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Google takes photos of secret base 'Area 6'

Posted on Wednesday, 9 March, 2016 | Comment icon 31 comments

Part of the 'Area 6' base complex photographed by Google Earth. Image Credit: Google Earth
Move over Area 51 - the United States now has another, even more secretive base in the Nevada desert.
Situated on the Yucca flat, the base, which is run by the National Nuclear Security Administration, is so secretive that hardly anyone knew it existed - not even defense industry experts.

According to reports, the facility is part of the Nevada National Security site and is used by various government agencies to test out unmanned aircraft and to develop counter-terrorism techniques.

Located just 19km from Area 51, it was originally built as a nuclear testing ground in the 1950s.

According to imagery analyst Tim Brown, the layout of the base suggests that it has been used to test remotely piloted aircraft such as the Predator and Reaper reconnaissance drones.

Consisting of a single runway and a building complex, the base was captured on camera recently by Google Earth which uses satellite imagery to build up a complete map of the planet's surface.

"We have controlled airspace and that gives them opportunities to test various types of platforms," said National Nuclear Security Administration spokesman Darwin Morgan.

"We do a wide variety of work for others - supporting people with sensor development activities."

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Comment icon #22 Posted by DONTEATUS on 18 March, 2016, 21:10
Another "secret" base known to the whole world! It reminds me of this..... (I've posted it before, but it's still funny) I wish we could Ship most of Our Congress here ! And Radiate the Heck outta them !
Comment icon #23 Posted by Aardvark-DK on 24 March, 2016, 14:10
I wish we could Ship most of Our Congress here ! And Radiate the Heck outta them ! Take ours with the secret facility...
Comment icon #24 Posted by ChaosRose on 24 March, 2016, 20:45
Nothing to see here, it's just a secret emergency landing ground for Donald Trump's ego. Ha! I find myself thinking of the cloud of smug in South Park.
Comment icon #25 Posted by aztek on 24 March, 2016, 21:09
JFK runways are 8,9,12,14 thousands feet,
Comment icon #26 Posted by wingyflam on 25 March, 2016, 15:47
i wonder if we have any over here
Comment icon #27 Posted by JesseCuster on 25 March, 2016, 18:24
Warning... get prepared for gettin' your mind blown. Area 51 indicates there are at least 50 other older areas we don't know a whole lot about, and imagine how many areas we now must have in 2016. Those areas are mainly just marked out areas in the Nevada desert for nuclear bomb testing. The Nevada Test Site was divided up into various "areas" each given it's own number. It doesn't imply there's loads and loads of secret air bases going from 1 to 51.Area 51 is outside the site (which had areas 1-30) and it's not sure why it was given that name. It might simply have been given a meaningless non... [More]
Comment icon #28 Posted by Sweetpumper on 25 March, 2016, 21:03
They're weather balloon factories.
Comment icon #29 Posted by DONTEATUS on 25 March, 2016, 21:18
Leave it to Sweetpumper to Finger it out ! Now we know where all the No2 went ?
Comment icon #30 Posted by Obviousman on 25 March, 2016, 22:38
Comment icon #31 Posted by Xalalah on 17 April, 2016, 19:29

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