Well I labored over what category I should file this article under. Should it be Space and Planets, Air Space/Craft or Government? I decided government but it could fit in any of the three so I will cross reference it. I am going to discuss something that the internet is buzzing about, but this doesn't mean that I believe it. I will leave it up to you to decided if there is any validity to this or not.
There are many internet sites that discuss the fact the the United States Air Force has a secret space program which is much further advanced than the civilian one from NASA. You have to admit that this might be a possibility. They go on to say that it is not only more advanced, but it is VERY MORE advanced. Some claim that this program has already put bases on the Moon and on Mars. But how can they claim this when it would be hard to launch rockets unnoticed? This is where it gets interesting. They say that conventional rockets are not the main stay of the program, though some may be used. Supposedly the Air Force is using vehicles like the Aurora, a secret replacement for the Blackbird aircraft designated as SR-71, which was retired recently. They are also said to be using a new type of engine in other craft that would allow them to use anti gravity to escape Earth's gravity. Remember there has been much research going on for years on anti gravity engines, especially in Russia. There easily could have been a break through by now.
You have to remember that the U.S. spends large amounts of money on disinformation. Because of this program it would be easy for the government to make us think that we are further behind in space than we really are. A good example of this is the stealth fighter and bomber. We had them for 10 years before anyone knew it. This gets a little blurry but it seems that air force astronauts have a training facility inside a mountain base somewhere east of Colorado Springs.
Many swear that there is a space station in deep space orbit that is top secret. Today it is manned by U.S. and Russian military and has been in existence since 1973. What the purpose of such a station would be, I really don't know. It is also claimed that advanced craft of some type are flying back and forth from Earth to the station. As vigorously as some are saying this is true, others are denying that the station exists.
Getting to the craft that the Air Force is said to be using, we have the Aurora, a low orbital capable fighter, the TR3A "Black Manta" of which not much is know as it is officially listed as a secret reconisence aircraft, the X-33A a one stage orbit capable vehicle and the X-22 a so called antigravity disk. If the X-22 exists than it might be capable of interplanetary flight. If this is true than it could come and go without anyone being the wiser. So what do we have here? We have at least two vehicles capable of attaining low orbit which would render the Space Shuttle obsolete which, by the way, was already done by more efficient rockets. We also have a craft of unknown capability and another that may be able to travel between planets. Another vehicle is said to exist that has antigravity capabilities and may or may not be atomic powered, depending on who you talk to. It is a huge flying triangle. We have to remember that flying triangles have been reported all over the U.S. It is also said to be armed with laser pulse cannons. A nice collection of vehicles indeed.
If the U.S. is truly trying to dominate space how would we know? Peter Teets, undersecretary of the Air Force and director of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), American capability in space, "must remain ahead of our adversaries' capabilities, and our doctrine and capabilities must keep pace to meet that challenge." Mr. Teets was the former chief operating officer and president of Lockheed Martin. Why would a person who is the head of the NRO, a powerful spy organization make such a statement if the government didn't really believe it? Was he trying to tell us something?
When the astronauts went to the moon, many people believe they saw bases and vehicles parked there. Could that have seen our own bases and vehicles but didn't know it at the time because it was top secret? Look how relatively easy Burt Rutan built space ship 1 and launched it into orbit, all for under 25 million dollars. Does it make sense to you that our entire government couldn't build something much better than the shuttle for 60 Billion? Is NASA really spending those billions on the shuttle program or is most of it being diverted into something else, like a secret military program?
I want you to take notice that at no time have I mentioned the use of alien technology. I could tell you that a large faction of people think we have gotten technology from aliens but even without going into this topic there is much proof that we are further ahead in space technology than suspected. If you just watch the progress of computer cpus (central processing units) we are making, our abilities double every 14 months, you have to concede that our ability to build and design space craft and solve technological problems increases. It may be that all this computing power is what is responsible for a secret military space program. Wouldn't it be ironic if we were traveling between the Moon and Mars routinely right now at a time when we think NASA is dragging its feet in manned space flight? What is going to happen when we finally develop a Quantum computer, something that will be a hundred times more powerful than the most powerful present day computer? Of course I am assuming we don't have this already.
I would like to finish by saying that Janes (military analysts) reported in the year 2000 that the U.S. Air Force had a secret 5.7 Billion dollar budget for research and procurement and a 7.5 Billion dollar budget for procurement of highly classified equipment. Is this being used to fund space exploration?