Speaking of Russia, you may or may not be aware that it has its own version of the problem-plagued "Hubble telescope" called the Spektr-R satellite, over which it has recently lost control, according to this article shared by Mr. G.C.:

Russia loses control over its ONLY ‘Hubble-like’ telescope, but photos are still coming

This article grabbed my attention, not so much for what the article says, but because of the speculation that Mr. G.C. offered in conjunction with it when he shared this story, and that speculation made me sit up and take notice. According to the article, the Russian space agency Roscosmos has lost the ability to control its satellite telescope, which nevertheless continues to send back pictures:

Russia has lost control over its scientific space satellite, Spektr-R, which has one of the largest space telescopes ever sent into orbit. Ground control said it is “still alive,” however, and continues to send photos from space.

It’s been several days since Spektr-R, also known as RadioAstron, stopped responding to commands from the ground in the middle of its space flight, Russian scientists said. Last Thursday, communication between mission control and the space telescope failed, and several other attempts to revive the radio link have proven unsuccessful.

Incredibly, the Spektr-R kept sending data back to Earth, however, which added a bit of intrigue to the incident. “There is still hope – the satellite is indeed alive,” Yuri Kovalev, head of RadioAstron program, wrote on Facebook.

Dubbed the 'Russian Hubble' by the media, Spektr-R is part of a small club of scientific instruments that enjoy the luxury of observing deep space without the interference of the Earth’s atmosphere. Unlike its predecessor from the 90s, however, the Russian telescope detects radio frequencies, not visible light. While its output may not be immediately stunning to the public, it is crucial for cutting-edge scientific discoveries, enabling researchers to study objects not visible or as clear to the 'naked eye,' such as black holes, neutron stars, pulsars and astrophysical masers. Spektr-R excelled at such observations, breaking several records in angular resolution during its mission. (Emphasis added)

Astrophysical masers? Now, I'm not an astrophysicist, but I imagine that there can be certain kinds of natural phenomena that could be considered "astrophysical masers." (Masers are like lasers, but they operate in the radar and microwave end of the spectrum). But, of course, the language could also cover the possibility that "someone out there" is "building masers", for typically, masers are constructed things.  If one wants to let the imagination run wild, one could even envision using an entire star's microwave emissions as the pumping source for the optical cavity of a large artificial maser. That would, of course, be a very large, and deadly, microwave oven. But hey, it would be useful for starting large fires in places where you need to pick up real estate on the cheap. But all that's a digression from my main concern and high octane speculation of the day.

There have been a host of problems surrounding these space-based telescopes, and America's Hubble has been no exception. But Mr. G.C. speculates that behind the language of "we simply lost control" that seems to accompany these incidents, that something else may be going on, that "control" is being lost because someone is interfering with these telescopes, and literally wresting control away from the owners of the satellites, in this case, Russia. After all, cyber systems are notoriously insecure, and one presumes that if hackers can hack into major banks, Sony, the Federal Reserve, and all the other hacking stories we've seen lately, that one could also hack into satellite networks. If so, that raises the stakes considerably, for it would imply that "someone" does not want those satellite telescopes to remain under the control of the nations that launch them. And to extend this high octane speculation a bit, it would make sense: let those nations (and their taxpayers) pay for sophisticated satellite telescopes, and then literally steal them. And of course, there's another implication, for if one did successfully wrest control away from the nations putting them up there, then presumably one could also control what information those nations are allowed to see from there satellites.

If all that sounds wild and woolly, that's because it is. But I cannot help but think of that episode a few years ago when a Russian and an American satellite in orbit collided with each other, with both nations denying they had any responsibility for the incident. Now, of course, one or the other, or both, could be lying. But then again, they could be telling the truth. And that would mean that someone else took control of them, and collided them... a kind of "demonstration of capability." If so, then that would mean there are other players, and they may not be the usual suspects (China, India, Japan, France, Germany &c), but perhaps extra-territorial actors, or even "someone else."

See you on the flip side...

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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. goshawks on January 17, 2019 at 10:04 pm

    The Spektr-R (also known as RadioAstron) satellite is not a ‘Hubble-like’ telescope, except in volume. It is a (10-meter) radio telescope, not primarily a visible-light telescope like Hubble. It is also in a high apogee orbit around the Earth, rather than circular-orbit like Hubble.. “The aim of the mission is to use the space telescope to conduct interferometer observations in conjunction with the global ground radio telescope network in order to obtain images, coordinates, motions and evolution of angular structure of different radio-emitting objects in the Universe with extraordinarily-high angular resolution.”

    It sounds very international in use:
    “The RadioAstron satellite was combined with the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia, the Very Large Array in New Mexico, the Effelsberg Telescope in Germany, and the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico. Signals received by the orbiting radio telescope were transmitted to an antenna in Green Bank where they were recorded and then sent over the internet to Russia where they were combined with the data received by the ground-based radio telescopes to form the high resolution image of 3C 273.”

    Since it was launched into Earth orbit on 18 July 2011, it has had time to develop electrical faults, especially with an original apogee of 390,000 km (240,000 mi) and, as of 2018, an orbit with a perigee of 57,000 km (35,000 mi) and an apogee of 320,000 km (200,000 mi). This puts it in-harm’s-way, radiation-wise. Electronics do not like radiation.

    So, I suspect – if the Russian controllers do not invent a work-around – one more spacecraft has succumbed to the harsh environment of space. Sad…

  2. gizadeathstarcommentator on January 17, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    We will become aware of it when it reaches its perihelion.
    It will blot out the star field behind it – Taurus
    It will happen in early Spring
    Learn to pray.

  3. Robert Barricklow on January 17, 2019 at 7:20 pm

    The 21st Century has put information warfare on psychotropic steroids. Information continues being corrupted from platform to platform; from the microscopic to beyond the stars.
    These extra-territorial players are certainly adept in technologies and deception. Other governments now are guardedly looking into the abyss, to have measures in place before the information become corrupted. Unfortunately, security as currently engineered has absolutely collapsed. Since security is the foundation of all other services & critical to all financial transactions; it is the most basic & indispensable component to ANY information technology. Also, this commercialization of information where products are free; yet, in reality, are not products, and they’re not in business, even if they do extort money from so-called advertisers.
    Thus, if security is not integral to an information technology architecture – that architecture must be replaced. But, is it purposely bein engineered toward a telos, a predestined end? Problem ,reaction, solution/blockchain?

  4. marcos toledo on January 17, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Anyone what to bet who the real masters of our solar system. I am doubting it’s our official governments and fear how long these shadowmasters have been in control.

  5. Westcoaster on January 17, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Speaking of space telescopes, Linda Moulton Howe has an interesting intel on how the Hubble came to be.
    Another NRO Secret: Keyhole Reconnaissance Spacecraft.
    One Became the Hubble Telescope:
    (Scroll down the page once you hit the link)

  6. NYMZA Flugzeug on January 17, 2019 at 2:10 pm

    That’s one heck of a pump…

  7. WalkingDead on January 17, 2019 at 8:47 am

    This has me thinking of a certain “space plane” and it’s long, secret missions. Something I’m sure the Russians kept an eye on.

  8. guitardave on January 17, 2019 at 5:43 am

    Just speculating, but it would be a good cover story for ‘accidentally’ flipping that rig over and taking a few ‘pics’ ….say, maybe of that underwater real estate west of q-baa our friend DJ speaks of…?? ….and other cold places, too?

  9. anakephalaiosis on January 17, 2019 at 5:38 am

    Patristic exegesis.
    Anagogical level is Chora
    coming into being.

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