The Black Knight Satellite And Strange Anomalies In Earth’s Orbit

Marcus Lowth
Published Date
July 14, 2017
Last Updated
September 27, 2021
Estimated Reading Time
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Conspiracy Theory Analysis, Technology

Although outer space undoubtedly offers an infinite stream of adventures and mysteries, the upper atmosphere and the vacuum of space immediately around our planet, is apparently rife with activity in its own right.

One of the most researched and discussed sightings in this area of space is that of the Black Knight Satellite. Said by some to be a top-secret, possibly even joint US-Russian space project. Others claim it to be an extra-terrestrial “monitoring system”, left here in orbit to spy on activity on Earth from unknown reaches of space.

An alleged picture of the Black Knight Satellite.

Black Knight Satellite.

Gordon Cooper, veteran NASA astronaut and (until his death) one of the leading advocates of the declassifying of UFO files to the public, had his own apparent sighting of the Black Knight Satellite in 1963. Cooper is one of the most credible UFO witnesses on record and not someone to make “wild” claims.

The Black Knight Satellite

The theories of the Black Knight Satellite, what it is, and where it came from are numerous and many. Although there are several photographs claiming to show the elusive craft, the main pieces of evidence are usually detections of signals and calculating and back-calculating of objects in the Earth’s orbit.

In the 14th May 1954 edition of the “San Francisco Examiner”, a report appeared concerning the discovery of “two satellites” in the Earth’s orbit. This was several years before any (known) man-made object would reside in space. [1]

In fact, various and random reports of astronomical anomalies orbiting the Earth are on record throughout the 1930s and 1940s. Incidentally, when the Russians did finally launch their Sputnik satellites in 1957, on each occasion there were reports of a strange object “shadowing” them.

The Black Knight Satellite apparently passes directly over each pole once in each revolution. Interestingly or not, we today, now use such technology to “map the planet!”

There have been many sightings since then. However, one apparent “message” received by a random radio operator seemingly offered more detailed information on this mysterious craft orbiting our planet.

“Disneyland Of The Gods”?

Author John Keel perhaps wrote of one of the more fascinating claims of the Black Knight Satellite in his book, Disneyland Of The Gods. [2] He would report on an apparent message received by a HAM radio operator, Duncan Lunan.

It was a coded signal that Lunan claimed to have managed to unlock. Asserting that this information was from the strange Black Knight Satellite, Keel retold that the craft was “13,000 years old!” He would also state it was from the “Epsilon Bootis” star-system.

It is here to “keep watch” on Earth, and relay constant information regarding the geology and terrain of the planet. One full, “decoded” part of the message reads:

“Start here. Our home is Upsilon Bootes, which is a double star. We live on the sixth planet of seven, coming from the sun, which is the larger of the two. Our sixth planet has one moon. Our fourth planet has three. Our first and third planets each have one. Our probe is in the position of Arcturus, known in our maps.”

Whether there is any credence in these “messages” or not, is very much open to debate, but many people have picked up on strange, electronic signals that appear to be coming from the upper atmosphere of Earth. Even Nikola Tesla claimed to have picked up on such signals, most notably during his Colorado Springs experiments.

Check out the video below that looks more in-depth at the Black Knight Satellite.

The Tesla Connection

The Nikola Tesla connection is perhaps worth examining a little further. While conducting his experiments on how to harness and transfer energy at Colorado Springs in 1899, Tesla seemingly picked up strange signals. It was his belief that these signals were some kind of code from another planet, perhaps Mars.

This was perhaps further instilled in Tesla due to his own invention only three years previously in 1896 – a wireless transmitter, with which he believed could one day be used to send communications to life forms on other planets.

With the Black Knight Satellite in mind, some researchers have suggested that what Tesla had actually picked up on was a transmission of some kind from the apparently anomalous vehicle that has been orbiting the planet for hundreds, perhaps thousands of years.

Wireless energy experiments, Colorado Springs, 1899

Wireless energy experiments, Colorado Springs, 1899

And we should note that it wasn’t just Tesla who believed he had picked up on some kind of electrical alien communications. Guglielmo Marconi, for example, also believed he picked up on very similar signals (although they dismissed even more readily than Tesla’s as basic interference). Almost 30 years later in 1928, very similar signals were detected by amateur radio operator, Jorgon Hals in Norway.

