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From: "James R. Graham"
Date: Tue, 15 Apr 97 19:46:18 -0700 Subject: Pop Sci article mentions Groom Lake Hi all, The May '97 issue of Popular Science has an article, "Hiding in Plane Sight", which mentions Groom Lake and what is being tested there. I quote: "...Defense contractors have told Popular Science that even more exotic skin is being tested on two stealth aircraft at the high-security Groom Lake airbase in Nevada. The skin is derived from an electromagnetically conductive polyaniline-based radar-absorbant composite material. It is optically transparent except when electrically charged, much like the LCDs used in laptop computers. "What makes this new material attractive is that it can change brightness and color instantaneously. Photo-sensitive receptors, mounted on all sides of the plane, read the ambient light and color of the sky and ground. An onboard computer adjusts the brightness, hue, and texture of the skin to match the sky above the plane or the terrain below it. "...Using fast-changing electrochromic panels, the military is experimenting with 'fllickering skins' that could prevent missiles from locking onto their targets. In demonstrations at Groom Lake, engineers have turned the entire skin of an aircraft into a missile jammer by applying a special coating that flickers in intensity in both the visible and infrared spectra..." The article is very informative (to a layman) and I encourage everyone to check it out. This is the first I heard of actual details of tests at Groom Lake that could explain some of the funky lights seen cruising around out there. james
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