Sunday, June 12, 2016

Science Fiction and Secret Space Programs | The Military Space Station – Reagan's SDI, Solar Warden, Halo, Star Trek, Babylon 5, Mass Effect, Starship Troopers, and more

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(Stillness in the Storm Editor) Several whistleblowers have testified that the military industrial complex and other clandestine organizations have advanced space programs under the cover of secrecy. These programs have apparently surpassed technology currently viewed by mainstream society as the peak of human advancement. But what seems to be clear is that in the realms of media, and especially in science fiction, a disclosure of these programs occurs arguably more than anywhere else. 

In addition, declassified military projects or plans that have gone public conclusively demonstrate that the powers behind these organizations are applying standard military models of defense and conquest to space. 

This rationale is described in the below article, which helps one comprehend the motivation and mentality that leads to the development of massive space fleets and stations allegedly occurring in secret by the military industrial complex. 

As one example, consider the ALMAZ Soviet program during the 1970's, which deployed modest weaponized space stations in orbit, and even developed a laser cannon for defense. This program was partially in response to an American effort known as the MOL program, which was a surveillance based development of the 1960's. These programs were short lived, but stands as an example of the fact that militaries have long desired to weaponize space, and when they could not do so overtly, programs were canceled and went black or became classified. 

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The NRO is such one organization that apparently uses low-Earth orbit space stations for surveillance, according to insider testimony.

Related Secret NRO Space Stations to be Revealed in Limited Disclosure Plan

In order to comprehend the magnitude of soft disclosure taking place in works of fiction, one must review the insider testimony at hand. There are many persons of interest to choose from, but for ease of comprehension, we will focus on two of the most recent and seemingly all-encompassing sources, Corey Goode and William Tompkins.

Their testimony is far too extensive to list here, but as a synopsis consider the following excerpt from the Summary and Analysis series of Cosmic Disclosure hosted on this site.
Overview of Corey Goode, the Secret Space Program Alliance, and the Sphere Being Alliance:

Corey Goode is a Secret Space Program (SSP) insider and whistleblower that began disclosing information in 2009 under the pseudonym GoodETxSG. In 2014, he started revealing a great deal more information in an effort to prepare humanity for what he calls data dumps, set to occur at an opportune moment in the future. Much of the information he provides comes from Smart Glass Pads, iPad-like devices supplied to SSP personnel for information dissemination purposes. This will be a groundbreaking event, revealing the totality of Earth's history and the activities of the Cabal which will ultimately lead to a truth and reconciliation style tribunal to hold criminal elements accountable for wrongdoing. Additionally, the SSP Alliance intends on releasing all of the hidden technology to the people in preparation for a Star Trek-type golden age civilization.

According to Goode, the Cabal or the secret Earth government and their syndicates (as termed by the SSP Alliance) have enslaved humanity under a false paradigm of a technological advancement, while secretly developing incredible technology (a Star Trek level of advancement) used to colonize the solar system and beyond, engaging in trade with thousands of extraterrestrial races.

Space programs have been developed in secret all throughout Earth's history, and in many cases, groups broke away from the main culture forming what is called a Breakaway Civilization. Some of these civilizations have existed in secret, on Earth and beyond for, thousands of years. The Agartha Network is one such group that claims to be the original human race. It was this group in addition to the Draco Alliance, that made contact with a secret German space program in the early 20th Century.

In modern times, the Germans were the most advanced of the SSP groups, beginning their efforts in earnest during the early 1920's and 30's. The Americans were also developing a SSP, but were much further behind in technological advances. Later, the American SSPs were infiltrated and taken over by the Germans after the end of World War II. It was after this forced merger that the SSP, under the direction of the Interplanetary Corporate Conglomerate (ICC), expanded into the solar system and beyond, setting up dozens of bases and mining facilities chiefly using slave labor.

In the early 1990's, a faction within the SSP known as Solar Warden slowly began to go against the ICC, allying with a group of highly evolved extraterrestrials known as the Sphere Being Alliance in 2012. Since then, more factions have joined the alliance which is actively working to free humanity on Earth and beyond, known as the SSP Alliance. Despite their good intentions, the SSP Alliance is a group of highly damaged and morally ambiguous individuals, according to Goode, that recognize at some level the need to change the status quo, but are hardly angels.

The Sphere Beings are a group of five extraterrestrial races, one of which is known as the Blue Avians, that arrived in the solar system during the late 1980's. Two of the races remain unrevealed; however, there is also a race of Golden Triangle Head beings and Blue Orb beings made of light. Over the course of 20 years, they began bringing massive spheres into the solar system and surrounding area, some which are the size of Jupiter. This is in an effort to down-step galactic energy waves, which are slowly changing life as we know it. These spheres are cloaked and not detectable by the surface population of Earth.

