The problem with your scheme is it lacks "loiter" time. The target picks the time to do a test, so all you can do it wait. With a rocket, you can't
view the base very long.
To do successful surveillance, you need to loiter and not be detected. The rocket would be detected as well as the personal UAV doing orbits over the
base. Remember, these guys have radar and they know a bit about aircraft.
Streaming? To what? The closest cell tower is out near Mercury. They have to use a yagi antenna on the Tikaboo spy cam to stream video. I could of
sworn I had a photo of the yagi, but I guess not. Here is the thread I did on the spy cam:
I don't know how current my info is, but they use or used to use cameraless Blackberries at the NTS with some sort of mark on the phone to indicate
it is one of "their" phones. So some secure facilities can use cellular phones. At Groom, I am told but have no way to verify that they use a pager
system and then call back on a landline. That is, there is no cellular service at Groom. You can hear the digital signals from cell sites when on
TIkaboo, but you can hear so many signals on Tikaboo that you can't say a particular signal relates to a tower at Groom. I have never detected a
pager when scanning from Tikaboo, though again, it is a matter of loiter time or detection. If they know I'm on Tikaboo, they may not use the pager.
It isn't like these people are ignorant of SIGINT.
The RC car scheme is the best. Not streaming of course. There is nothing to stream to. But a RC car would eventually get close to Groom. It can also
carry a heavy payload and it would have some loiter time. Just program a course with GPS guidance and hope they don't do jamming.
Regarding night vision gear. seriously, it is not as good as you think. If you have ever used NV gear, it is low magnification. This is because as you
increase magnification for the same aperture (lens diameter), the light output decreases. Twice the magnification means 1/4th the light. Big glass is
heavy, so it isn't easy to transport on "civilian" aircraft. Now your RC car could get close enough that it doesn't need much magnification. A
simple low light black and white Watec CCD would do the trick, or a EMCCD if you had the money to burn.
You can do quite well in the daytime just shooting using a telescope from Tikaboo Peak.
The July 2010 shoot is easily the best ever published.
Regarding the base being moved, it is a subject that is constantly debunked on ATS. The believers will believe whatever they want, so no use trying to
convince them with facts. However, if you look at panoramas over the years and Google Earth imagery over time, you can easily see that Groom Lake is
expanding all the time. Those that say the base moved have no proof, just a bunch of worthless conspiracy theories no better than the Dulce crap.
DUMBS? Yeah, whatever. The satellite surveillance would detect significant earth movement. There is the fairytale stuff about nuclear powered tunnel
machines that vaporize rock, but that is total crap that doesn't stand up to scientific scrutiny. Going deep underground is just a pain in the arse.
If you have a secure area, all you need is a building. Now hardened facilities is another story, but it is doubtful Groom Lake will ever be bombed.
;-) Note that I have seen dirt haulers leaving Gate 700 when on the NTS, so it isn't like they don't dig dirt around the base. I just suspect they
are hauling toxic laden soil off the base.