Even respected astronaut, Gordon Cooper, made claims of seeing something unusual while orbiting the Earth in Mercury 9 in 1963. According to the reports, Cooper’s sighting was also confirmed by radar tracking stations on the ground. We should note, though, that there is some discrepancy as to the authenticity of these claims. However, we might also note, if there was something to cover, up then we might expect there would be. There are certainly no official records of the incident – at least to the best of the collective public knowledge.

Why Are There Not Signals Everywhere?

We have examined many of the sightings and anomalous data that has seemingly alerted some people to be certain of the Black Knight Satellite’s existence. However, we should perhaps consider why, with all the technological advancement of the modern world, more and more findings similar to those of Tesla have not come to light. And this would surely very be the case in the contemporary era of the Internet age where we can view the surface of Mars from our own personal computers.

It is perhaps interesting to note that there are many astronomers who have taken an interest in the claims of the Black Knight Satellite with a view of trying to locate and track the mysterious anomaly. However, this has led to several more theories that have only made the potential existence of the Black Knight Satellite even more complex.

A picture claiming to show the Black Knight Satellite

Does this picture show the Black Knight Satellite?

They would find, among other things, that the satellite seeming appeared in one spot before disappearing completely again. It would then reappear somewhere completely different from the expected course. This would lead some to suggest that there could even be more than one satellite. And what’s more, they could seemingly go dark at any moment. This might answer why there has been an apparent inability to trace the apparent monitoring vehicle.

Compounding this problem even further was that these appearances were seemingly random, with no pattern or regularity to them.

Connections To The X-37B Project?

If we assume for one moment that the Black Knight Satellite is real and simply a piece of space debris, might there be connections to the X-37B Project? [3]

There is so little that we know of the project such is the secrecy. It has already been in orbit for over two years – at least as far as we know. Even usually skeptical commentators would state NASA’s secrecy with this particular project did nothing at all to quash wild conspiracy theories.

Stories would appear in Russian media that suggested the project was a continuation of the Reagan days. The intention being for it to destroy satellites above the Earth, and away from the public eye.

Or perhaps, as we will look at in a moment, if the X-37B is a destroyer-type craft, maybe its target is something not of this planet.

The video below looks at the X-37B Project in a little more depth.

Solar Warden and Rosetta Conspiracies

Of course, there are many space conspiracies theorized to be happening in space in and around our planet’s orbit. Many of them speak of an intricate defense force of sorts that patrols as far as the dark side of the moon.

One of these secret projects is, Solar Wardon, which took on a more serious nature in 2012 when NASA consultant, Dr. Eric Norton, claimed that a “technologically advanced fleet of spaceships” were seemingly “stationed” on the other side of the moon to the Earth. Perhaps more worryingly, his calculations suggested the fleet was slowly heading this way!

More recently in 2014 with the approaching comet “Rosetta”, the whole world watched as the European Space Agency attempted to land a probe on the speeding chunk of rock. Fascinating as this was, to some, there were alternative reasons than those given for this otherwise scientific research mission.

Some firmly believed Rosetta not to be a comet at all, but an incoming alien spacecraft that both the ESA and NASA were covering up. [4] It was a “ludicrous” notion, they said, to believe that space agencies would send billions of dollars to “get a few photographs” – a mission where success was not even a guarantee.

Furthermore, they would claim a whistleblower had come forward to verify this information. This “comet” actually had a composition that was more akin to an artificial structure. NASA had tracked its approach for decades leading to this moment.

Check out the video below that look at these theories in a little more detail.  You may also find our article about the Philae lander most interesting.

International Space Station Sightings and The “Boomerang” Incident

As is perhaps understandable, there are many strange sightings around the International Space Station. Not least due to the NASA TV camera that can be viewed twenty-four hours a day. Aside from those occasions where the broadcast goes down – usually seconds after a strange object comes into view. As we have written about before, this “loss of transmissions” are a conspiracy in themselves, and probably rightly so.