According to the Sphere Beings, a massive shift in energetic expression is now occurring in the solar system, as the result of a natural process of consciousness evolution, assisted by our solar system's movement through the galaxy and increasingly coherent energy fields encountered as a result. The Sphere Being Alliance specifically asked for Goode to represent them in SSP Alliance meetings as a Sphere Being Alliance delegate. Presently, the SSP Alliance is negotiating with the remaining cabal aligned programs, as well as innumerable races that have lived in the solar system for millions of years, and even breakaway civilizations once resident on the Earth's surface. The Sphere Beings have erected an energy barrier around the solar system preventing ingress and egress, trapping many of the negatively oriented groups that have been loosely allied with the secret Earth government syndicates for thousands of years. Since this event, the pyramid of power known on Earth known as the Cabal or Illuminati has fallen into disarray, because the Draco Alliance attempted to betray their underlings to the Sphere Beings in an attempt to gain passage out of the solar system and escape the coming justice of the SSP Alliance.

SSP factions encountered many intriguing things as they ventured out into the solar system. Apparently there are remnants of extremely old settlements and technology from what is called the Ancient Builder Race. These beings were incredibly advanced, using a type of consciousness technology that appears to be an inanimate object until activated by a user. They are also responsible for building ancient stargates found on nearly every major body in the solar system. According to the Agarthans, the Sphere Beings are in fact the Ancient Builder Race, although the SSP has yet to confirm this directly from them.

The dark side of the Moon is home to many different groups, including the ICC, the Draco Alliance, the SSP Alliance, the Dark Fleet, and more. The Moon is apparently an artificial object, and has become a neutral zone for all of these groups, which have maintained a peaceful armistice for thousands of years. The Moon serves as an observational outpost for over 60 groups of extraterrestrial races engaged in 22 genetic programs and social experiments on Earth. Some of these programs conflict with each other, yet all of them have influenced Earth's history for millennia.
Related David Wilcock and Corey Goode: History of the Solar System and Secret Space Program - Notes from Consciousness Life Expo 2016

William Tompkins is another insider who spent decades in the secret space program, helping to brief high-level military assets and their children. He recently released the book, Selected by Extraterrestrials, which prominent researcher Dr. Michael Salla has been featuring on his site Again, Tompkins testimony is vast, but it generally agrees with the narrative summarized above as provided by Goode. 

Once one fully comprehends the narrative being put forth by insiders, a new perspective on science fiction begins to emerge.

The following is a discussion and analysis of military protocols, infrastructural makeup, strategic objectives and rationale, and how this is echoed within works of fiction, as it relates to the topic of space stations. It should become clear that elements of insider testimony strongly correlate with what is presented below. 

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The same justifications and reasons for producing space stations or massive spacecraft capable of acting as battle stations are exemplified within works of science fiction. Consider the following episode of Cosmic Disclosure wherein the Dark Fleet is described, a malevolent and imperialistic organization working with the Draco to conquer other worlds. 

Related Cosmic Disclosure Season 4 - Episode 6: The Dark Fleet - Summary and Analysis | Corey Goode and David Wilcock

Given that an innumerable amount of predictive programming or soft disclosure already exists within works of fiction, most notably in relation to the September 11th, 2001 WTC attacks, it stands to reason that an enormous amount of disclosure is also taking place in the media under the guise of fiction.
- Justin

Source - Future War Stories

by William

Wars are often waged far from home, making logistics an important element in warfighting. This supply-train will be extended from miles to lightyears with the advent of war in other solar systems. Back on Terra, military organizations, especially navies, have constructed bases around the globe to allow for shorter, more effective logistics and power projection. In space, the need will be the same, and one answer provided by fiction and reality is the space station. In this blogpost, FWS will examine the military space station in sci-fi, as well as in reality and in history.

What a Space Station Means to Space Travel and the Starflung Military
Right now, there are two space stations orbiting our blue marble, the ISS and the Chinese Tiangong 1. These stations are places of testing the effects of micro-gravity on the human body and other Terrestrial lifeforms, being labs in space, and platform for testing equipment in the rigors of space. While the ISS is a place of the global community cooperating on forwarding science, it is a safe port for humans in space. One of the original ideas for the space station by Wernher Von Braun was to be a launching pad for a manned mission to Luna and Mars. Having a space station would allow easier access to the solar system, and less taxing launching for deep space missions. If and when we go to Mars, it has been proposed that a space station be constructed there, to extend the safe ports of humanity, allowing for deeper reach. One after another, a string of space stations will connect Earth to the outer reaches of the Sol System and beyond. Space Stations can also be a common meeting place, a waystation, like Babylon 5, for more empty sectors of space. Another element of the importance of space stations is that they are a way of bring our atmospheric conditions to the cosmos. Consider that we have yet to find a Terran atmospheric standard world out there, and space stations could be the only way to bring humanity to the stars until we locate and conquer an Earth-like world. What about the importance of space stations for the future spacefaring military? Like naval ports and international military bases, the military space station will be to extend the range of their military units, easier mobilization, colonial defense, and projecting power/ownership of outer space real estate. We could see space stations be divided, with one portion being civilian and another being military. 

