THE FUTURE OF SPACE-BASED EXPERIMENTS

Every now and then I receive an article from an individual which, behind its bland rhetoric, might be implying much more sinister or more important things. Sometimes, it implies both. I believe this is one such article implying both important things, and potentially, sinister things, and want to thank Ms. P.H. for passing it along. When she did so, she included her own "high octane speculation" in a remark in her email, which we'll get back to, because I suspect she is on to something. But that something is one possibility among many possible "somethings" as we'll see.

The article itself reviews a recent conference in September of last year sponsored by Los Alamos Laboratories:

Assessing the Future of Space-Based Experiments

The first thing to notice are the actual sponsors of the event:

Last September, growing interest in a new generation of potential space experiments brought together 65 members of the active-experiments community for a workshop. Los Alamos National Laboratory’s Center for Nonlinear Studies and Center for Space and Earth Science sponsored this workshop, with the goal of assessing past accomplishments, reviewing lessons learned, and developing new ideas for future projects that conduct active experiments in space.

What caught my eye here was the conjunction of such specialized fields as non-linear physics and space and earth sciences. It is this conjunction which suggests a connection and correlation between the two. "Non-Linear" is a problem, because it means different things to different people. In its most basic sense, it can mean the simple difference between a straight line and a curve. Other senses can mean something that is non-sequential. For some, it is even akin to the phenomenon of entanglement, where information does not travel in a line, but "appears" in an entangled system. Yet again, for some, it indicates systems that contain geometric, rather than arithmetic, progression (which is, of course, closely aligned with the difference between straight lines and curves). Yet again, it can indicate the strange behavior of open or coupled systems, self-organizing systems, non-equilibrium thermodynamics, and the whole field of systems kinetics. Clearly, these more exotic senses of systems, coupled and open systems, complex systems, and perhaps even entanglement, are indicated by the Center for Non-Linear Studies' website reviewing its research emphases:

Current Focus Area

Clearly, the Center is interested in the relationship between information, materials, and complex systems both in and not in equilibrium. Which makes its sponsorship in conjunction with Space and Earth Science even more intriguing, for it would tend to indicate that they are thinking of spatial systems and planets in these terms. And let us remember, this is Los Alamos National Laboratory, and their ultimate purpose is, of course, advanced weaponry.

With that in mind, look at the list of what was discussed (and one must assume, much more was discussed, but this is only what they can say):

Attendees at the workshop discussed a number of important accomplishments from this period:

  • Active experiments stimulated critical work in basic plasma physics (waves, instabilities, structuring, transport) and spacecraft charging.
  • Barium and lithium releases elucidated the physics of plasma cloud dynamics, magnetic field modification, and auroral electric fields.
  • Electron beam experiments demonstrated long-distance beam propagation, beam excitation of plasma waves, and the physics of beam-plasma discharges.
  • Plasma jet experiments demonstrated plasma polarization effects and the propagation of plasma streams across magnetic fields.
  • The Starfish Prime experiment demonstrated the long lifetime (years) of an artificially produced radiation belt.
  • Ionospheric heater experiments stimulated the field of plasma turbulence and parametric instabilities research. (Emphases added)

Ms. P.H. wondered, in her email, "Are they acknowledging here that long-range coupling (low to high altitude, magnetosphere to ionosphere) is an active experiment?"  Well, that's certainly one implication, particularly of the last bullet point concerning ionospheric heater experiments in plasma turbulence and instabilities, for this suggests the deliberate creation within the ionosphere of regions, which by definition would have to be relatively large, which are unstable, and this might have coupling or possible resonance effects with other regions. It is planetary-scaled engineering.

What intrigued me about this list, however, was a very difference set of possibilities, both for deep space travel and thus for exotic propulsion technologies, and for weaponry. Look at that italicized list again, and out of context:

  • basic plasma physics: waves, instabilities, structuring, transport and spacecraft charging
  • magnetic field modification, electric fields
  • electron beams and long distance propagation
  • beam-plasma discharges
  • Plasma jets

Splicing these dots together, it appears to me, in my daily high octane speculation mode, that the focus is on the direction of high energy plasma by a variety of means: magnetic fields, contextual modification of the medium(the ionospheric heater experiments), and most importantly, by electron streams that are, in turn, being used to direct - i.e., to aim and point, or "target" - plasma jets. And note, the basic concepts could serve a dual purpose, both to precisely control plasmas of different sorts, for propulsion and for weaponization purposes. We are looking at an example how varying technologies and applications can emerge from the same underlying basic concepts. I suspect, strongly, that "electron streams" might indicate, for example, that free-electron lasers are being used as a kind of "guide channel" for powerful plasmas. If that makes no sense, then think of the laser as a boring machine, boring its way through rock, and clearing a channel for hot lava to move through the channel at very high velocities. The boring machine - or the laser - are there to steer and target that plasma, and also to keep it narrowly focused, and therefore, of great power. The uses of such conceptions for propulsion, or for that matter, strategic weaponry, are rather obvious. If one has difficulty imagining how this might be used as a weapon, then think of a hydrogen bomb exploding, but rather than have the explosion expanding in all directions, being rather directed through a channel, like our lava in the analogy above. In other words, one is pointing and aiming the explosion like a bullet, not buckshot.  And oh, did I mention, that while we're talking about asteroid mining, such a technology would be a very efficient means of drilling and boring for all those resources they want to mine, as well as a nifty way to get there, and bring those resources back, without the clumsy and expensive inefficiency of chemical rockets. Thinking even more out of the box, it might even be a possible technology to reduce those resources to plasma form, and then simply beam them back to the refining center where it is collected.

