Building the Secret Space Fleet – Part 1

[For those say that a secret space fleet is an impossibility in a world of cell phone cameras and instant communication.]

By T. L. Keller

Advanced Design                                an unacknowledged, special access program (USAP) managed by Douglas Aircraft Company in the early 1950s.  Referred to by the late Bill Tompkins as the “Think Tank.”

DAC                                                     Douglas Aircraft Company.  A major aerospace (commercial and military) corporation in the 1920-1970 time frame (now part of Boeing).      

McKinnon, Gary                                 notorious British Internet hacker who, in 2001, hacked into NASA and military web sites in search of information about UFOs and “free energy” systems.  In 2002, the US Government attempted to extradite McKinnon from the UK.  Later, the then Home Office Secretary, Theresa May (the former prime minister), rejected the extradition request on the grounds that he would be imprisoned for a life term.

Tompkins, William Mills                    former aerospace designer for Douglas Aircraft Company (Santa Monica, California). Tompkins claimed to have designed star ships for a proposal to the US Navy in 1954.

USAP                                                   Unacknowledged Special Access Program.  A very high security, “Black Program” in which those involved are restricted from acknowledging its existence (as opposed to an  Acknowledged Special Access Program).

Much of the following article is extracted from The Total Novice’s Guide To The Secret Space Program. [1]


In 1954, the late William Mills Tompkins was employed by Douglas Aircraft Company (DAC) in Santa Monica, California in what they called the “Think Tank.”  According to his book, Selected By Extraterrestrials [2], his assignment within the Advanced Design team was to design two types of what he called “Star Ships” for a DAC proposal to the US Navy.  One of those was what he called a “Heavy Transport” and the other was a “Naval Galactic Battle Cruiser.”  After receiving the DAC proposal, according to Tompkins, the US Navy “put out a sole source request for a proposal for exploratory star mission vehicles.” [3]  Of course, this was well before NASA was created in 1958.

Bill Tompkins

The question here is, What, if anything, became of the proposed naval star ship concepts?  That is the subject of this and the follow-on Part 2 article.

Tompkins’ “Heavy Transport” Spacecraft Carrier

Tompkins’ concept of a spacecraft carrier was a “cigar-shaped,” cylindrical vessel with a length of one mile (5,280 feet) and with a beam (diameter) of 1,284 feet. The vessel would essentially be for the transport of smaller spacecraft — large TR-3B-type triangular craft, flying discs, shuttle craft, drones, etc.  It would also be capable of hauling heavy equipment, construction supplies and consumables (food, air tanks, liquids, fuels, etc.).  It could also be used for the transport of large immigrant groups, replacement crews and their families.  The entire structure was to be composed of small modules or “cubes” as Tompkins referred to them.  Each “cube” was conceived to be 20 stories in all dimensions.  He called it a “modular block assembly system.”  A 1954 conceptual sketch, which is quite far from a technical drawing, is shown below.

Tompkins’ 1954 “Heavy Transport” sketch [4]

The hand-written calculations were to determine the total number of  modules or “cubes.” The sketch is fanciful at best.  But, if that design were to be scaled down to, say, 1,000 feet in length (the size of a modern luxury cruise ship), it would certainly be within the capability of modern technology.  Given time and sufficient funding, modules of up to 200+ feet on each side could be fabricated and hauled to an assembly site via surface ship/barge and then assembled modularly.  Modern, fully-equipped, shipbuilding yards could fabricate a 1,000-feet long space vehicle with modules of this size.  A multinational company such as Britain’s BAE Systems that builds not only aerospace vehicles, but also naval warships, submarines,  armaments and defense electronics would be qualified for such a project.

In 2012 the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia approaching an island (Isola del Giglio, Italy), hit a rock that ripped into the side of the ship causing it to list badly and partially sink.  The ship was 952 feet long with a beam of 117 feet.  That is twice the size of the Titanic and costed US$ 650 million to construct.  Huge ocean-going cranes, massive floatation bags and powerful machinery were brought together from all over the world to re-float the ship. It took three years and US$ 2 billion to raise the ship in one piece and float it off.  It would seem then that time and money would be all that is needed to build a spacecraft of similar dimensions.  Some claim that interstellar spacecraft on the order of 1,000 feet in length exist now. That would be about one-fifth the size of Tompkins’ “heavy transport.”  

