Building the Secret Space Fleet – Part 2

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

By T. L. Keller

Goode, Corey                                      former US Navy witness.  Revealed by Michael Salla as a former crew member of an interstellar research vessel. Goode claimed that there are eight, cylindrical spacecraft carriers and support vessels now plying the Solar System as part of a “Solar Warden” secret space fleet.

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.

“Solar Warden”                                  an alleged secret space fleet consisting of eight cigar-shaped, spacecraft carriers, 43 “protector” space planes plus vessels of different sizes.  According to Dr. Michael Salla, Corey Goode claims to have served on an interstellar, research vessel of the “Solar Warden” secret space fleet.  The Solar Warden fleet was claimed to have been created in the 1980s time frame.

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).


Part 2 is a continuation of a series on the construction of a secret space fleet. Part 1 was published in the XXXXXX 2019edition of The MUFON Journal.  

As presented in Part 1, 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 suppression” and other technologies potentially useful to the general public.   In 2001, while hacking into a US Government web site, McKinnon claims to have viewed a photograph of a cylindrical spacecraft in high Earth orbit.  He alleges that a cigar-shaped spacecraft with “. . . geodesic domes above, below, to the left and right and on both ends”was displayed on the web site. He also claims that he was so “bedazzled” by the screen image that it was shut down by the web master before he could download the photograph.  [1]

Dr. Michael Salla presents an extensive series of reports dealing with the “Solar Warden” fleet in his 2015 book, Insiders Reveal Secret Space Programs & Extraterrestrial Alliances. According to Salla, Goode claims to have served on an interstellar, research vessel of the “Solar Warden” secret space fleet in the 1980s.  There were eight, cigar-shaped, spacecraft carriers, 43 “protector” space planes plus vessels of different sizes.  Additionally, “ . . . and some were in the range of a ‘Mile Long.’” [2]  Goode claims that the star ship that he was assigned was named the Arnold Sommerfeld, a smaller research vessel.

Gary McKinnon
Corey Goode

The illustration below is a technical representation (according to the artist’s caption) combining the testimonies of both McKinnon and Goode [3] showing the length of the “USSS Hillenkoetter” (the name of the first CIA director and legendary name of one of the spacecraft) in comparison to America’s latest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R. Ford.  Apparently, Goode states that the length of the spacecraft carrier is on the order of 991 feet.  The illustration clearly shows the “geodesic domes” at both ends of the craft as attested to by McKinnon.  Additional domes are shown above, below and to both sides of the spacecraft.  In particular, note the dark, vertical “demarcation line” exactly at the midpoint of the spacecraft.  This may be a hint as to how it was (or is) built.

USSS Hillenkoetter spacecraft comparison  [4]

Modern Submarine Construction

The question then is, How could a spacecraft with a length of nearly 1,000 feetbe constructed in total secrecy?  An assembly building would have to be at least 1,200 feet long in order to build out a spacecraft of that size.  To the author’s knowledge, there are none that long.  Logically, the construction of such a facility would create a great deal of unwanted attention and rumors.  How could this be accomplished then?  For that, we turn our attention to modern submarine construction methods.

The illustration below shows the main components, or “modules,” of the American, Virginia-class, attack submarines.  As can be seen, Newport News Shipbuilding [5]  constructs the following modules: stern, crew quarters, machinery spaces, torpedo room, sail and bow.  Electric Boat Corporation [6] builds the engine room and control room. Both companies provide the reactor plant modules, and they alternate on final assembly, test, outfitting and delivery. Essentially, these two companies work separately and cooperatively to build  modules at their own facilities and then ship those modules via sea transport to the final assembly facility on the US east coast.

Submarine modular construction  [7]

It should be well-noted that attack submarines are relatively small compared to ballistic missile (SSBN) submarines, but modular construction techniques are used in both cases. To get a sense of proportion, a US Ohio-class SSBN submarine is 560-feet long and has a beam (width) of 42 feet. The largest submarines known to exist are the Russian Typhoon-class SSBN submarines with a length of 574 feet and a beam of 75 feet.  Both the Ohio and Typhoon classes are obviously well short of 1,000 feet in length. So how would a 1,000-feet long spacecraft be assembled?  Answer: in plain sight.

Building “In Plain Sight”

The objective is to build that 1,000-feet long spacecraft in a very stealthy way so as to not attract undue public attention and incur excessive costs.  What do we do to accomplish that?  We build the spacecraft in an existing submarine assembly facility.  And, we build the spacecraft modules in two or more facilities and join them in a main spacecraft assembly hall.  Normally, a submarine facility builds a 560-feet (maximum) length vessel (see BAE Systems’ photo below). So, we build two500-feet long spacecraft each with theirown propulsion systems, launch them into orbit and dock them together. Voila!  We then have a 1,000-feet long spacecraft in orbit just as described by McKinnon and Goode and illustrated above.

