The Latest Satellite Image of Area 51 Presents New Developments
GeoEye-1 satellite captured some new clips of Area 51 on August 23, 2011 at 11:23 in the morning (Pacific Daylight Time.) The resolution of the actual picture is 0.5 meter, making it the highest resolution image of Area 51 ever produced.
There is proof of 2 significant new construction projects clearly getting under way, 1 key construction project and a few of smaller ones being formed and major road developments. It really looks like Area 51 is more in use than ever before, and getting prepared for new black projects which, even though people are wondering, many agree should be kept secret to assure the safety of the nation.
There are a few quite important developments at the north end of the facility, just east of the North Ramp. It appears like the structure of yet another modern hangar in its very early phases. It is important to note that this latest hangar would be the first hangar east of the previous U-2 runway, which now functions as taxi way.
The size and unique form of the foundation of the new hangar appears quite comparable to 2 current hangars at Nellis AFB, close to the north end of the facility. The hangars at Nellis are utilized for the security helicopters. With the Groom helicopter ramp clearly just north-west of the recent construction (2 helicopters can be viewed in this frame) it is most likely that this hangar will even be utilized for the PaveHawk security helicopters.
The image also reveals 4 F-16 on the North Ramp of Area 51. Lastly, one of the properties belonging to the block of the previous U-2 hangars, the one in the north-west corner, has been somewhat expanded to the north. The U-2 hangars all feature light green colored roofing. The extension has white roofing.
The distant site just north of the road from Area 51 to Gate 700 to the NTS was widened around 2006. Not a lot is identified regarding the function of the site. It may be a customized RCS test site, or even put to use for radio tests. There was not much proof of activity for a while; however the new satellite image demonstrates a lot of new tracks at the eastern cell of this complex. There is also a recently made area north of the current site that seems to be a gravel pit. There are new tracks from the gravel pit to the cell in the eastern side, but no more tracks on the only access path. The gravel pit seems to be created to sustain a big construction venture, so it will be likely to see a structure of a great size in the near future around the existing facility.
A new extremely big building is under construction right on the east of Janet ramp of Area 51. It measures around 255×184′, and seems to be pretty tall. Surrounding buildings include, counter-clockwise from the Janet ramp, the Janet Terminal, the New Base Headquarters, the PMEL Lab and the Main Security building. The building is big enough to be a new hangar, however based on the area near the new Base Headquarters it is most likely a new Dining Hall and/or administrative office buildings. The latest Google Earth imagery dated 6/28/2010 displays the formerly empty area being graded in getting ready for the construction.
Another, smaller building was put in south of the dormitories, along the path directing to the security building and to the construction site. It appears fairly temporary and may be associated to the construction.
Another large hangar was added at the South Ramp between 11/05/09 and 05/24/10. The hangar is situated in the west of the old Hangar 20-23 storage building. It is linked to the ramp on the south part, opposite another hangar that was built in early 2005.
Building of the ramp all over this large new hangar built on the far south end of the base appears to be completed. The hangar seems to be functional, and there is no sign of any additional construction in the area in the near future.
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