Tremulis clearly foresaw future space travel two decades before Man ever set foot on the moon, and in an uncanny conclusion to his story, he accurately predicted the dangers of re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere. This post is dedicated to those brave explorers who perished in the Space Shuttle disasters, as today, February 1, marks the tenth anniversary of the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.
The following article was written by Alex Tremulis shortly after the first descriptions of UFO crash landings in both Roswell, New Mexico and another report Mexico. Coincidentally, the Roswell incident just happened to occur less than three weeks after the June 19, 1947 unveiling of the Tucker automobile!
Personally I have never seen a flying saucer, disk or any semblance of a space craft. I was one of many fascinated the night of March 9th  when the radio blared forth the story of the crash landing of a strange object and it’s midget pilot in Mexico. In spite of Mr. Gimmick, the dynamite salesman later backing off of his original story, there were still left traces of evidence by his story substantiated by other rumors that there was some still unexplained happenings that might lend credence to his original story.
I, for one, have never been of the opinion that we earthlings enjoyed a monopoly of all the brains in the solar system. Many strange happenings dating back as far as 1870 have not been thoroughly explained to my satisfaction. As an example, mysterious formations of lights apparently from visiting space craft flying in strange formation were observed by ships at sea. The mysterious light signals from Mars as observed by Professor Lowell of the Lowell Observatory in the year 1900. Many thousands of people in Englandare said to have viewed a strange motorized object in the sky for a period of hours several years before man made his first conquest of the air. Also the strange formation of air craft, more in number than any amount based in the United States, were observed by thousands of witnesses in 1914 at Ottawa Canada cannot be taken lightly. These strange visitations are a matter of record in the official astronomical records of their respective years and can be inspected by anyone desiring to do so.
Before expounding further on my theories I must first state that I am a creative stylist by profession possessed of a meager understanding of principals of engineering. My experience in the field of aeronautics consists of four years at Wright Field, Ohio, where I served as chief of the Design Illustration Unit, a Division of the Design Development Division of the Aircraft Laboratory. During my tour of duty I was exposed to the evolution of rocket development and have in my mind an approximate idea of the necessary time in research involved to perfect rocket fuels, nuclear energy power plants, rocket missiles, radar and space navigation plus the metallurgical problems alone that must be solved before we on earth can duplicate the performance figures of the saucer tracked by the navy scientists. The speeds disclosed exceeded the hypersonic region of velocity and bordered on the speed necessary to escape the earth’s gravitational pull.
For reasons of military security I do not care to state my estimate of time necessary to develop missiles capable of speeds observed by the navy scientists at White Sands, I regret I must also admit that I would still have to penalize my estimate by several years because of our unwilling Congress who have thwarted the Air Force at every turn by refusing to allocate the funds necessary to maintain air superiority on the planet. (To Ed. - I believe this paragraph should not be omitted in order that this article receive the blessings of the AAF Wright Field Ohio). However at this writing if the nuclear energy project for the propulsion of aircraft has been already put into practice then it is entirely possible that these objects are earth made. They may even be subcontracted to many manufacturers piecemeal in order to maintain the secrecy as evidenced so eloquently by the Manhattan project where many of the subcontractors actually believed they were working on something for Mayor LaGuardia. I believe at this writing that this project has not as yet been consummated.
In my opinion, there is nothing wrong about the configuration of a so called disk that does not apply to good aerodynamic law. Its very form suggests maximum of lightness in conjunction with maximum strength as the skin of the ship itself absorbs all stresses in its most efficient form. Its very form allows a receiving of maximum solar energy to be transmitted to the powerplants. The propulsion units must no doubt be of a highly developed form of nuclear energy in order to have the apparently limitless range of millions of miles. Only from a highly developed state of energy could the tremendous velocities of 25,000 MPH and upwards be possible in order to escape the earth’s gravitational pull. The required maximum escape velocity would of course be determined by the respective planets gravitational pull on the space vehicle. It is entirely possible that these space travelers may unintentionally become prisoners of our planet.
As an example let us say the escape velocity of a ship based on the planet Mars was 16,000 MPH and that the maximum thrust of the Martian vehicle was designed for 20,000 MPH. A journey to earth, assuming the fuel of course could be replenished by solar energy, would be entirely possible but after arriving at earth it would be lacking an additional 5,000 MPH escape velocity necessary to return to Mars. The ship would be reduced to aimlessly wandering around our earth until its fuel gave out. If we on earth should solve the mysteries of space travel it would be far more economical to use the moon as a stepping stone to the planets. The gravitational pull of the moon is one-sixth of that on earth and a rocket trip from the moon to Mars would require considerably less fuel than would a direct trip from earth to Mars. Therefore I predict the nation that stakes its claims on the moon first will enjoy a monopoly of interplanetary space travel.
Perhaps these strangers at the moment on their reconnaissance flight are afraid of us and are reluctant to land. There is much evidence to support their fear that ours is backward civilization. Our seemingly wasteful wars that take place every generation only tend to create greater misunderstandings. The minuteness of our progress in the field of transportation alone must be staggering in their minds. For example, the archaic principal of motor cars, driven by bulky power plants located in the front, must impress them as progress little removed from early Roman chariot designs. I for one would frankly welcome meeting the little strangers, if for no other reason than to exchange notes on their land vehicles which we earthlings call automobiles. It is my opinion that any race of people capable of mastering the mysteries of inter-planetary space travel would be endowed with a culture of so advanced nature that the very word “destruction” would be utterly meaningless to them. The worst we could expect is that they might make an attempt to civilize us.
As I gaze into the heavens on nights when the sky is streaked with the trails of meteors, I cannot help but think that some space pilot in a rocket ship miscalculated the Earth’s protective atmosphere while streaking towards us at 10 to 15 miles per second and found it too late to apply reverse rockets. Those streaks in the sky may ultimately be a name on a monument on Planet “X” dedicated to explorers of the universe.
Then again, I don’t know: MAYBE WE ARE BEING SHOT AT - - WHO KNOWS?
February 1, 2003: The Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster
This project led directly into the Dyna-Soar project of the 1950's and subsequently, with the lessons learned, is incorporated into the Space Shuttle program. The full story can be read HERE.
As I gaze into the heavens on nights when the sky is streaked with the trails of meteors, I cannot help but think that some space pilot in a rocket ship miscalculated the Earth’s protective atmosphere while streaking towards us at 10 to 15 miles per second and found it too late to apply reverse rockets. Those streaks in the sky may ultimately be a name on a monument on Planet “X” dedicated to explorers of the universe. Alex Tremulis, 1950
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