BAE Systems’ submarine assembly hall  [8]

When one takes a second look at the USSS Hillenkoetterspacecraft comparison (above), one might visualize two command bridges— one at each end of the spacecraft.  One might wonder, Why twocommand bridges?  Note also that there is a dark, vertical “demarcation line” exactlywhere the two 500-feet long spacecraft would dock together in orbit.  A careful examination of the drawing shows that the artist has even highlighted (in a bluish white “cloud”) that docking point. Here’s how this would work assuming that each spacecraft is 500 feet long and approximately 100 feet in diameter (see “Basic Module” diagram below). Modern shipyard modular construction handles modules up to approximately 250 feet.  Each spacecraft would be composed of modules for use on specific missions.   The Command/Habitation module (purple; an “end” module) would house the command bridge and crew quarters.  A Spacecraft Bay module (blue) would effectively be a hangar for smaller shuttle craft.  The Cargo Bay (green) is self- explanatory and the Science module (beige) would house scientific and engineering equipment.  Science modules would be assembled for exploratory missions or Cargo Bay modules would be assigned for resupply missions.  Lastly, each of the 500-feet long spacecraft carries its own anti-gravity propulsion system in a Propulsion module (red).

Basic construction modules  [9]

The modules would be manufactured in separate facilities on the US east coast (because that is the location of most of the existing submarine assembly facilities).  They would each be shipped via barge or special-purpose transport ship to the main assembly facility just as submarine modules are shipped today.  Each would be covered in a large shipping shroud (tarp) to conceal its identity. Local public observers would naturally assume that it was “just another submarine module” arriving from the manufacturer.  After being offloaded to the receiving dock, it would be moved using existing, multi-wheeled vehicles into a storage facility or into the main assembly hall. See the above illustration of the submarine assembly hall operated by BAE Systems.

Typical modular assembly (top) and on-orbit docking/undocking  [10]

Within the main assembly hall, the modules selected for that particular spacecraft would be jointed to a maximum length of 500 feet.  Each spacecraft would have its own propulsion system (see above top diagram in red).  Once fully assembled, initial testing would be performed within the assembly hall with secondary testing performed at night (as practiced at the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works in Palmdale).  The completed 500-foot spacecraft would then be launched (launch #1) into orbit and a second spacecraft would then be assembled.  On launch #2, the second spacecraft would be launched and both would be docked together in orbit.

The advantage of this form of modular spacecraft construction is manifold: (1) Only existing manufacturing and assembly facilities would be used thereby avoiding new construction costs; (2) Only existing sea and land transportation vehicles would be used; (3) Secrecy would be maintained; (4) Only existing aerospace/defense/shipbuilding companies would be involved; and (5) Using modular construction, each spacecraft can be customized based upon its intended mission.


The author is not claiming that this methodology is or has been used to fabricate 1,000-feet long, space vehicles.  But from a cost-benefit and security viewpoint, this would seem to be a logical construction method in the 1980s for vessels of the specified length.  What the USAP managers would want to do is minimize costs to the greatest extent possible thereby avoiding unwanted scrutiny from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) and the US Congress.  At the same time, by using existing defense contractors, facilities and standard procedures, undue attention by the general public (and people like me) would be minimized.  What to be avoided are excessive expenditures constructing new, quarter-mile long assembly halls, new special-purpose transportation equipment and relying on manufacturing companies that do not have a proven USAP track record.  The timeline is also critical.  Given that the space fleet (at least its earlier version) was in operation in the 1980s, this author’s proposition suggests that this assembly method was the most likely in thattime period.

Some authorities have stated that the Dugway Proving Ground near Salt Lake City, Utah, is the current  location of the fabrication and assembly facility.  Clearly, if these spacecraft carriers exceed 1,000 feet in length as one witness has testified, they would not be manufactured and assembled in existing submarine assembly halls on the US east coast.  Utah or some other low-density location would then be the most likely. After my presentation of this topic at the 2018 International UFO Congress, I was approached by a person who quite authoritatively claimed that the location was at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico — another possible candidate.   In either event, if true, all of the spacecraft carrier modules would need to be manufactured in the immediate locale as overland transportation over great distances would be problematic.  This, in turn, would require an expansive industrial infrasructure in a very remote region of the country.


  1. Keller, T. L., The Total Novice’s Guide To The Secret Space Program, 2FS Press, 2017, digital edition.
  2. Salla, Ph.D., Michael E., Insiders Reveal Secret Space Programs & Extraterrestrial Alliances, Exopolitics Institute, 2015.
  3. According to Michael Salla, the only spaceship name referenced by Corey Goode was the research vessel Arnold Sommerfeld.  Sommerfeld (1868-1926) was a German theoretical physicist who pioneered developments in atomic and quantum physics, and also educated and mentored a large number of students for the new era of theoretical physics.
  4. Details of the USSSHillenkoettermay be found at The Object Report
  5. Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, is the largest industrial employer in Virginia, and sole designer, builder and refueler of US Navy aircraft carriers and one of two providers of US Navy submarines.
  6. Electric Boat Corporation, a subsidiary of General Dynamics, is located in Groton, Connecticut, and elsewhere on the US east and west coasts.  Established in 1899, it has established standards of excellence in the design, construction and lifecycle support of US Navy submarines.
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  8. BAE Systems (formerly British Aerospace) is a global supplier of aircraft, warships, submarines, weaponry and defense electronics.
  9. Lecture slide presentation by T. L. Keller at MUFON Orange County (California) in 2017 and at the 2018 International UFO Congress, Phoenix, Arizona.
  10. Ibid.

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