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Yugoslavian space program?

Updated on August 7, 2012

Did Yugoslavia help Americans built space program?

A few weeks ago has appeared online for the film "Houston, We Have a Problem", which is done "storm" in all republics of the former Yugoslavia. In just one day events has attracted over 200,000 people. Also is interesting to read the "expert" opinions of people around the forums around ex Yugoslavia.

Namely, that Tito and Yugoslavia during the Cold War with the help of secret recordings of Herman Potocnik develop its own space program in a secret underground center named "Object 505" base in the famous "Deljava" in Bihac. In 1961, Tito sold the U.S. program and allow them to be in the race to conquer space, then death overtake an enemy of the USSR and the first flight to the Moon.

I really look forvard to see this film, because author claims that he has a lot of proofs that this was real... Well, the response was so intense, so euphoric and so global that they can only say: screening test was successful.

Houston, we have a problem!" (Yugoslavian space program) trailer

What author have to say

Docudrama revealing one of the biggest secrets of space race during cold war - Yugoslavian space programme.

"Yugoslavs made rapid development based on unknown diaries of Yugoslav space pioneer Herman Potocnik - Noordung after 2nd world war. Technical solutions described in Potocnik's unpublished papers were the basis for establishing secret Yugoslav space

programme in 1948, after Josip Broz Tito's conflict with Stalin.

In late 1960, CIA discovered that Yugoslavia already had an operational space-flight technology.

In March 1961 Yugoslavia secretly sold complete space programme to USA.

In May 1961, Kennedy announced USA choose to go to the Moon.

In this documentary we will reveal how Tito built the biggest secret underground space centre in Europe in army base Zeljava with code name "Object 505".

Researched and written by Bostjan Virc

Directed and co-written by Ziga Virc

Production Studio Virc

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Interview with Ziga Virc

Interview with Ziga Virc, creator of "Houston, We Have a Problem!" trailer for his alleged documentary on socialist Yugoslavia's secret space program supposedly sold to the US in 1961.

Fascinated by what I had thought was Virc's ingenious fake trailer for a fake documentary, I contacted him with a list of pre-written questions, some of them being rather surreal in nature. His answers may surprise you, though.

Has anyone from CIA contacted you yet?

CIA hasn't contacted us yet.

Are you in possession of any secret documents or evidence that might jeopardize the United States or any other country? Have you considered collaborating with WikiLeaks?

As our project is still developing, we're constantly receiving new information from various sources which we still need to confirm. At this stage of research we're open for any sources that can help the story/film only. However, we are filmmakers and by this we are only interested in making a film that audience might find intriguing. We are not involved with politics as authors.

Did the Yugoslav space program have anything to do with the deaths in the Kennedy family? Was Marshal Tito personally responsible for the assassination of JFK?

This topic is not relevant for our film, therefore I do not have an answer to that.

Any chance Tito's partisans were in possession of a space program during World War Two? Weren't they in reality the ones responsible for Hitler's death, striking him with a laser beam from the moon?

Again, this topic is not relevant for our film, therefore I do not have an answer to that.

We call this project docudrama and we made a trailer, which consists of information we could gather so far. Docudrama means the film will be based on true events and archives, but we might not get the archives or evidence for some parts and we'll have to do some dramatisation (as this is usual in documentaries about real crime scenes, for instance).

Right now we can say 90% of facts are confirmed - for instance Slovene Herman Potocnik - Noordung, whose book "The problem of space travel" was a basis for establishing the rocket programme in Nazi Germany and later in NASA. We just got a confirmation that photo of Herman Potocnik is still hanging in NASA headquarters. His work was a great inspiration for the Soviet, German and post-1945 USA space program.

The Yugoslav role in space research is definitely the most intriguing for us and there's a lot of work to be done. SFR Yugoslavia had a lot of technical resources for war industry. The biggest underground complex was Ċ½eljava, built as a base for supersonic jets and other high-tech technologies. There are other very interesting facts - for instance, Tito received a stone from the Moon from USA as a souvenir, etc.

Judging from your previous film projects I'd say you are using this genre to get a certain point across? Are you trying to criticize something in particular with regard to former Yugoslavia or is it a critical comment on present day issues?

As always, the basic idea behind my every project is to tell an interesting story that the audience might find interesting. If someone wants to get a certain point across or criticize politics, film might not be the best tool for that. After receiving a lot of positive feedback and contacts for collaboration, I'd say no one finds the story critical in a sensationalistic way.

Your YouTube trailer has gone viral but its claims have been reiterated by various news organizations. Was that your initial intention? What does that say about the state of news media today?

Our initial intention was to present our project that is still in a very early research phase. I have a lot of experience with viral videos but I can honestly say that the best way to make a viral video is not to think about it or plan it as viral. In the past, people tried to make a viral video just for the sake of many views - but usually it didn't work out. If you're sincerely telling your story, the audience will feel that.

What kind of secret information sources have you been using? Can you name some of historians and other experts that you collaborated with on this project?

I'd like to emphasise once again that the film is at an early stage of preproduction. Nevertheless, we decided to go public with it and test the audience reaction. So we're really happy regarding the current feedback as we're putting a lot of effort in this film. At this point it's not really a question of what's true or what's fiction - the only relevant differentiation is what is confirmed and what is not (yet) confirmed.

Therefore we're still looking for people that were in any way connected to our topic - Yugoslavian secret space programme, especially in the 1961 when main events were supposed to happen. As we're in research phase I cannot confirm any of the people involved, since that could have negative influence on our work. We're getting in touch with some people that are interested in helping us but at the same time do not want their names to be made public. Our production is very strict regarding this, but it's all for a good cause.

What is your message to the people who believe your video is a trailer for a real documentary?

Right now approx. 90% of facts in our trailer are confirmed and widely available to check, which is probably a very high percentage of actual facts compared to today's images shown on TV-news. Therefore, I'm sure audience will find it honest and believable.

Gregor Bulc

Will you watch this film?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      can't wait to see this, as it was previously said; yugo nostalgic, nothing wrong with that, this is just one more way to show the world how great we used to be, to bad it ended :(

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      Jan 1980 5 years ago

      If Tito was still alive i think we will live somewhere on Moon :)

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      cajkovska lm 5 years ago

      @Lemming LM: Hehe...:)

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      Lemming LM 5 years ago

      If Tito was still alive we'd be in space by now:)

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      Alenkita1 5 years ago from Slovenia

      Good documentary and a good lense!

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      Angel_Lou 5 years ago

      I've had moments in my past (late 80s and early 90s) I wouldn't want to mention here - they were pure disgrace!

      Nowadays I think - I lived much better in ex-Yugoslavia than I live my life now.

      Call me Yugo-nostalgic; but that's how I feel.

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      zupi 5 years ago


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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes i will

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      JanezKranjski 5 years ago

      Can't wait!

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      Angel_Lou 5 years ago

      Hell yeah, i will!