posted on Jan, 7 2008 @ 02:31 AM
You can certainly have high tech labs in the middle of everywhere, but you need room to run aircraft.
Many companies have done "skunkworks" type operations in business parks. Here is one example. I met "the electrician to the stars", so to speak.
Basically, this is the guy you would get to set up your power for some supercomputer, weird high tech machine, etc. [Anyone who has hired electrical
contractors knows there are a lot of hacks out there, and you don't want to screw up an expensive project with poor infrastructure.] So this guy
wires up a room in a building with no signage to indicate who occupies it. For some time, nothing out of the ordinary happens. There happened to be a
few homes near the business park. A strange thing started to happen. TV screens would go nuts. Images would move around for no apparent reason. And it
only happened at night. To make a too long story shorter, it turns out in this building was the development team for the first ion implanter. [It's a
nowadays common item in semiconductor foundries. It has a wiki if you need to know more.] A component in an ion implanter is a serious magnet.
Apparently the prototype was not shielded very well and it managed to deflect the CRTs in the residents TVs.
I thought I discovered a skunkworks of sorts in Berkeley. No signs on the building. All sorts of cameras on the outside. Doing a bit of research at
the assessors office, the building turned out to be a blood analysis lab. However, if the lab had rented the building rather than own it, I probably
wouldn't have figured out the function.
There are two very common secure windowless building found in many urban areas, namely building with phone switching equipment and computer server
farms. You don't advertise these buildings since someone bent on sabotage could mess things up.
Here is a building in the middle of everywhere:
Of course, this building screams spook. It is the "blue cube", a military satellite control center.
Nah, I think Area 51 is still "it." You can't do much out in the open.