The Battle Station vs. the Military Space Station

Terminology can be so much fun, especially in the genre of science fiction! One term that parallels the military space station is the "battle station" or "mobile assault platform". While classically, the space station is a stationary object in the black (hence the name), the battle station is a mobile military space station that is designed to be easily transported from hotspot to hotspot and is armed for combat and defensive operations.This build-in mobile ability and armament sets the battle station from the space station. These battle-stations are considered by some to be the largest military spacecraft in fictional space navies, and while armed against attack (just not X-Wings piloted by newbie Jedi farm boys), the battle station do need support for their naval brethren, because the primary role of the massive constructions is planetary domination and power projection across a star system, not spacecraft engagements. While these combat space stations are mobile and even FTL capable, the amount of power needed is enormous. All of these factors add up to be a healthy sum of money, and some might view the cheaper, less mobile space station as a cheaper alternative...unless they are planning on blowing up planets. The advantage of the battle station is that it can be moved to the site of operation, and offer a great range of services to the taskforce and its personnel, like R&R, drydock, and larger medical facilities. Examples of these battle stations are the Fleet Battle Station from Starship Troopers (SST) or the Zentraedi Fulbtzs Berrentzs Battle Station. Another good example, that is non-military, is the Endurance from Interstellar.  

The Role of  the Military Space Station

  • Warehouse: Any military operation is going to require logistical support, especially in the far reaches of interstellar space. Much like the Federation Starbases, the military space station allows for our future military organization to have a safe port to gather supplies away from the frontlines. Commercial vessels would use the military space station as a hub to deliver their cargo, instead of attempting to meet the warship in unprotected space. This warehouse-in-space would also be a range extender for the supply chain to deep space military units. 
  • Oasis: Serving on board a ship, either now, in the future, or even the past, crews need a change of scenery from the drab grey bulkheads and endless blackness. Military space stations need a place where they could relax, get a drink, met new people, take advantage of rec centers, the merchants, and each other. Just think of how nice it was when you were playing Mass Effect to come back to the Citadel, or that speech from Romilly in Interstellar when he talked about missing green. 
  • RV Point:  Military space stations could also be seen as a common assembly point for a massive military operations, as was the case with Starbase 375 during Operation: RETURN from ST:DS9 or the Fleet battle stations from SST. These space stations would be the central hub for the assembled units and serve these vessels and soldiers in a secure location. 
  • Strike Base: To borrow a phrase from Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, space is big, really big, and the realistic distances between targets could be massive. Much like the RV point role, the military space station could also be a strike base for rapid response units, like the space forts from Enemy Mine. If you place your space fortress near an area of threat, you can rush forces there much quicker than coming dozens or hundreds of light years to get there. This reason is more concrete when we consider the horror of light speed travel and time dilation, if there is no soft sci-fi hyper drive to save us from that consideration. Much of the space stations in The Forever War, these strike bases would be within "local time" of the enemy.  
  • Symbol of Power and Ownership: The military space station is a great way of saying "that I own this and this is mine because I put this space station here". When planted around a planet or within a star system, the military space station symbolizes your government's authority and power over this area of space. This also forms an anchor for your claim and a target for your enemies.  
  • Drydock/Repair station: Along with getting a beer, a tattoo, some more MREs, and some strange; the military space station will be a place to repair your battered warship. As seen in Star Trek, orbital space installations could offer drydock repair facilities for everything from a simple 3,000 lightyear tune-up or replacing whole sections of your starship after some superman from the 20th century tried to take revenge for the death of his beloved wife.
  • Headquarters: There are a number of works that project that future military organizations will make their primary HQ on a military space station, or even a regional HQ given that space is big...really big. A military spacefaring organization could construct military space stations, like Starbases, to be the regional or sector command base for operations.  
  • Hospital: Much like major urban medical centers with more extensive services and ability than the smaller regional hospitals, the same will be true in space. Smaller military outposts or even warships will not offer the medical facilities that a military space station will, and this makes the military space station a busy central hub during times of conflict with patients being shipped back to the space station trauma centers. This was well done in the 1997 Starship Troopers film and in Enemy Mine.       
The Military Space Station as an Invasion Platform
Some sci-fi creators envisioned the military space station as a mobile platform for planetary invasions or even extensive operations in a certain star system. We have seen this with the Tet from Oblivion and the Fleet Battle station Ticonderoga from SST. Unlike a space naval taskforce, which mostly likely would have the space combat equivalent of an amphibious landing assault ship, the space station would serve as a the keystone for the invasion, offering greater services and abilities to the ground forces dirtside.

Consider that these invasion space station platforms could have first-rate medical services, on-demand manufacturing, R&R services, docking stations, and greater space for supplies and equipment. Of course, the bitch of the thing would be transporting the space station to the objective and the expense of construction and maintenance.  The other element to consider is a hostile space station in orbit over the planetary combat theater would be a juicy target for the defenders. A good clean KEW hit or even a smuggled nuke could destroy the station and take thousands of lives with it...not to mention the overall invasion operation.

