by Norio Hayakawa
September 17, 1999
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
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 sceneries,
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 an artist's rendition of a proposed "Stealth Blimp"
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 1996).
Coincidentally, after that article (suggesting that Groom Lake/AREA 51 was
still abuzz with various projects) appeared on POPULAR SCIENCE of May, 1996,
the June, 1996 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
HOLOGRAPHIC PROJECTIONS AND HOLOGRAPHIC IMAGE MAXIMIZATION TECHNOLOGY
Research, development and testing is also taking place in another related
aspect of electrochromatic panels, namely, the attachment of holographic
projection devices capable of causing image size distortions, such as
distorting the "size" of the aircraft "observed" by ground observers. For
example, with this technology a black triangular aircraft, for example,
could be seen to be three or four times its actual size to the ground
This type of technology is part of the Department of Defense (DOD)'s
on Psychological Operations (PSYOPS) or Psychological Warfare.
Recent years' sightings of huge black triangular aircraft (such as at
Phoenix, Arizona in 1997) could possibly be related to testing of such
devices to observe the reactions of the observers.