Black Knight satellite conspiracy theories are so juicy you wanna believe them. From ancient civilizations to alien technology, the source material is too good to be denied. Nikola Tesla is even involved. Everything connected to Tesla is too good to be true, including David Bowie’s portrayal of him in Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige. Wait, and didn't Nolan also direct The Dark Knight? Doesn't that sound a lot like Black Knight? There's another conspiracy for you right there.
The mythology of the Black Knight satellite is so dense and thorny critics dismissed it as a collection of unrelated tales. But if you look hard enough, it all fits together. So what is the Black Knight satellite? That's the easy bit to explain - it's an alien satellite that's supposedly been orbiting Earth for about 13,000 years. This list takes you through Black Knight satellite theories one by one, connecting the missing pieces.
There Was A Second Witness
Clyde Tombaugh, famed astronomer who discovered Pluto, was at UNM with Lincoln LaPaz during the supposed Black Satellite sighting. Tombaugh and LaPaz were doing secret research for the military on the existence of alien satellites and the origins of other unexplained phenomena.
Tombaugh also denied the satellite reports, but in a much more cryptic manner than his colleague.
A Famed UFOlogist Backed The 'Two Satellites' Theory
The first satellite released into space, Sputnik 1, was launched by Russia in October 1957. In 1954, three years before Sputnik, retired Marine Corps Major Donald Keyhoe claimed that two satellites were orbiting Earth, and that Secretary of the Air Force Harold Talbott had personally seen one of them.
Talbott denied the claims. Keyhoe was a UFO expert who wrote several nonfiction books on the subject and was taken quite seriously as a journalist.
A Sighting In 1960 Was Covered Up
In February 1960, several magazines and newspapers reported on a mysterious satellite detected by the US military. No one knew where it came from. In March 1960, Time magazine claimed that the object was a retrorocket from a Discoverer satellite. See, when a satellite returns to Earth, it fires a retrorocket to slow its descent; the retrorocket has a parachute and is supposed to be picked up by scout planes as it falls.
According to Time, when this particular Discoverer launched its retrorocket in August 1959, it disappeared, and no one noticed it orbiting for five months, even though the Department of Defense (DOD) employed people whose sole responsibility was monitoring objects in space. These DOD employees used a radar detector dubbed "Dark Fence" to help alert them to objects orbiting over the US. Here’s how Time explained the blunder:
Instead of slowing the recovery capsule and bringing it down, the rocket's thrust had increased the capsule's speed and put it in a different and higher orbit, where it circled for five months before the still-inexperienced Dark Fence watchers noticed it. With this experience behind them. the space watchers could be expected to do better the next time a silent, unknown satellite starts criss-crossing the sky.
With that stellar explanation, it's no wonder some people believe Time's story was a cover-up.
Did Astronaut Gordon Cooper See It?
Some claim that, in 1963, astronaut Gordon Cooper saw a UFO cut across the sky while on the Mercury 9 space flight over Perth, Australia. Reports indicate the object was also seen on the radar at Muchea Tracking Station, outside Perth. Cooper has explicitly denied these claims, but others are convinced he was coerced into silence.