Real-World Military Space Stations

USSR ALMAZ (1973-1976)

During the Cold War, there was a real concern that space would be the ultimate battlefield. The Soviet Union wanted to put up battle stations, spaceplanes, and even develop laser pistol technology. The first step was the Soviet Union "Almaz" stations and they were the only official military space stations ever put up into orbit...and they were short lived. This was developed during the icy portion of the Cold War and the Space Race. These Almaz stations were an answer to the American MOL program, and Almaz was designed to be long-term, with crews rotated in and out like a normal space station. However, this space station was devoted to surveillance and possible engagement of hostile spacecraft and satellites with an custom-designed 23mm cannon or even space-to-space rockets. Added to these defensive system, a specially developed two KEW space cannon was constructed but never deployed. During the the 1970's, several Alamz stations were sent into orbit, but technical issues and the advancement of spy satellite technology caused cancellation. Only three crews successful manned the Almaz stations, and by 1977, the Alamz program was closed down.

USAF MOL Space Station (1969 Cancelled)
 In 1960, the first spy satellites was deployed CORONA and the poor quality of these spy photos caused attempts by the Soviets and Americans to put "astro-spy platforms" into space. While the Soviets were somewhat successful with their military space stations, the US effort under the CIA and USAF was cancelled before the Apollo landings. In the 1960's, the CIA and USAF recruited their own astronaut corps and designed their own spacecraft that could conduct missions in space ranging from surveillance to capturing USSR spy stations.
That military surveillance space stations was called Manned Orbiting  Laboratory or MOL and it was based on the Gemini spacecraft. If successful, the Gemini B spacecraft would have been conducting missions over 40 days with extended support systems. The MOL platforms would have also been used in conjunction with the Astronaut Propulsion Unit (like the MMU) that could have allowed military astronauts to inspect Soviet spy satellites. To protect the program, the US government called the program MOL and told the public of military astronauts conducting military tasks in micro-gravity. The real story was for the MOL to be an astro-spy platform, taking photos of the Soviets and the Warsaw Pact. Once the mission was over, the Gemini capsule would detach from the lab module, reentry while the module would burn up in the atmosphere. MOL was known by the KGB and there was effort to keep tabs on the program, and they developed their own military surveillance platform, ALMAZ.     

USAF/NASA Freedom (1980's-1990's Cancelled) In the 1960's, NASA began a plan to construct an reusable space plane that could truck items into space and construct a space station. By the time of the Nixon Administration, the Space Shuttle was the only thing given funding, and the space station was put on hold. In the 1980's, the Reagan Administration took a renewed interest in manned space flight, and in the 1984 State of the Union speech, Reagan asked for a US space station. By 1988, the dual-keel space station design was re-branded "Freedom", and sold to the American public. This would finally make a reality the original role of the Space Shuttle. Freedom would have been home to both NASA operations and the US Air Force. According to some proposals, the USAF would have several modules to work in and used the Shuttle for transportation. This would not be the first time a piece of NASA hardware would be used for the US military; Shuttle Atlantis was often used by the US military. When Freedom was cancelled due to cost overruns, the USAF lost their foothold. Much of the research was folded into the ISS.

USAF SDI Space Station (1980's Cancelled)
During President Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI or Star Wars), there was many mad ideas floating around popular media. I can remember reading about SDI and how the US Air Force and NASA would be working on putting up all manner of weapon satellites to defend us against the Reds. Against their better wishes, NASA was going to allow the USAF to use the shuttles to truck some elements of SDI into orbit. There was even discussion of USAF exclusive spacecrafts to serve the SDI platforms. Added to this was the idea of a military-only space station that allowed crews access to the platforms and to have an in-space lab for military experiments and repair. This idea was thrown around, and one name I can remember was "monitor", but it was all for nothing...the USAF space station was axed along with all of SDI in the 1990's. 

From the Fox Mulder Corner: The Rumored US Military Secret Space Station During the apex of the Space Race, there were rumors of a secret American space program. During the 1960's, the US Air Force, there was indeed a military space program that was intended to operate orbital surveillance stations, like the MOL of the late 1960's. While this program was cancelled, there are still rumors. One of these states that this Black Space Program has off-world installations, space fleets, and even their own space station. Pictures of bad quality have been taken, and shown as evidence. Some believe that the robotic space shuttle, the Boeing X-37 has been taken as proof of a complex military space program. Others believe that the secret space station is connected to what British hacker Gary McKinnon found on secure government databases about off-world soldiers and space fleets. 

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Civilians on Military Space Stations
 The majority of military space stations we've seen in sci-fi are populated with civilians. Either as family, traders, independent contractors, private military, or even simple businessmen; we see civilians on those tin-cans. I was reminded of this while watching episodes of B5 and DS9, and I could not help but think of Clerks. Civilians, human or alien, always bring another element to the lives of military personnel. This has been seen on the massive military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, where contractors perform all manner of jobs and duties. Hell, I nearly was one of them in 2009, when I nearly accepted a job to go to Afghanistan. Of course, the risk is greater for these civilians. When these stations are attacked, the civilians are at risk, and the military has to protect them as their tin-can is being attacked. So, I guess Clerks was right...the personal politics of the civilian does come into effect on military space installations.

