Mysterious New Devices Installed at Border of Infamous Area 51 Base

Mysterious New Devices Installed at Border of Infamous Area 51 Base


Has one of ufology’s favorite top secret bases gotten a mysterious new upgrade to its security?

Area 51, or Groom Lake as it’s been called, has long been a source of mystery, and its rumors of hidden technology, underground bases, and alien bodies have made it a bottomless well of pop culture conjecture. Even today, the United States military doesn’t like to acknowledge the base, staying as secretive as possible and employing a private contractor to aggressively usher curious conspiracy theorists from the perimeter.

But while nosy UFO buffs might be easy to turn away in real life, sit them down at a computer monitor and they’ll be a little.. well, a LOT, harder to hush. Thanks to the eagle-eyed observations of two internet sleuths and their subsequent travels to the base border, we know that Dreamland has been getting some mysterious new features.


A newly updated piece of satellite imagery showing Area 51's new devicesA user with the screen name FosterVS shared an interesting new satellite image with the Above Top Secret message boards yesterday, images that showed evidence of new structures in the forbidden desert land.

“I saw signs of trenching/cabling from the Area 51 guardshack along a trail to one of the Bald Mountain Gates, in the newer Bing Maps imagery,” he wrote.

“The spot is 37°29’30.74″N, 115°40’24.69″W. If you follow this trail back towards the guard shack, you will see a number of similar cement pads.”

His curiosity was piqued so much that he decided to take a trip to the outer limits of Area 51 himself, where his suspicions of new equipment were confirmed. While he was there, he managed to snap the following images of the strange constructions that look almost as if they could be solar panels, if only they were pointed to the sky rather than at the horizon. Interesting to note are what look like attached fire extinguishers.

Strange new structures at Area 51   Strange new structures erected at the border of the Area 51 base
Foster explained that he had intended on taking more than just three images of the new structures, but was promptly chased away by security in camouflaged military fatigues.

I should have taken more/better pictures, but what you can’t see between the first and second pictures was the camo dude truck parked to the left of the new “device”, that started coming after me when I started taking pictures!

I cannot deduce what this thing is. Looks like a cement pad, with two uprights imbedded in it, 2 -3 crossbeams, and also two pipes coming up support a rectangular something. The fire extinguisher has me baffled.

The contraptions are definitely a new addition to the land, as the only other visible structures until now were guard shacks and remote control cameras. So, what could the devices be? What is their use?

Theories have ranged anywhere from a kind of a radar, to a crowd dispersal device, to an emergency exit for one of the base’s rumored underground tunnels, but the most plausible answer seems to be a regular old electrical panel. But don’t worry, fellow mystery mongers, because chances are, it’s powering something very irregular.

Judging from the two pieces of conduit that head into the ground, its a good guess that whatever underground device it’s feeding is really big, big enough to require very thick cable, meaning lots of power. What could use that much power? Well, a huge network of magnetometers, for one, which would explain how the “camo dudes” are always so eerily swift to bear down on intruders.

Qual-Tron's Mini Magnetic Sensor

Qual-Tron’s Magnetic Sensor

Qual-Tron Incorporated is a government approved provider of magnetometers, or Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS for short) and explains that the tech provides “instantaneous alarms of detected foot and vehicle activity” with ranges of operation from “hundreds of meters to several miles”. The hitch? If the devices get too far from the base they require a relay, something that might account for Groom Lake’s new erections.

It’s not a stretch to believe that a huge grid of what are essentially “pressure plates” would require some extra juice, so don’t be surprised if your next visit to peep on some alien technology is cut dramatically short… they can probably hear you coming.

What do you make of the mysterious new structures popping up along the border of Area 51? High tech tourist deterrents or a heat ray emitters? Entrances to underground tunnels or just a convenient place for the Men in Black to charge their cell phones? Let us know what you think! Swing by our Facebook page, tweet us @WhoForted, or leave a comment below!


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  1. Conquistador3

    05/05/2013 at 5:36 AM

    It’s deeply ironic in a period when most US government agencies are decrying “budget cuts”, so much money is spent on what’s effectively a Cold War relic such as Groom Lake.

