SpaceX and the U.S. government are combining forces yet again to launch cargo that is deemed classified, yet the details that are public hint at Musk’s vision of establishing a global internet that could potentially connect to human brains.
For the first time in its history, the X-37B space plane will be launched into space using one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets.
This launch will take place on Thursday, September 7th from the historic Kennedy Space Center.
Officials are not very forthcoming with details of the mission, causing media outlets to dub it a “secret mission.”
The only detail they are releasing about their classified military cargo is the following:
“This mission,” as explained by the U.S. Air Force, “will host the Air Force Research Laboratory Advanced Structurally Embedded Thermal Spreader [known as ASETS-11] payload to test experimental electronics and oscillating heat pipe technologies in the long duration space environment.”
The statement added that “This mission carries small satellite ride shares and will demonstrate greater opportunities for rapid space access and on-orbit testing of emerging space technologies.” Anything else seems to be largely classified.
There is much speculation about what this mission actually entails.
Popular Mechanics stated that “experts believe they are used to test new military space satellite technologies including ion thrusters, and optical and radar-based sensors designed to spy on objects on the ground or other satellites.”
According to Air Force Research Laboratory, their cargo will: “provide a low cost method to alleviate electronics thermal constraints and allow for increased processing power, or bandwidth, for commercial and military users.
This sounds exactly like Elon Musk’s plan to cover the world with internet from space.
Is that however the only agenda?
In 2016 SpaceX began requesting permission from the U.S. government to operate a massive network of 4,425 satellites – plus “in-orbit spares” – to provide high-speed, global internet coverage.
Since that time they have received over a billion in funding from Google, have been awarded contracts from NASA in supplying the International Space Station, and now have received the go ahead from the Pentagon to launch their classified cargo.
In fact, as reported by the LA Times, Elon Musk’s growing empire has been primarily fueled by roughly $4.9 billion in government subsidies.
There is also a correlation here to Elon Musk’s newly formed company Neuralink, a firm developing ultra high bandwidth brain-machine interfaces to connect humans and computers.
A machine that could potentially be the ‘secret’ cargo.
Although the mission details are largely classified, one cannot help but wonder if this is an implementation of a device that will help to further cement the reality of a global internet, that can potentially connect to our brains, centralized through our government disguised as Elon Musk.
I still hope he is one of the good guys.