Cosmic Warfare


This important bit of space news was shared by Mr. S.D., and I'll bet you didn't see it on the American media. Indeed, this story, coming from the U.K.'s Daily Mail, is yet another indicator that something strange is afoot in space matters, for it appears within the same time frame as announcements of Russo-American space cooperation. Yet, as this article also avers, Russia is also competing directly with the USA in a new space race to Mars. Here's the story:

Putin's £3.5billion race to make it to space: First pictures inside huge Siberian cosmodrome from where Russia hopes to beat the US to Mars

Most likely the reader will be struck, as I was, by the sheer scale of Russia's new cosmodrome. Indeed, the references in the article to Stalin's vast infrastructure development projects recalls a typical Russian theme: the obsession with the gigantic, and the attempt to manage everything centrally through the mechanism of the surveillance state. At the minimum, it represents Russia's determination to remain a significant space power, for the Kremlin well knows that space will increasing be a major, if not the principal, measure of great power status in the coming decades.

But the gigantic new cosmodrome raises certain interesting questions and prompts a great deal of our trademark high octane speculation, not the least of which is that the sheer scale and cost of such an enterprise, merely to launch conventional rockets, would seem to be a strong contra-indicator to any idea of a secret space program utilizing hidden technologies and exotic propulsion systems. Why build such a vast complex, if indeed such technologies are anywhere close to practical deployment? I have no easy answer to this conundrum, other than to point out that some of the pictures in the article depicting launch gantries would seem to be capable of doing double duty, namely, launching big chemical bottle rockets... or possibly something else.

There are, however, other indicators that maybe something strange is going on at the new cosmodrome. There are the usual stories, somewhat typical for Russia, of corruption, profit skimming, late paychecks, and missing money. And here's where the high octane speculation comes in. Russia's space program has suffered in recent years from a number of catastrophic failures. Recall only the Phobos-Grunt mission, a mission to the Martian moon Phobos, which was to land, conduct radar tomography, retrieve samples from the moon's surface, and return them to the Earth for analysis. The reader may recall that the probe failed shortly after launch, and that the whole affair was blame on faulty computer hardware. But the reader may also recall that one Russian general opined that the probe was sabotage by the USA, using sophisticated phased array radar to do the trick, an allusion that many thought referred to HAARP. (See my article on this topic here: INDIA, MARS, AND A SABOTAGED SPACE PROGRAM?) So at one level, the cost overruns and endless delays in completing the huge complex might be due to sabotage within the project. This seems unlikely, however, as the Russian government has not yet issued any clear and unambiguous statement that it suspects such.

Then there is yet another feature of the cosmodrome that indicates something might be going on of a covert nature, and that is the fact that an entire small city is being built at the complex. It is this feature that suggests a strong covert possibility for the complex, as similar complexes with self-contained cities were built for Russia's nuclear weapons program and other secret research. And this raises yet another possibility, namely, that the cost overruns, the missing money, might represent the Russian equivalent of black budget money, being syphoned from the project for something else.

The bottom line here is, that howsoever one parses the meaning of this facility and story, we are probably only looking at 20% of the truth; the rest is carefully being hidden. Moreover, it cannot be mere coincidence that the facility is so close to China. This is one that bears watching.

See you on the flip side...




  1. Wow, that’s some space center all right, just the size of it tells you that the Russians are very serious about space. The photos don’t show much, just buildings and launch pads. It also seems to be in a very “isolated” area, time will tell and maybe the Russians will come clean on this mega space colosseum, but I don’t think so.

    So just what do we have here, and don’t forget the Russians were quite happy for the photo’s to be seen, so let’s just say it’s a Russian show of technology, but it definitely isn’t a sideshow.

  2. Putin might have cut a good deal with China. Esp. With the last unmanned moon landing where they confirmed things. Things worth the “unlimited funding”. It’s about time for these others to get serious in space

  3. There is perhaps a cleverness in the western media’s latest meme of a “suffering Russia” at the hands of western sanctions and lower oil and gas prices – it plays into Putin’s machismo – causing the directorate to indulge in various “shows” of undaunted power that could further exacerbate Russia’s fiscal problems if those are real.

    The sideshow is aimed at a rerun of the bankrupting of Russia in the arms race of the 1980’s. The problem is that the main protagonist – the USA – is itself carrying such enormous debts that it cannot really afford to go toe to toe with anyone in any sort of one-upmanship that requires huge black hole type expenditures.

  4. Note how both the US and Russia are perpetuating the myth of a chemical rocket flight to Mars. There has been some chatter about alternative faster propulsion breakthroughs. However, no demonstrations of this “new” technology yet. So, therefore IMO there is still considerable cooperation in managing the world’s 99%(us). I also find it interesting there is massive sabre rattling over the Ukraine. But, then there is Russian / USA cooperation on a new space station? I find these mixed signals very interesting and thought provoking. The WWF model comes to mind.

  5. And so begins a new era of “mine is bigger than yours” projects from which all kinds of funds can be siphoned off from the public purse into private hands. The race to put people’s feet on such a hell hole as Mars had got to be one of the most ridiculous scams yet in light of far greater needs for deployment of fiscal resources here on the home planet. The real “space race” should be aimed at saving the space taken up by our life raft planet.

  6. Why was there no map showing where this new spaceport is located with this article. As for the use of students at this new cosmodrome what better way to train future workers and scientist for their space program thinking ahead. And tell what project either private or public that not riddled with corruption and cost over runs. As for this spaceport closeness to the Chinese boarder well think cooperation and pooling of resources between both these countries.

  7. If one looks to THE Technologies that can get ET home; one is looking at the Nazi black projects that were grafted into both the USA & USSR. If one then looks at the similarities of the: “you wear the black hat this go around; then will switch after the intermission”[fall of the USSR] intelligence theater for the benefit of those living in the “globalized-potemkin village”, the one begins to see a “deja-vu” hat trick. Now comes the Russians with a JFK launch to Mars race with the black-face Khrushchev. The key is not only the Nazi technologies, but their running the show like…
    well, like puppet-masters.

  8. This complex is freaking huge… how did this escape the news? I’m excited, I could see myself signing up to work on that project.

  9. How about a little contextual consideration here. By my reckoning this complex is a bargain considering it costs somewhere around 1/10 of the purported sum of circa 50 billion U.S. for the preparation and hosting the Sochi Winter Olympics.

    Suffice it to say this is their tip of the iceberg, a quasi 3D Potemkin Village fit for public consumption. Any guesses where their Area 51 might be located?

    1. I think Sakhalin island (just north of japan) is often mentioned as possibly being Russia’s “Area 51.”

      That’s why that Korean airliner was shot down during the Reagan administration: it was flying directly over the island (or, at least, was headed directly at it). The Russians tried everything they could think of (flying in front of the cockpit, firing warning shots, etc, but the pilots did not respond) before shooting the plane down.

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