonstrate a new weapon, perhaps as a deterrent to the Soviets at the time. “Look what toy we have.” And it might be a new innovation but either way, tall buildings of that kind are “designed with explosive take down measures,” whatever that may be. Something if that magnitude would have to be tested, and so on, so I don’t think it “surprised us.” It was what they said it was, a new pear harbor event, and my money is on the London Bastards who used Mossad who used a light coating of Saudi on top. So yes, one must bring up Israel, but in context.

    Bibi is a shill for London. The neocons are just that part of our government that are “knighted” you might say.
    They are desperate right now because all the world has woken up.

  2. HAL838 on February 28, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Dick seems to be pretty prescient…
    …or something.

    • HAL838 on February 28, 2015 at 10:58 am

      I have and have read,
      an interesting book entitled, “Sputnik,”
      by [hhmm] Paul Dickson.

      I love “Time.”

      The star map is not to say where ‘they’ went,
      but where ‘they’ are going.

      [umm] Which NOW ?

      Fascism, in which you can’t tell the difference between
      government and big, monopolistic business?
      Mussolini’s “corporatism,” in which business pulls along
      Communism, in which government fools everyone that it is government pulling along business?

    • Robert Barricklow on February 28, 2015 at 11:42 am

      If you have not read his, Flow My Tears, The Policeman Said,…
      “Make It So”[Picard].

      In checking that Sputnik book, it seems the author didn’t get the dates quite right[time?].
      But that brushes aside the point…
      it was a MAJOR event.

      Always good to “see” your presence[in present time]…

      • HAL838 on March 2, 2015 at 6:55 am

        Thank you.
        Would you mind correcting the dates then?
        I was only 10 years old.
        If I look it up, I’ll find a million entries
        and probably nearly as many dates.
        Thanks again.

        Nice to know that you’ve read it:)

        • Robert Barricklow on March 2, 2015 at 10:25 am

          Actually I got that from the amazon reviewers of the book. I assumed they had the dates right when questioning the author’s dates in various parts of the book.

  3. Guygrr on February 23, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Coincidently last week a film adaptation of VALIS called Radio Free Albemuth was released on Netflix. Amazon is currently making a show about Phillip K. Dick’s novel where the nazi’s won the war. They are definitely up to something, just like in the VALIS movie they are using his fiction to steer the public perception.

    • marcos toledo on February 23, 2015 at 8:24 pm

      The Man In The High Castle is the name of the novel. A UK take on the same idea was a television mini-series titled A Englishman Castle came out about the late sixties or mid seventies of the last century.

      • Robert Barricklow on February 23, 2015 at 10:59 pm

        I read this book, mainly because it got the nebula award I believe. The story wasn’t, in my opinion, near some of his best work.
        At the top of my list is his electric sheep & flow my tears.
        I just finished Gun Street Girl[a new Detective Sean Duffy Novel] & it referred to flow my tears novel in it’s titled petulant chapter.

        • marcos toledo on February 24, 2015 at 1:57 am

          I felt the same way when I read this novel but over the years as I thought of it . I have come to realize the genus of it and what long occupation would be like. I like you thought it would be like The Sound Of His Horn kicky sex hunting down people with young boys who eat their prey alive and raw and who are like the women hunted as prey naked from the waist on down. It is more understated in it’s horror and terrifying real as a story.

          • Robert Barricklow on February 24, 2015 at 9:06 am

            That is the frame from which I read it; as we are, in a sense, In OCCUPIED Territory.
            My beef, was that it was NOT stark enough in its portrayal. I wanted An Invasion of the Body Snatches in-your-face[once you become awake!] realization;
            …with a startling, slamming the reader to the mat, climax.

  4. old97polarcat on February 23, 2015 at 7:25 am

    If you are the PTB and you see clear signs breaking out all over that the embargo is slipping out of your control, not because you are changing it, but because the other party — ET — is changing its behavior. All of a sudden, the collective nonhuman “community” is making increasingly blatant shows of its existence overhead? What do you do? You turn a crisis into an opportunity. My speculation is that all over the world spooks and DoDs are furiously working to come up with a plan to deal with the aftermath, not of earthside disclosure, but nonhuman-side disclosure.

  5. Khobe on February 22, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Some have found the simplest way to contact UFO intelligences, just ask, request or summon a meeting of sort. It seems we could be obliged.

  6. WalkingDead on February 22, 2015 at 5:53 pm

    If it is indeed an artificial satellite, it is either out of power by now, or using communication techniques we haven’t developed yet; otherwise, we would have been able to pick up signals from it by now. There are rumors of it having been unlocatable at times for varying lengths of time, not sure if these are true or not. From the pictures I’ve seen of it, it could just as easily be a small spacecraft capable of traveling who knows where. 15 tons is no small object, depending on what it’s made of.
    The shuttle crews were able to take pictures of it, I believe; which means it was close enough the shuttle could have been capable of capturing it. Whether or not it would fit in the cargo bay or if they ever tried is a mystery.
    You would think that a large number of amateur sky watchers would have seen it as some point, unless the black surface is not reflective.
    If they were truly worried about “national security” or even “global security” from some alien threat, one would think a priority would have been getting our hands on this unknown satellite for a much closer look. Since no attempt has been made to either capture or destroy it, another possibility is that someone knows what it is and why its there.

    • ShiningBrow on February 22, 2015 at 10:11 pm

      Maybe they’ve tried capturing such things before – and it didn’t work out so well 🙁

  7. Horizon on February 22, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    In this article: , Dr Farrell was raising the possibility of a nazi satellite.

