It's pretty cool to see the remote-controlled remote-piloted drone concept was pioneered way back then.
Also, the "obligatory" CIA-/Wiki-pedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_AQUILINE
A proposal for how to fly 104 people to and from Area 51 for minimal cost: https://www.cia.gov/readingroom/docs/AREA%2051%20AIRCRAFT%20...
It's pretty interesting to see they had ~100 people working at area 51 (9 for Aquiline), and were trying to find the best and most cost effective aircraft to transport them from Vegas to there.
Particularly interesting is the redacted cost line: "* 50 Seats for two months @ $10, 604/mo. Until XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
is in operation"--could this redaction refer to a subway or other tunnel transport system?
It's about the special projects division in Lockheed who developed the U2 and SR71. One of the interesting things was how they were working on UAV (Unmanned Ariel Vehicles) in the 60's.
It's a thrilling read.
The lay public would have not had any inkling of such technology at that time, exacerbating known problems laypeople have with assessing the size and speed of aircraft. They would have been primed to think in terms of extraterrestrial life by a long sci-fi tradition.
Maybe I'm not understanding something.
Edit: actually rereading it I think you're right: seemingly they did plan to use satellites, that's crazy!
What interests me too is the "Handle via" line at the bottom: "BYEMAN-TALENT—KEYHOLE-COMINT
Control Systems Jointly" I wonder what that means?