(NEWSER) – Twelve miles northeast of Area 51 lies Area 6—a site that might be as mysterious as its more famous neighbor. Never heard of it? That's not surprising. Government officials have long kept mum about Area 6, part of Nevada's national security site, which is home to a mile-long, $9.6 million airstrip and several buildings, including "a large hangar with unusual clamshell doors," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
A 2008 Energy Department report says the site—see it here via Google Earth—is used "to construct, operate, and test a variety of unmanned aerial vehicles" for "airframe modifications, sensor operation, and onboard computer development." A rep for the National Nuclear Security Administration says simply that the runway is used by the Defense and Homeland Security departments. "They come here to test their own sensors," he says.
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