Science Fiction and the Military Space Station

Space stations have been appearing in science fiction since nearly the beginning of the genre in the late 19th century, and have remained a popular setting for (mis)adventures ever since. While space stations are popular and well represented in sci-fi, the military space station is less so, but two of the most popular science fiction televisions of the 1990's were both set on mixed use military-ran space stations: DS9 and B5. Military space stations are used by creators to allow military units to gather, soldiers to have shore leave, and to demonstrate the power and technology of the setting. Some of these military outposts are designed specifically for the sole use of the military, but most are mixed use like we've seen in Babylon 5 and Mass Effect.
These mixed use military space stations allow creators an active, more dynamic setting to put their characters into, and allows other elements to make contact with the characters. This is seen time and time again in Deep Space 9Babylon 5, and Mass Effect. Military space stations are also a target. In some works, the primary objective is to knock out the military space station, which at times, is the primary headquarters of the space military organization, like the Lysian Central Command in the TNG episode "Conundrum" or the K'titrak Mang from Wing Commander II. At other times, military space stations can be the "dead-end" to some military personnel's careers, or the frontier outpost or even entry "port authority" stations run by in-system "coast guard" units. It is often that these frontier outposts are the first contact with hostile alien civilizations as seen in the HALO universe. 


Fleet Battlestation Ticonderoga from the Starship Troopers film While nearly every element of the 1997 SST mission has been picked apart and analyzed, the massive battle-stations, like the Ticonderoga, have not been, and they a damned interesting element within the SST film universe. The Fleet battle station is an FTL capable mobile space station specially designed to be a harbor, RV point, and support hub for Fleet and MI operations. Given the situation in the film it is likely that the Fleet battle stations were an outgrowth of the Bug Wars, and constructed specially for service along the Arachnid Quarantine Zone. As evidenced in the film, the battle stations seem to allow for rapid incursions into Arachnid space and are an assembly point for Fleet and MI personnel. It is also a place for getting a drink, a tattoo, and getting in a fight. After the disastrous battle of Klendathu, the Ticonderoga became a mass-causality center. While being featured in one of the most powerful and moving scenes in the film, the Ticonderoga is barely talked about in the film itself and on SST websites.
Federation Starbases from the Star Trek Universe
The term "star base" has been around since the 1944 short story "Star Base X" by  R.M. Williams, but it was Star Trek that propelled the term into the collective knowledge of the public. In the ST universe, the Starbase is an off-world installation operated by Starfleet that are designed for a number of purposes and roles. By the 24th century, Starfleet had over 700 Starbases of various sizes, capabilities, and operational environments. There has been some confusion with the regards to the number of Starbases. Over 700 is a massive number, and a massive jump from the less than two dozen seen in TOS.  I am not 100% sure that these Federation off-world installation are numbered in sequence. The numbering system could be like interstellar zip codes or area codes. Then we have the Starbases that carry specific names, like Sierra, Montgomery, or Earhart. Why the difference? No one is quite sure. While it is certainly a mistake by the scriptwriters, why did producers let it slide? Is there a reason? I like that it could be that the Federation names a select few Starbases for individuals. 
Some Starbases are massive orbital installations designed to support Starships and interstellar travel and trade, like Starbase One in orbit around Terra (AKA Spacedock) and Starbase 74. Others are mere planetary surface bases with a few buildings and landing platforms, or are massive urban structures with state-of-the-art facilities, like Starbase 515. Much like size, these Starbases vary in services and mission. Some are designed to beef up Federation present on colonies or on member worlds. Others are to be a frontier outpost, delivering services to the wilderness. However, most Starbases are not designed solely for military purposes, but can be during times of crisis. Starbases are not the only space stations operated by Starfleet.
There is the little matter of the Deep Space Stations and what the hell they are. In ST lore, there are several Deep Space stations, and the Gods-of-Trek have not informed us why some Federation space stations are named "Deep Space X" instead of "Starbase XYZ." My theory is that the key difference in Deep Space Stations and the normal Starbases is location, role, and geography. Deep Space Stations are located well away from Federation territory, like Bajor, and are designed to be a frontier outpost with all manner of support facilities, along with being an establishing factor for commerce, and they seem to be space stations (unlike Starbases). It could be that the Deep Space designation is retired after the borders and boundaries of the Federation catch up to the DS station, and they become then a numbered Starbase.   

Terok Nor from ST:DS9
During the Cardassian occupation of Bajor, the Terok Nor space station in orbit around the planet was the center of the Cardassian occupation and a symbol of the rape of Bajor and her people. Terok Nor was a major ore processing station that took the mineral of Bajor and processed them of off-world transport by the Cardassian Union. The history of the station altered in 2369, when the occupation of Bajor was ended by the Cardassians, and the provisional government of Bajor asked the Federation for help in reconstruction. Terok Nor was an asset that the Bajor government wanted to hang onto, but needed Federation help in restoring and running. That lead to Terok Nor translation from mining station to Starfleet frontier outpost Deep Space 9. Much like the Babylon 5 Station, Deep Space Nine was at the center of many of the events in galaxy during the 2370's. Deep Space Nine itself was a battleground many times during the Klingon-Federation War and the Dominion Wars. There is little information about the station after the war, and some sources claim that the station was moved back into orbit over Bajor. While Babylon 5 was more successful at incorporating the space station into the overall story of the universe at first, DS9 would come into its own around the time the Dominion showed up. Terok Nor would go on to become one of the iconic space stations of science fiction.

The Babylon 5 Station from Babylon 5
One of the most iconic and well known sci-fi space stations was the Babylon Station from 1990's television series Babylon 5. Constructed in neutral territory after the bloody Minbari-Earth War, the five-mile long O'Neil cylinder space station was developed to be a place of peaceful exchange, trade, and diplomacy, not war. Despite its mission of peace, the B5 station was run by EarthForce and protected by three squadron of Star Fury space fighters. Out of the quarter-of-a-million population, 2,000 were EarthForce personnel. Throughout the series, the Babylon station was at the center of most of the major events of history during the 2250's and 2260's, and the mission of the station switched from peace to victory during the Crisis in the Earth Alliance, the Shadow War, and the Narn-Centauri War. Unlike DS9, the Babylon station was so massive that the lower special effects budget could not allow for the true grandeur of the station to be seen. Some effects shots were done showing the cylinder-shaped world of B5, but mostly we saw coordinators, matte paintings, and the Zocalo. Babylon 5 is often said to be the way to center a fictional world and work around a space station. 

The UNSC Orbital Defense Platforms from HALO 2 and HALO: Reach
Towards the end of the Human-Covenant War, the UNSC constructed the orbital defense platforms that were completely developed around their massive Magnetic Accelerator Cannons (MAC). These MAC stations were intended to knock out alien capital ships with a one-punch killer blow. According to background material, the MAC cannon can fire an 3,000 pound KE tungsten round at 4% of light speed. This force can easily punch through the shielding of two to three Covenant warships. While little more than space artillery stations, the MAC platforms  did have crew habitats and the living spaces were seen in some in depth during the first part of HALO 2.  During the battle of Reach and the battle of Earth in 2552, MAC platforms were front-and-center during the battle in space. 

Gateway Station from ALIENS
When Ripley is recovered from her shuttlecraft, she brought to the massive Gateway Station in orbit around Terra. For the first act of the film, Gateway is the main stage for Ripley learning about her present, her past, and her dim future. Gateway Stations seems to be a massive modular installation that hosts American military elements, Mercy hospital, along with ICC, and the colonial admin. In the script, Gateway Station was called "sprawling complex of modular habitats", and was originally called "Earth Station Beta" in the 1983 script by Cameron, and was to serve as a reminder to Ripley and the audience of how long Ripley had be floating out in the cold void of space. Gateway station was designed by Robert Skotak, and it was part model and part matte painting with recycled ships from Gerry Anderson's Terrahawks. Gateway Station was seen again in the Dark Horse's 1990 ALIENS comic series. The station served as an refugee center for people able to get off of Earth during the global xenomorph infestation. This is where Ripley, Newt, and Hicks are reunited, and they plan the mission to the xenomorph homeworld to aliennap the Queen Mother Alien. 

The Imperial Death Star Battle Station from Star Wars
There are no military space stations on this list that are as well known or powerful than the Star Wars Death Stars. In the first iconic film, we see a mobile battle station that can and does destroy entire planets with one zap from it mega-laser and is the very symbol of the Empire. This megastructure is the size of a moon, staffed with over one million Imperial military personnel, and requires more power than entire settled planets. The Death Star was intended to be the symbol of the power and strength of the Empire, bullying worlds into remaining loyal to the Sith-led Empire.
However, the Death Star is completely bat-shit insane. Consider the amount of money it took to construct, staff, and operate this military space stations... no wonder there was an Rebel Alliance. It wasn't the tyrannic rule of the Imperial, it was the bloody taxes to pay for the thing that got people pissed off! Then there is it size. With it being 160 kilometers in size, means its surface area would be 14 million square miles...those elevators must be faster than an attack fighter, and the power source would have to be a sun... making the Death Star an Dyson Sphere! Of course, to blow up a planet, you would need an sun to power the death-beam.
Beside the extreme cost and greedy power demands, there is the military purpose to the Death Star. Originally, the Death Star battle station was developed to be the symbol of the Sith and their rule over the galaxy through fear of being zapped like Alderaan. Again, this makes no sense. Blowing up planets is an extreme decision, and the effect would be crushing on the star system and the economics of the galaxy. So, if the blowing up your planet is the last resort...why else would have this thing? The massive super star destroyer class is basically a mobile battle station with massive amount of capability and firepower with the cost of the Death Star? 

