posted on Feb, 27 2013 @ 12:07 AM
EIS = environmental impact statement
Aviation Work for Others.
Activities would include increased research, development, and use of aerial platforms at the NNSS. To support these activities, additional facilities
would be required at Desert Rock Airport (hangars, shops, and other buildings occupying approximately 200,000 square feet) and the Area 6 Aerial
Operations Facility (a hangar occupying approximately 20,000 square feet). Additional facilities occupying approximately 5,000 square feet may be
required at other locations to support air operations, including testing of various types of manned and unmanned aerial systems such as small,
remote-controlled, fixed-wing airplanes and helicopters. Research and development would be conducted with unmanned aerial systems to assess and
mitigate operational safety and efficiency issues. In addition, unmanned aerial systems would be tested for a wide variety of potential uses, such as
carrying sensors for collecting environmental data (e.g., multi- and hyperspectral imagery) to be used in digital environmental model development
and for terrain analysis in arid and semiarid regions.
from this document:
This is in the proposed expansion portion of the EIS, but given past performance, they just do what they want and ask for permission later if needed.
[The only thing the DoD wanted to do on the range that got denied in recent history was the Divine Strake test.]
The expansion at Area 6 is probably the more significant part of the quoted text. This implies more UAV testing in this valley just to the north-west
of Groom Lake. The expansion at Desert Rock could be related to other activities on the range, i.e. logistics.
The report also mentions that there will be military training exercises in Areas 19 and 20. No big shock really since there will never be high yield
testing on the NTS again, or any explosions that involve critical mass.
Not really related to "bases", but here is an interesting little tidbit:
DOE/NNSA identified the U12g Tunnel for the activities of the Improvised Nuclear Device Program. If an improvised nuclear device were to be
recovered, the tunnel would be used to stage, assess, and safeguard the weapon.
Now exactly you get the improvised nuclear device to this tunnel is a good question.
All the EIS documents can be found on this page: