Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Navy's Area 51


The US Navy’s increased emphasis on stealth – recently evidenced by the low observable features of the Northrop Grumman X-47 UCAS demonstrator – also appears to be manifesting itself in new ground test facilities.

A recently snapped view of the rarely photographed Etcheron Valley Junction Ranch Range in the far northeast corner of the China Lake Naval Weapons Center clearly shows a recent addition – a newly completed radar cross section test site. Its presence seems to underline a growing focus on comprehensive stealth testing. According to Global Security, the Junction Ranch Range is the Navy's leading outdoor RDT&E antenna characterization, GPS antenna test/jamming Range, HPM/Transient Electromagnetic, and RCS/radar signature test facility.


Scientist Stephen Hawking 'very ill'

Scientist Stephen Hawking 'very ill': "Scientist and author Stephen Hawking is 'very ill' and has been hospitalized, according to Cambridge University, where he is a professor.


(Via CNN.com.)

Former astronaut: Man not alone in universe

Former astronaut: Man not alone in universe: "Earth Day may fall later this week, but as far as former NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell and other UFO enthusiasts are concerned, the real story is happening elsewhere. Mitchell, who was part of the 1971 Apollo 14 moon mission, asserted Monday that extraterrestrial life exists, and that the truth is being concealed by the U.S. and other governments.


(Via CNN.com.)

Data on new U.S. fighter jet hacked, officials say

Data on new U.S. fighter jet hacked, officials say: "Thousands of confidential files on the F-35, the U.S. military's most technologically advanced fighter aircraft, have been compromised by unknown computer hackers over the past two years, according to senior defense officials. Hackers also gained entry to the Air Force's air traffic control systems and were able to see such information as the locations of U.S. military aircraft in flight, according to the officials.


(Via CNN.com.)


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