Lysian Central Command from the ST:TNG Episode "Conundrum"
 One of the most "alien" looking military space stations comes to us from the rather good TNG episode "Conundrum". When the crew of the D gets their memories suppressed, a hostile Satarran shapeshifter poses a Starfleet officer, and steers the D into his people's mortal enemy: the Lysians. Both the Satarrans and the Lysians were similar in technological level, and the war was dragging, the Satarrans cook up this plan to have the Enterprise crew believe that they were at war with the Lysians, and that the Enterprise mission was to destroy the headquarters of the Lysian Alliance: an massive military space station.  However, the Federation were vastly superior, and a single photon torpedo could finish off their space-based orbital command center, killing 15,000 Lysian military personnel. Lucky, the crew stops McDuff, and the central command remains undamaged. While some arresting visuals, the Lysian central command is a interesting example of an alien military space station. 

The "Fort" Space Stations for the Hornorverse
 Military space stations are key element and set piece for the Honor Harrington novels. These stations, or "forts", where placed in key strategic points, like an important planet, star systems, or even wormhole burn-out sites. This was seen with the heavy space fort presence around the Manticore wormhole junction. While forts were fitted with defensive and offensive systems, they were beefed up with laser platforms that added to the defensive profile of the station. Often forts are on the frontlines of any space battle, given their placement near wormhole sites. Taking the space fort is often one of the primary goals of any attack force. This is one of those series that enjoys using military space stations in all situations. 

The BTA Military Space Fortress from Enemy Mine 
In the year 2092, the human is united under the BTA in the conquest of space, but the best interstellar real estate is already claimed by an alien race, the Drac. This starts a war that is waged in deep space, far away from Terra and Dracon. The BTA constructs ringed military space fortresses that are the forward operating base of this war. Both human and Drac deploy space fighters, and our film opens with the Drac launching a strike on the unnamed BTA space fortress. We know very little about the setting of the film before the laser bolts start flying. This example of an military space station is interesting, because the BTA uses these ringed stations like a spacecraft carrier, along with being a typical space station... however, I also have another theory about these space fortresses. During a rewatch of Enemy Mine for this blogpost, I think we maybe seeing the end of the war, rather than the beginning. I think these ringed space stations were positioned on the border between the system the BTA had wrestled away from the Drac, and were meant to keep our liberated worlds.  The Drac fighter strike at the beginning of the 1985 film is an attempt to dislodge the BTA hold on some contested solar system. Another theory is that these BTA space forts were mobile, and the four cones along the axis were, in fact, rocket boosters. I am not sure and there is so little to go on here, but they are an intriguing space station. 

The Citadel from the Mass Effect Universe
 One of the most celebrated, iconic, and lovingly designed space stations in all of science fiction is the Citadel from the Mass Effect universe. It is a marvel to behold, and a designation that I always look forward to seeing and experiencing. While the Citadel is not a strictly military space station, it is the center of the galaxy political structure and there is a heavy military presence from every member and non-member state of the Citadel Council. Some of the key battles of the Mass Effect series have been wage around the Citadel station or even over it. During the Reaper Invasion, the Citadel was bastion of shelter from the storm. 

The Forerunner Installations from the HALO Universe

There are few space stations in science fiction that are as monstrous as the Halo mega-structure rings or as powerful. Designed to be both the destroyer and savior, the Halo Rings were the last, best hope for victory against the flood 100,000 years ago. In the first HALO game, we all learned the horrifying truth...that the Halo Rings were to destroy all higher ordered life to starve out the Flood. Each installation had an effective range of 25,000 light years, causing there to be 12 scattered around the galaxy. When the parasite was dead, the Halo rings were to seeded life on several worlds where it was beginning to prosper. These races became us and the alien races of the Covenant. Much more than a weapon, the Halo rings were a research lab to study the Flood, and holding center for the seeds of new life.   

Phoenix Station of the CDF from the Old Man's War Universe
 The Colonial Defense Force and the Colonial Union are both based around the primary human colony of Phoenix. The heart of the CDF is the in-orbit military installation, Phoenix Station. Several of the Old Man's War pivotal scenes in the series take place onboard the massive station, and the station continues to be a center point of the Old Man's War universe.  In the original book, it is described as a massive station with hundreds of ships surrounding it, and some of the characters talk about the station being the center of the human universe. Here is were newly minted CDF soldiers are brought to, and where the fate of the Colonial Union is decided as well. The station is well known for having a great burger place as well as state-of-the-art research facilities.

