This very interesting (at least, interesting to me, anyway) story was sent by Mr. V.T., and concerns the European Space Agency's launch of three satellites to study the earth's magnetic field:
OK, so what, big deal? The Europeans are studying ionospheric storms and effects on GPS satellites and the Earth's magnetic field.
Well, I told you that this is such "high octane speculation" that it's now so far out that that it's orbital speculation. I give full permission for anyone to say I might be just a few flies short of a Happy Meal, because I just might be. But nevertheless, since speculation is what we do here, I cannot help but speculate, so here goes:
Orbital Speculation One:
Europe, like the United States and a handful of other countries, is one of the few "countries"(since the EU isn't a "country) to have ionospheric heaters, like the USSA's celebrated and infamous HAARP facility (High Altitude Auroral Research Project). So much ink has been spilled over HAARP it's probably not necessary to rehearse it all here. Essentially, HAARP is a series of phased array radio antennae capable for focussing radio waves in the gigawatt range into the ionopshere, thus "heating" it for study. As its critics (Jean Manning, Dr. Nick Begich, and Jerry Smith among many others) speculated, the original patents for the device, from the 1980s, suggested to them(and to this author), more sinister purposes, since it was also proposed as a means of manipulating weather precisely through the creation of high and low pressure regions in the ionosphere, and there was similar speculation - in the original patents - that the device could be used to create regions of high concentrations of "relativist particles" that could be used as missile defense shields, in effect scrambling the electrical circuits of ICBMs. There was even speculation that such devices could, with enough energy and charge differential, could be used to create enormous and highly concentrated lightning strikes on targeted regions of the Earth's surface.
In Europe's case, a similar device of similar energy output exists in Norway, called EISCAT(and predictably, the nation with the biggest interest in the device is Germany). There was speculation that the so-called Norway spiral which occurred shortly after president Obama took office, and which appeared to have interferred with a Russian missile test in the Arctic, was induced by EISCAT as a part of an anti-missile system test.
Thus, one might speculate that Europe would launch such satellites might have a more covert purpose than simply to "study the Earth's magnetic field," for such devices, in use, would inevitably, it would seem, have some sort of planetary-scaled effect on the planet's magnetic field, at least locally if not regionally.
Orbital Speculation Two:
Over the years since CERN's LHC came online, I've speculated that it's enormous magnetic fields might just possibly have an observable effect locally, or perhaps even regionally, on the planet's magnetic field. Perhaps, stretching things a great deal, it might have some sort of resonance effect on the planetary field on the whole, and since that field is coupled with and touches the sun's magnetic field, perhaps even a small effect on that as well. If so, it would be critically important to be able to monitor such effects from and in space.
All of this leads me to suspect that there's more going on with these satellites than the ESA is telling us, and I suspect they constitute components of a grander scheme of "Data correlation" experiments with either EISCAT, CERN, or both at the same time.
See you on the flip side...