In his book, Selected By Extraterrestrials, Tompkins states that there were “ . . . two basic designs for naval spacecraft carriers.  There are two tradeoffs for, what he called configuration ‘T,’ and one for configuration ‘J’.  Both configurations for ‘T’ are 1.5 kilometers long [4,875 feet] and configuration ‘J’ is 1.0 kilometers [3,250 feet].”  Tompkins did not clue us in as to what the “configurations” consisted of, so I’d say the sketch shown above was strictly conceptual in nature. It would seem that the sketch preceded the later “T” and “J” designs.

Were any of these initial proposals developed further by the US Navy into actual spacecraft and, if so, where were they built? According to Dr. Robert Wood, Tompkins’ editor, Tompkins suggested that some form of these proposed designs may have been fabricated in massive underground caverns near the Dugway Proving Ground south of Salt Lake City, Utah.

As a historical note, Tompkins shows the text “U.S.S. Akron 1935” on the sketch.  This was apparently to compare the size of a Navy dirigible of the 1930s to the spacecraft carrier he was designing.  The USS Akron,a dirigible, was built in 1931.  It crashed in 1933.  Tompkins may have been thinking of the sister ship, USS Macon, which was operational until it crashed in 1935. Both of these dirigibles carried biplanes with their hangars built internally to the airship.  Both the Akronand the Maconwere capable of storing biplanes internally, launching them and then later re-capturing them.  They were truly “flying aircraft carriers.” The USS Akronwas 735 feet long.

USS Akron dirigible under construction and in flight (1933) [5]

Gary McKinnon

Gary McKinnon was a Scottish computer systems administrator and hacker who was accused in 2002 of perpetrating the “biggest military computer hack of all time.” McKinnon states that he was merely looking for evidence of a cover-up of UFO activity, “free energy” and other technologies potentially useful to the public at large. 

McKinnon was accused of hacking into 97 US military and NASA computers over a 13-month period between February 2001 and March 2002, using the name “Solo.” The US authorities stated that he deleted critical files from operating systems, which shut down the US Army’s Military District of Washington network of 2,000 computers for 24 hours. McKinnon also posted a notice on the military’s website: “Your security is crap.” US authorities stated the cost of tracking and correcting the problems he caused was over US$700,000. [6]

Gary McKinnon

While not admitting that it constituted evidence of destruction, McKinnon did admit leaving a threat on one computer:

“US foreign policy is akin to Government-sponsored terrorism these days … It was not a mistake that there was a huge security stand down on September 11 last year … I am SOLO. I will continue to disrupt at the highest levels … ” [7]

US authorities stated that McKinnon was trying to downplay his own actions. A senior military officer at the Pentagon told The Sunday Telegraph: “US policy is to fight these attacks as strongly as possible. As a result of Mr McKinnon’s actions, we suffered serious damage. This was not some harmless incident. He did very serious and deliberate damage to military and Nasa computers and left silly and anti-America messages. All the evidence was that someone was staging a very serious attack on US computer systems.” [8]

In November 2002, McKinnon was indicted by a federal grand jury in Virginia. The indictment contained seven counts of computer-related crime, eachof which carried a potential ten-year jail sentence. McKinnon remained at liberty without restriction for three years until June 2005 when he became subject to bail conditions including a requirement to sign in at his local police station every evening and to remain at his home address at night.  If extradited to the US and charged, McKinnon would face up to 70 years in jail.   He has expressed fears that he could be sent to Guantanamo Bay. Following this McKinnon appealed to the British House of Lords and to the European Court of Human Rights that imposed a temporary bar on extradition to the Unites States.  

McKinnon has admitted in many public statements that he obtained unauthorized access to computer systems in the United States including those mentioned in the United States indictment. He states his motivation, drawn from statements made before the National Press Club (Washington, DC) in May 2001 by “The Disclosure Project [a non-profit organization led by Dr. Steven Greer], was to find evidence of UFOs and anti-gravity technology and the suppression of free energy,” all of which he states to have proven through his actions.

In an interview televised on the BBC’s [British Broadcasting Corporation] Click program, McKinnon stated that he was able to get into the military’s networks simply by using a computer code familiar to computer administrators.  In his interview with the BBC, he also stated of “The Disclosure Project” that “they are some very credible, relied-upon people, all saying yes, there is UFO technology, there’s anti-gravity, there’s free energy, and it’s extraterrestrial in origin and [they’ve] captured spacecraft and reverse engineered it.” He said he investigated a NASA photographic expert’s claim that, at the Johnson Space Center’s Building 8, images were regularly cleaned of evidence of UFO craft, and confirmed this, comparing the raw originals with the “processed” images. He stated to have viewed a detailed image of “something not man-made” and “cigar shaped” floating above the northern hemisphere, and assuming his viewing would be undisrupted owing to the hour, he did not think of capturing the image because he was “bedazzled,” and therefore did not think of securing it with the screen capture function in the software at the point when his connection was interrupted. [9], [10]   McKinnon described the “cigar-shaped” spacecraft in rudimentary terms, but with some notable features that paralleled another witness’ description of an existing, cylindrical spacecraft.  We will examine those common features in Part 2 of this article.

