This “Black Knight” has aroused great media interest since the late 1950s, and has become one of the most talked about space objects.
O̳r̳i̳g̳i̳n̳a̳l̳ly thought of as a Russian spy satellite, the Black Knight satellite has captured the interest of millions of people around the world. Here are the 20 most significant notes that suggest that such an a̳l̳i̳e̳n̳ satellite or craft could exist and be among us for thousands of years, in Earth orbit.
- According to monitoring agencies around the world, the Black Knight satellite has been transmitting radio signals for over 50 years.
- The United States and the Soviet Union have shown special interest in this “unidentified space object”.
- Rumor has it that Nikola Tesla was the first man to “intercept” a signal from the Black Knight satellite in 1899, after building a high voltage radio device in Colorado Springs.
- Since the 1930s, astronomers all over the world have reported strange radio signals supposedly coming from the “Black Knight”.
- In 1957, Dr. Luis Corralos, from the Ministry of Communications of Venezuela, photographed him while photographing Sputnik II passing through Caracas.
- The Black Knight story debuted in the media in the 1940s, when the St. Louis Dispatch and The San Francisco Examiner wrote about the “Satellite” on May 14, 1954.
- Time magazine wrote about the Black Knight satellite on March 7, 1960.
- In 1957, an unknown “object” was seen “shadowing” the Sputnik 1 spacecraft. The “unidentified object” would be in polar orbit.
- Neither the United States nor the Russians had the technology to maintain a spacecraft in polar orbit.
- The first polar orbiting satellite was launched in 1960.
- Polar orbits are often used for Earth mapping, Earth observation, capturing the Earth over time from a point, and reconnaissance satellites. This would place the Black Knight in the Observation Satellite category.
- In the 1960s, the Black Knight satellite once again entered polar orbit. Astronomers and scientists calculated the weight of the objects at more than 10 tons, which at the time would have been the heaviest artificial satellite orbiting our planet.
- The Black Knight’s orbit was unlike any other object orbiting Earth.
- Grumman Aircraft Corporation attached great importance to this mysterious “satellite”. On September 3, 1960, seven months after the satellite was first detected by radar, a tracking camera at the Grumman Aircraft Corporation factory on Long Island took a photograph of the “Black Knight”.
- Grumman Aircraft Corporation formed a committee to study data received from observations made, but it was not released.
- In 1963, Gordon Cooper was launched into space. On its final orbit, he reported seeing a glowing green object in front of his capsule in the distance, moving towards his spacecraft. The Muchea Tracking Station in Australia, to which Cooper reported the object, picked up this unidentified object on radar traveling from east to west.
- It was the amateur radio operator who apparently decoded a series of signals received from the U̳F̳O̳ satellite and interpreted them as a star map centered on the Epsilon Bootes star system.
- According to the decoded message, the Black Knight satellite originated in the Epsilon Bootes Star System 13,000 years ago.
- On August 23, 1954, the technology magazine Aviation Week and Space Technology ran a story about the Black Knight satellite that angered the P̳e̳n̳t̳a̳g̳o̳n̳ which was trying to keep the information secret.
- NASA released official images apparently showing the Black Knight satellite.
Bottom line: Skeptics dismissed it as nothing more than “space junk”, while conspiracy theorists believe there may have been a deliberate campaign of disinformation about the Black Knight’s origin and capabilities.