There, however, many reports of strange objects during the service shuttle missions to the space station. Officially known as the “STS 114” mission of 2015, carried out by the space shuttle Discovery, events would lead to what is referred to as “The Boomerang Incident”.

It was while crucial repairs went ahead on the Discovery shuttle as it was docked to the ISS, that a strange object was caught on the NASA cameras pointing towards the vastness of outer space. It moved in one direction before slowing to a stop and then moving in the complete opposite direction. This movement led to its eventual naming.

While NASA refused to offer anything more than space debris being responsible for the sighting, many believed the sighting was obvious proof of an intelligently guided craft seeming to observe the movements of the ISS.

Check out the video below which looks at the STS-114 Incident.

Plenty Of Detractors And Apparent Explanations

There are, of course, many possible explanations put forward for the apparent Black Knight Satellite sightings. And even some who dismiss any of the claims as pure nonsense.

For example, a senior education support officer at Armagh Planetarium in Northern Ireland, Martina Redpath, would call claims of the Black Knight Satellite nothing more than a “jumble of completely unrelated stories” that were largely based on “reports of unusual science observations”. What’s more, this was often the result, according to Redpath, of “authors promoting fringe ideas”, as well as the “over-interpreting” of photos and classified satellite data.

While there is perhaps a lot of truth to what Redpath says, it is certainly unwise to completely dismiss each and every sighting and alleged intercepted communication. We may find that while some of the claims are a combination of some or all of the above, one or two might prove to be genuine enough to warrant further investigation. Redpath is certainly not alone, however, in her dismissal of the Black Knight Satellite.

Many of the famous pictures alleging to show the Black Knight Satellite has been explained by some as space debris that has either purposely or accidentally been sent into space. Perhaps the best example of this would be the picture at the top of this article. While some believe it truly shows the Black Knight Satellite itself, the most accepted explanation is that it is a foil “space blanket”. The reason it appears black is that the reflective surface is showing space itself.

The Mystery Remains

What should we make of the claims of the Black Knight Satellite? Is it really possible, however unlikely, that an alien satellite is constantly monitoring what is happening here on Earth? We should consider that even if this was the case, the reason for such a vehicle might not be to monitor us, but the Earth itself. This might appear especially so when we consider the sheer number of alien abduction and close encounter reports that speak of environmental issues and the harm that we are doing to the planet.

We should perhaps also ask ourselves, if there was an alien satellite orbiting the Earth, taking out a cover-up by government (or governments), then why as no attempt gone ahead to intercept and possibly bring it back to Earth? Maybe they might have behind closed doors of top-secret projects. Perhaps there is the realization that such an object is so advanced that there is nothing we can do about it. Or maybe, the vehicle is largely not able to be tracked for any prolonged length of time – again for reasons of high advancement.

Or might, such people as Martina Redpath be correct, and the claims are nothing more than a confused urban myth often pushed to further a book, publication, or even a film. It is certainly an area of the UFO conspiracy that keeps many researchers fascinated as to the truth of the matter. Perhaps one day, that truth, whatever it might prove to be, will be known with certainty.

Check out the short video below. It looks at claims of the Black Knight Satellite a little closer.


1 San Francisco Examiner, May 14th, 1954
2 Disneyland of the Gods, John A. Keel, ISBN9781499 105490
3 Top-secret American space plane has been orbiting Earth for almost ONE YEAR on unexplained ‘mystery mission’, Jasper Hamill, The Mirror, May 12th, 2016
4 Philae comet lander alien ‘cover-up’ conspiracy theories emerge, Hannah Ellis-Petersen, The Guardian, November 13th, 2014

Marcus Lowth

Marcus Lowth is a writer with a love for UFOs, aliens, and the Ancient Astronaut Theory, to the paranormal, general conspiracies, and unsolved mysteries. He has been writing and researching with over 20 years of experience.

Marcus has been Editor-in-Chief for several years due to his excellent knowledge in these fields. Marcus also regularly appears as an expert on radio talk shows including Troubled Minds and Unexplained Radio discussing these topics.

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  • rick says:

    Marcus!!! I didnt know you wrote for other sites, i follow your lists on listverse

  • John crossan says:

    Why hasnt nasa or someone else tried to recover this object and investigate it????????

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