One of the most interesting things about this was a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet he came across with 20 to 30 names of government officials that was titled “Non-Terrestrial Officers.” What’s more, according to reports McKinnon also discovered an unusual list of US Navy vessels.  But crosschecking against the active list of surface ships and submarines, McKinnon could not find those names on the current US Navy roster.  What does this all mean?  The list of “Non-Terrestrial Officers” is alleged, by many UFO researchers, to be the names of US Navy and Air Force officers who are serving on “ships” – off-Earth.  That’s to say, they are assigned to interplanetary vessels.  Additionally, the names of the “ships” that he found are actually the names of interplanetary space ships currently in service. 

What is the reason for the US and British governments’ withdrawal of the extradition?  If they had taken McKinnon to court, they would have had to endure the testimony under oathof the US Navy and NASA officials directly involved in the cover-up.

From An Engineer’s Perspective

When I was a youth (quite some time ago) I wanted to be an astronautics engineer.  My then-idol was Wernher von Braun (before I discovered the truth about his past).  As a graduate engineer (in propulsion engineering) I realized that what scientists discover, engineers implement. That’s just the nature of science versus engineering. 

Here’s how it works.  When scientists discover something, they measure it, quantify it, publish their papers, put that discovery “on the shelf” and then move on to the next great challenge.  Engineers then come along and attempt to understand the science and then implement that science in some useful way.  Engineers are neversatisfied to put some new technology on the shelf.  Engineers expect to see it used, and then they want to change it, to tinker with it, to make it more useful . . . or more efficient and/or less expensive.  

So, no matter who or where a scientific discovery was made or what it was . . . in this case the control of gravity and zero point energy . . . they would use it.  They would perfect it.  They would make it more efficient, and, yes, they would make it less expensive.

If what you have learned in the previous articles were true (and this author accepts this mostly as fact); then engineers, given the funds, would have implemented it.  And if the US Government scientists had perfected anti-gravity technology in the 1950s, as some claim, engineers would have proceeded at some pace to build a secret space fleet and bases on the Moon and Mars.Today, we can ask our mobile phone a question and then get a spoken answer.  We will soon be able to buy self-driven cars.  We can launch a commercial spacecraft and its booster rockets can land – vertically – near where it was launched. So why not bases on the Moon and Mars? So, let’s take a look at the possibilities of constructing a large, cylindrical spacecraft in plain sight.  That is the subject of Part 2 of “Building The Secret Space Fleet.”


  1. Keller, T. L., The Total Novice’s Guide To The Secret Space Program, 2FS Press, 2017, digital edition.
  2. Tompkins, William Mills with Dr. Robert M. Wood, Selected By Extraterrestrials, CreateSpace, 2015.
  3. Ibid, page 68.
  4. Ibid.
  5. Courtesy of the US Navy.
  6. Courtesy of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,
  7. Ibid.
  8. Ibid.
  9. Ibid.

McKinnon: “A NASA photographic expert said that there was a Building 8 at Johnson Space Center where they regularly airbrushed out images of UFOs from the high-resolution satellite imaging. I logged on to NASA and was able to access this department. They had huge, high-resolution images stored in their picture files. They had filtered and unfiltered, or processed and unprocessed, files.

“My dialup 56K connection was very slow trying to download one of these picture files. As this was happening, I had remote control of their desktop, and by adjusting it to 4-bit color and low screen resolution, I was able to briefly see one of these pictures. It was a silvery, cigar-shaped object with geodesic spheres on either side. There were no visible seams or riveting. There was no reference to the size of the object and the picture was taken presumably by a satellite looking down on it. The object didn’t look manmade or anything like what we have created. Because I was using a Java application, I could only get a screenshot of the picture — it did not go into my temporary internet files. At my crowning moment, someone at NASA discovered what I was doing and I was disconnected.”  “I also got access to Excel spreadsheets. One was titled “Non-Terrestrial Officers.” It contained names and ranks of U.S. Air Force personnel who are not registered anywhere else. It also contained information about ship-to-ship transfers, but I’ve never seen the names of these ships noted anywhere else.”

© 2019 T. L. Keller

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