The Zentraedi Fulbtzs Berrentzs Battle Station from the ROBOTECH Universe
The very heart of Zentraedi is an military space battle station that is an mass of organic technology wrapped in an mountain shape. This 900 mile battle station is foldable and is the headquarters of the Zentraedi people, along with the home of Supreme Command Dolza. Armed to the teeth with thousands of missile launchers and DE cannons, it is also home to hundred of thousands of troops and mechs. More than just an mobile headquarters, the Fulbtzs Berrentzs is also the primary cloning facility and does have the ability to create warships via cellular mitosis construction. During the final battle with the Earth forces and the rebel Zentraedi, Dolza ordered all of the Zentraedi 4+ million warships to Terran space to whipe the planet clean of life. At the center of the storm of alien warships was the command base of the Zentraedi people. During the final battle of the 1st Robotech War, the SDF-1 gained access via the Daedalus protocol, and unleashed reflex warhead missiles inside the command base primary spacedock. The command base ripped itself apart, and the resulting explosion created collateral damage to the surrounding warships. Without the command HQ, the rest of the loyal Zentraedi were in chaos, allowing the battle to be won...but at a horrible price. 

Battle School Station from Ender's Game 
Battle School, the space-based military academy, that trains the next-generation of military commanders. To encourage the next generation, Battle School features a massive micro-gravity arena that allows the teams (armies) of Battle School to engage in force-on-force training. These games are one of the key social outlets of the academy and some of the best scenes in the book/movie. In the 2013 film adaptation, Battle School was moved from the asteroid belt to Earth orbit, but the harshness of the Battle School society and training is the same. Since the release of Ender's Game, Battle School has become of the most well known examples of an military space station.

The Space Fortresses from Legends of the Galactic Heroes
 In the Japanese military sci-fi book series that was adapted into anime, the Legends of the Galactic Heroes has their own type of military space stations: the space fortress. Some of the space fortresses are tradition space station designs, like Garmisch, while others are more unique and giants in mass. Some of the Imperial space forts are massive, like 40 trillion tons for Geiersburg Fortress which can hold up to 16,000 warships! To protect these larger space fortresses, they are equipped with massive out-power lasers and surrounded in liquid metal shielding. Much like many of the military space stations, these space fortresses are targeted during operations, and considered to be prizes for the enemy force. The liquid metal shielding is unique and gets these space station an original look.

The Ragnar Anchorage Ammunition Reserve Station from Battlestar Galactica
 During the Cylon Wars, the Colonial Fleet constructed a number of space-based warehouses for critical military supplies. Ragnar Anchorage ammunition reserve was one, and it played an important part for the exodus of the Galactica and the civilian fleet. This ringed stations was constructed in the upper atmosphere of the gas giant Ragnar on the edge of the Cyrannus quad-star mega-system;s gamma/delta stars. With the Galactica being retrofitted into a museum, the weapon stores were emptied, and to protect the fleet, the Ragnar station became the logical site for the last stop before jumping past the red line. Given that Galactica was an older, original battlestar, the out-dated ammunition stored at Ragnar was prefect for the BSG-075.   

The Robotech Masters' Factory Satellite from the ROBOTECH Universe

The Robotech factory satellite is in some ways the football of the ROBOTECH universe. This massive mostly automated military space factory installation was originally organically constructed around an asteroid by the Robotech Masters around the year 1760 AD. In 1807 AD,  the factory satellite was given to their warrior slaves, the Zentraedi. For a great deal of time, the factory satellite assembled a variety of mecha, fighters, and warships for the Zentraedi and their wars. After the destruction of the majority of the Zentraedi armada during the final battle over Earth, the factory satellite became one of the few remaining Zentraedi military bases still under Zentraedi control and operation.
That changed in 2013 AD, when a small force of allied Zentraedi and Terran fighters attacked and secured the factory satellite, folding it back to Terran space. In orbit of Terra, the factory satellite became the primary military construction site and the shipyard that gave birth to the SDF-2 and SDF-3. The majority of the REF Pioneer mission mecha, ships, and fighters were assembled at the orbital factory. After the chaos of the Robotech Masters' invasion and the Invid, the fate of the factory satellite is unknown. Some believe that it was folded away to a secure location, others believe that pirates took the station during the chaos. Others say that the factory satellite was folded to the location of the REF and it became the construction yards for the REF fleet that retook Earth during the 3rd Robotech War.

The ODIN and LOKI Military Space Stations from COD: GHOSTS
 In the so-so 2013 COD: GHOSTS, we see an two military space stations being at the center of the events of the game. In 2017, prior to the game's events, the USAF constructed an orbital weapons platform called ODIN which was modeled after the real-life THOR kinetic bombardment station. Unlike the THOR, ODIN and LOKI were constructed around a military space station, allowing crews a place to work and maintain the platforms. ODIN was hijacked by the South American Federation just as the station was coming on-line, the Federation was successful in launching the kinetic "rods-from-god" down on the United States. In one day, the US went from Superpower to 3rd World nation. In 2027, the Federation constructed their own ODIN, called LOKI, which was another kinetic bombardment station. Not learning their lesson, the US deployed space soldiers to take LOKI and use it to destroy the Chile Federation base and the Federation navy. While sort of stupid, it was cool to finally play a space combat level in COD, even if it reminded me of Moonraker.

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