MEANWHILE, IN SPACE, RUSSIA AND CHINA UP THE ANTE…
Yesterday you'll recall that I blogged about the claims of Russian scientists - delivered in Geneva in a context rich with symbolism as if to underscore those claims - to have discovered a new means of the outright transmutation of any element into other elements, using processes that are biological in nature, and therefore, suggestively "alchemical" in nature. You'll recall that these scientists also made direct reference of the applicability of this technology to space, since it would allow ordinary raw materials to be "transmuted" into fuel for propulsion systems. This announcement was made, additionally, within the same time frame that the Russians made an announcement about a plasma engine for space propulsion, according to this article shared by Mr. J.H:
Russia to Create New Powerful Plasma Rocket Engine - Roscosmos
The plasma engine story is intriguing in an of itself, in that it appears to be a version of similar engines that have appeared in the West, with one exception: Russia's Roscosmos appears to be willing to invest in it, meaning that the Russians have tested the concept and that it appears to have enough promise to pursue more vigorously. The timing of the announcement, within a couple of months of the transmutation announcement in Geneva, however, suggests that Russia is orchestrating an campaign of such announcements, perhaps partly in conjunction to enhance its geopolitical status.
One of these announcements concerns new plans for joint Russo-Chinese Moon and Mars missions, and in this context, China is also making statements about commercial ventures on the Moon. We'll get to the latter in a moment, but here's the announcement about Chinese-Russian Mars cooperation(shared by Ms. M.W.):
Russia And China Discuss Joint Outer-Space Exploration, Moon And Even Mars
There is a significant statement in this article that grabbed my attention, and I hope it did yours as well:
Rogozin’s statement’s come less than a month after Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to Beijing. During that meeting the two sides inked a pact setting out the legal framework for protecting their rights to sensitive space technologies in joint projects like launch vehicles and rocket engines.
It's that phrase "sensitive space technologies in joint projects like launch vehicles and rocket engines" that caught my eye, for the implication is that this deal may have contained hidden or secret protocols for "sensitive space technologies" of a very different sort, such as space- and/or ground-based anti-satellite (ASAT) weapons, and weapons of a more offensive nature. We tend to take for granted - "since no one else is out there" - that joint missions to Mars, or the commercialization of the Moon or mining of asteroids, are all enterprises that will require the protection of those assets, and that implies, as I've argued previously, not only the inevitable militarization but weaponization of space. Thus, this statement may indicate yet another thing: namely, that Russia and China are coordinating their space-defense issues at a very high, and in a very detailed, way, including jurisdiction over "sensitive technologies."
Recall that in yesterday's blog I indicated that the Russian announcement of a transmutation technology was, in the Russian scientists' own estimation, a space-related technology, allowing the conversion of raw materials for fuels, such as might provide power to permanent human installations on the Moon. This makes it a competitor for being one of those "sensitive technologies" that Russia and China would indeed negotiate over. Additionally, I also suggested that this technology, with its huge potential implications for the issue of nuclear proliferation, would qualify it for careful controls and monitoring by the Russian government.
It is thus the timing of all these announcements that intrigues me, for it is as if the Russian government (and the Chinese) are inviting the West to "connect these two dots". If so, the result is a financial-geo-spatio--political earthquake, and yes, I'm willing to crawl way out onto the end of the twig of high octane speculation to suggest that this, too, may be a reason we have seen the abrupt geopolitical about-faces lately, from BREXIT, to Sultan Erdogan's sudden "turn to Russia", and Mr. Kerry's equally sudden trip to Moscow to patch things up.
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This is all good for the “new technology” crowd, but what fascinates me is the willingness to go back to the moon. The Chinese could do it, so could the Russians, AND India for that matter. This question has been around for ages of WHY haven’t we been back to the moon. The moon, in my opinion was “placed” there as an observation platform by “someone”, I mean it’s a front row seat to things going on, on Earth.
So if one stretches the mind AND considers the ramifications of exactly what’s on the moon, then it’s like rolling a grenade into a packed room. Whoever goes and discovers the secret of the moon will have a very large card to play…..DOWN HERE.
DownunderET, I agree that there are ‘non-obvious’ things about the Moon. Astrophysicists explain that the Moon has been moving-outward at inches a year (due to angular momentum exchange with Earth), and we just-happen to be seeing it – by accident of timing – in perfect Sun-covering distance from Earth. Possibly, but it is stretching the bounds for this to be taking place right during the time when humanity can look-up and speculate about this match-up…
I don’t think the Moon’s primary ‘mission’ was as an observation platform. You could accomplish the same thing with a satellite or an asteroid. A minor planet is a bit of an ‘overkill’ for that mission. I could see the Moon as a remnant of an ancient civilization that got ‘parked’ in orbit. Generation ship? Refugee ship? Almost-derelict Berserker (Saberhagen)?
I do believe that there is much more to our Moon than a battered pile of rock…
You nailed it with your last sentence.
Well for starters the moon regulates all sorts of things, from female menstrual cycles to spawning coral reefs, also chemical reactions. So, maybe no moon, no life on Earth?
While all this is well and good, it still seems to push the mainstream physics which is still flawed from the roots up. Ben Rich’s comments would seem to indicate the black world is operating on a more updated version of physics which still, as yet, hasn’t seen the light of day; and whoever is behind all these projects is content to let it remain dark.
This also seems to push the need to refuel spacecraft and the chemical rocket propulsion systems meme. There are spacecraft propulsion systems which require no fuel and little to no power to operate and can get us to Mars within ten days or less; one such engine was discussed during the Secret Space Conference by one of the speakers. One would think that the space programs would jump on such technology, yet there seems to be little to no interest in them.
Does this purposed ignorance, to leave the public-face of space-age technologies in the Dark Ages, speak of a kind of violence described as: Organized Forgetting?
The Chinese and Russians are doing it the right way pooling their resources and technologies. The plasma rocket idea isn’t that Chang-Diaz concept or is this a variant or parallel of his idea.
The space / disclosure of secret tech agenda has really been picking up steam. Levenda had an interview with Jimmy Church last week discussing his latest project. The conversation was very conservative and veiled, but if one is familiar with Tom Delonges interviews then the implied meaning becomes clear.
Still, on wonders how much water has flowed beneath the bridge of these new technologies…
before the public-ink made its debut?
Sort of like the civilian force as strong as the military force Obama stressed we needed in a speech while running for president? yeah, it already existed. db
Nazi International did everything to prevent any one else to claim space and did a jolly good job in the so called Western Nations that dumbded themselves down to stupid greedy psychopaths that wreck and ruin any one/thing for a buck.
In the end they do get competition. Hope the Chinese and Russian are up for it. Don’t suppose that “sensitive” information will get on a unsecured server so the Western Nations can have a peak any time soon.