    I have a question: could one of the A2 or A4 have been launched into earth orbit by ‘mistake’ near the end of the war?

    • JAFO on February 22, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      “I have a question: could one of the A2 or A4 have been launched into earth orbit by ‘mistake’ near the end of the war?”

      No.. not even accidentally. They had nowhere near enough delta-v to achieve a stable orbit, let alone a polar orbit.

  8. observerone on February 22, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    So, does this have anything to do with those beams of light from the explosion (Michigan?) and the other beams around the world in the last few months?

  9. DownunderET on February 22, 2015 at 12:59 pm

    I have to admit that the “amount” of space news is now on a galactic level, but who’s behind all this news from different sources?
    If the Black Knight has been around for a long time, then as Joseph says, why now? With all the high faluton space junk, probes and telescopes, it seems unlikely that some amateur guy with a simple telescope can’t see this damn thing. And look at the name, Black Knight, only Hollywood could do a better job with a name. So in essence, I call this one wind, with all the other space news, and so let’s just wait till Klaatu and Gort land in Washington D.C. and then we can chew the fat over our space cousins.

  10. marcos toledo on February 22, 2015 at 10:50 am

    There have been stories of mysterious satellites orbiting earth that I read about since last century at least. One is of a unknown satellite retransmitting a signal from a Texas television station that had cease broadcasting years before. If this story is true we have at least two possible answers either this a relic from a former advanced Earth civilization or a extraterrestrial probe sent to communicate with us. And our oligarchs our only now admitting to it and other black satellites orbiting this planet.

  11. moxie on February 22, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Since earth conditions have been changing, could they also be obfuscating data by deliberately and literally altering the weather (among other things)? If they’re able to put a date on it means either they have captured it or have confirmed it through ancient sources.
    Disclosure has not been and isn’t going to be official. It would just be self evident, believe what you will kind of thing. The build up to that announcement is a microdrip though. I imagine it will be “there are others and they could be hostile” (just like the russians, the “tyrants” and WMDs in the mid. East).. no chance for us to think otherwise

    • ShiningBrow on February 22, 2015 at 10:07 pm

      The 13,000 years old bit comes from a couple of different sources of ‘information’ and interpretation – starting with signals detected by Tesla et. al. in the 1920’s, and then getting interpreted in the 1970’s.

      Apparently, it’s some serious interpretation … and inaccurate as well 🙁

      See especially towards the lower 2/3 section – “Extra-Terrestrial Interpretations”.

  12. Robert Barricklow on February 22, 2015 at 9:44 am

    I just don’t see this as a seeded alien instrument engineered as an eye-in-the-sky. There is too much that patterns them to us, & us to them. Although I appreciate the alleged connection to us being engineered, in part, by the Gods. Perhaps “they” are checking on their properties & the assigned stewards of such properties[the power gene kicks-in to in-absentia function?] But the evidence is too purposed & too leading from my perspective. A terrestrial, or a local connection to ancient wars within “our” solar system? An artifact, whose been captured & reengineered?
    A purposed puzzle/piece? Implying a connection of some sort?

  13. Aridzonan_13 on February 22, 2015 at 6:40 am

    If indeed the Black Knight satellite is 13k years old, then it could be of Atlantean origin and or a collaboration with some Off World Civ. My guess is that Disclosure is upon us and the PTB harvested the planet in preparation for this event. And are prepped to go off world, if for no other reason then to escape justice. We stand in the doorway of discovering just how much we don’t know. Thank God for all the hi octane speculation that has let a little bit of that knowledge in..

  14. Sophia on February 22, 2015 at 6:17 am

    We should also consider the applications of the polar orbit vis-a-vis the alleged 1950’s time frame: Other than surveillance of secret Arctic and/or Antarctic installations, or communications with them, what other uses would there be for a satellite in polar orbit? An INFO OP by the breakaway civilization? DARPA-like concept demonstrator?

    Also, for the shuttle to have bagged the Black Knight (or visited it), the satellite would have had to have been in low earth orbit, unless the shuttle had some seriously classified altitude capability.

    The non-terrestial origin hypothesis is intruiging. What better way to make contact with a future alien civilization that sort of doesn’t violate the Prime Directive and cause that civlization to collapse a la Brookings Report? For a civilization to detect a Black Knight, it must be close to the Space Age. Seed a bunch of these B.Kn.’s in polar orbit around planets in the Goldilocks zone of their stars and put them into polar orbit. As natural moons tend to NOT be at 90 deg inclination, a B.Kn. would be a rather curious object. On the verge of the Space Age, the civilization would logically be beginning to consider the question that it was not alone in the universe. The several decades + needed to develop the technology to visit the black knight would permit a slow, non-traumatic transition to such a realization.

    Alternatively, this story could be an INFO OP / psyop to provoke consideration of such questions. Or it could just be myth. Interesting, though, that the story emphasizes the increase in interest in Black Knight. I never detected any such renewed interest other than these articles themselves, which does make one wonder as to the ultimate source of the information.

    • JAFO on February 22, 2015 at 7:31 pm

      “Other than surveillance of secret Arctic and/or Antarctic installations, or communications with them, what other uses would there be for a satellite in polar orbit?”

      The beauty of polar orbits is that, as the Earth rotates under it, at some point, the satellite will pass directly over EVERY point on Earth. From an observation/surveillance/surveying perspective, this makes it much more useful than an equatorial or even an inclined orbit.

      • WalkingDead on February 23, 2015 at 11:45 am

        If you are monitoring a quarantined planet for evidence of technological development or monitoring it for population statistics, a polar orbit makes perfect sense…

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