posted on Jun, 20 2004 @ 07:49 PM
ELECTROCHROMATIC PANELS TESTED
AT AREA 51?
There are quite a number of new technologies being researched,
developed and tested at various leading-edge defense contractor
facilities, for example, at Groom Lake/AREA 51's highly compartmentalized,
multi-faceted conglomerate complexes.
Besides a new generation of VTOL-based UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
- remotely-controlled surveillance platforms, some of which may
be disk-shaped), there are ongoing development and testing of electrochromatic
panels as part of innovations relevant to "daytime-stealth" capabilities.
The electrochromatic panels are comprised of thousands of tiny
sensors that function as video-cameras that take images of background
scenaries, transferring them to the other panels on the other side
of the aircraft. This gives the illusion that the aircraft is almost
transparent. What the ground observer sees is whatever background
images behind (or above) the body of the aircraft that are transposed
to the "observer's" side of the body of the aircraft.
For example, in a recent artist's rendition of a proposed "Stealth
Blimp" (POPULAR SCIENCE), one can see the stars from above (and
behind) the blimp, giving it an illusion of being transparent, and
making detection somewhat difficult.
That an ongoing research, development and testing of such electrochromatic
panels at locations such as at Groom Lake/AREA 51 may be taking
place was first suggested in an article written by aviation writer,
Bill Sweetman (POPULAR SCIENCE - May of 1997).
Coincidentally, after that article (suggesting that Groom Lake/AREA
51 was still abuzz with various projects) appeared on POPULAR SCIENCE
of May, 1997, the June, 1997 issue of POPULAR MECHANICS, in turn,
strangely came out with an article by Jim Wilson suggesting that
Groom Lake/AREA 51's operations were transferred to Green River
missile launch complex in Utah. This was the beginning of the false
rumor that AREA 51 had moved to a new location in Utah.
The Green River missile launch complex right now still appears
to be an old, abandoned site, with nothing visible of any significance.
(As far as Utah is concerned, attention should rather be focused
on DUGWAY PROVING GROUNDS, where lots of innovative programs are
ongoing, for example, leading-edge research on biological-chemical
In the meantime, Groom Lake/AREA 51's conglomerate complex is
abuzz with new programs.
It is estimated that there are still anywhere from 1800 to 2300
defense-contractor employees constantly at work in highly compartmentalized
(reprinted with permission)