But whatever one makes of my high octane speculations about this conference, there are some things I am certain of: it was very important, we're not being told everything, and it was all about space - space propulsion, space security, and an entirely new generation of weapons. And it's this that convinces me, even more, that all the public talk about mining asteroids and going to Mars with chemical rockets is so much smoke and mirrors for public consumption. We need alternative technologies, and this conference tells me they're actively pursuing them.

See you on the flip side...

13 thoughts on “THE FUTURE OF SPACE-BASED EXPERIMENTS”

  1. Also how come no one mentioned the confirmed space force announcement in Trump’s recent (Jun. 18) speech right before a National Space Council meeting?

    “I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish a Space Force as the sixth branch of the armed forces“.

      1. The need to see if a space force is necessary will be confirmed by August so says Micheal Turner (R-Ohio) “The congressionally mandated report evaluating a Space Force to answer those questions is due in August,”.
        http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/06/20/trumps-space-force-pentagon-tackles-call-to-create-6th-military-branch.html

        Also noted in the article is the need for multiple approvals of bills by Congress.

        My interpretation of this is it could be a foreshadowing of future celestial events such as an unannounced small asteroid impact, or solar flare? Thus enhancing the perceived needs of such a space force, and the technology (including ionosphere/magnetosphere tech to defend against solar activity, or reestablish a “knocked out” magnetic field afterwards) outlined in these latest Los Alamos discussions.

  2. Also mentioned under the topic “Quantitative Biology: From Molecules to Cell Function” was Macromolecules – Dynamics at the Nano-Scale

    I’m going to take an alternative view and say you guys are thinking in too much of a “space cake” way, and mention that the weapons systems could be more akin to biological components unseen to the human eye, and working at the system level of human biology.

  3. marcos toledo

    Meanwhile, the dog and pony show the Orion command modules and it’s in quoits private spacecraft SpaceX, Blue Origins, Biglow. All funded by public money throw sand in the eyes of we who are paying who knows how much for this research.

    1. Lockheed Martin’s Orion command module is an incredible money-soak. It is basically a scaled-up Apollo capsule; no new engineering required. Still, LM is charging the gov’t multi-billions. From wikipedia:
      “For fiscal years 2006 through 2015, the Orion program had expended funding totaling $11.1 billion in nominal dollars. This is equivalent to $12.5 billion adjusting to 2016 dollars using the NASA New Start Inflation Indices. For 2016, the Orion program funding was enacted at $1,270M with an additional $4,532M planned for 2017 through 2021.”

      One might almost think that the program was a ‘storefront’, with the cash being diverted elsewhere…

  4. Robert Barricklow

    Of course, the ultimate goal of control lies within the space of your skull. Not only control it; but weaponize it. Self deceit, the germ that spawned intelligence; gives rise to:
    just how intelligent is intelligence?

    1. The X-Files, way back in 1998 (“Kill Switch”):
      Mulder and Scully locate an intermodal shipping container, full of state-of-the-art computer equipment. A woman warns them that a Defense Department satellite has just pinpointed the location of the container. They run for it, as a particle-beam shot from a defense satellite incinerates the container….

  5. anakephalaiosis

    I consider Euclidean space to be fundamental reality, from where perceived reality is constructed. Thus any given topos is circumscribed within framework of Euclidean space. It means, that any thought thinkable is product of Euclidean space.

    How to go about weaponizing Euclidean space, I would suggest implementing the Rune framework, that is a memory palace of incarnation. Instrumentation of “flesh tent” is acknowledgement of bio-machine as analogue computer.

    Ancients saw individual as little man, society as bigger man, and planetary object as greatest man. Runes provide this outlook. Micro-, meso-, and macrocosm.

  6. Los Alamos National Laboratory is the track I would run down. I remember reading in “Aviation Week & Space Technology” about all the gee-whiz weaponry under Reagan’s Star Wars program. Many were LANL-based…

    On that line, remember all the exotic particle-beam weapons. And remember how devilishly-difficult it was to produce beams that would ‘strike’ where/how you wanted them. And then remember that these ‘atmospheric’ problems apply whether aiming-up through our atmosphere or aiming-down through our atmosphere. Shake and pour…

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