    UGS is a technology dating back to the Vietnam War, being originally developed for discovering trucks on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. Sensors were air dropped and signals were relayed by unmanned Beech Bonanza “drones” to flying control posts which then called in airstrikes. (Operation Igloo White)

    The technology has improved a lot since those days but has never been 100% satisfactory and it’s not something I would use myself, for no other reason it’s a maintenance headache. Diagnostics make it easier to spot troubles but malfunctioning units still have to be repaired/replaced. Since (apparently) security at Groom Lake has never been compromised by people approaching on foot this sound like overkill.

    This is probably yet another overreaction to a recent massive Chinese spying effort: their “electronic spies” deeply infiltrated the fabled Skunk Works and, by Lockheed’s own admission, completely compromised at least one top secret project. The depth of this Chinese operation is apparently enormous and has the whole US security apparatus in total panic for two reasons: first, it highlighted how vulnerable the whole system is, second, it’s so sophisticated the blame cannot be clearly pinned on Beijing.

    In this situation it’s only natural the US military apparatus overreacted, threw a hissy fit and demanded “increased security”. And as usual the money went the wrong way.

    • Pavel Chichikov

      05/06/2013 at 10:26 AM

      Have you read recently about the mammalian-bird hybrid influenza viruses being produced in Chinese labs? It’s got to the point where either war is inconceivable, or green banana sales are going to fall precipitously.

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  3. Kevin

    05/06/2013 at 11:15 AM

    Perhaps that’s an Active Denial System for those who linger too long?

  4. Arcturus

    05/06/2013 at 11:47 AM

    It actually looks more like a radiator than solar cells, doesn’t it? Which would help explain why there is a fire extinguisher attached. Must be lots of heat from something.

  5. Austin Popper

    05/07/2013 at 7:34 AM

    Looks like some “hi tech” scarecrows. Who’s gonna grab that fire extinguisher in the event it’s needed? I mean, who is going to be there in that event, and are they going to be silly enough to approach the equipment in order to grab it? Doesn’t make a lot of sense. Most newer remote sensing devices are wireless, and these things seem to be placed more for show than anything else.

    There have long been networks of sensors buried in the ground around the area. One guy years ago spotted an antenna sticking up out of the ground near a road. He got to looking around and found more. He eventually got in a lot of trouble for digging up one of the then-new vibration sensors. Duh!

    There really hasn’t been much new in ufology for quite a while now.

  6. organelle

    05/07/2013 at 8:47 AM

    One thought that occurs to me is a simple one. Drones are now common and can easily do what aircraft cannot. Additionally, they are small enough to evade radar and ordinary detection equipment. Could this be an anti-drone device, or a drone detection device? Even if it isn’t this is a direction that technology must proceed in. Once we have tiny reconnaissance craft, we need ways to track, reject, jam, and destroy them.

    • Elizabeth Jane

      05/12/2013 at 11:41 PM

      That is a very astute and interesting idea! Yes, drones are now available cheaply. Why couldn’t a media organisation, for example, use a drone to get us close-up photos of structures in Area 51, including these new ones? The consequences, legally speaking, would be no different to taking photos by other means, and the chances of getting caught would be low. It would be one way to test whether these new devices have the ability to detect drones, and if so, if they can do anything about them. Since drones can be made of mostly non-metallic construction and can be so small, they would be extremely difficult to detect, but they could be affected by an electromagnetic pulse produced by a TED, a Transient Electromagnetic Device, if it could be aimed at such a small and elusive object such as a small drone.

      My guess is that the military would be at the mercy of anyone who had the idea to use a drone to find out more about what is visible at Area 51. It is only a matter of time before someone tries it! Like the 3-D printer gun, the “Liberator”, it is an idea on the drawing board and in incubation just waiting for someone to do it.

  7. JimJoe

    05/09/2013 at 8:35 AM

    If those are fire extinguishers they may be of the unmanned automated variety. A sensor sets them off and they engage.

  8. Foster VS

    09/23/2013 at 6:31 PM

    Well, that’s me -> Foster VS. Theses devices peaked my interest, as there seemed to be a string of them leading to that little used entrance. Theories still abound what it/they are, no one has quite figured it out as yet. They don’t show up on Google Earth, you have to go to Bing Maps to see them.

    • Foster VS

      02/18/2014 at 12:18 PM

      Update – April 2014 I will be making a return trip to the area, partly to follow up on these device(s). Perhaps what I photographed was just the start of something being assembled there, or perhaps more devices will be installed. Stay tuned to my Youtube channel, and the Area 51 forum on ATS.

      • Foster VS

        04/22/2015 at 6:28 PM

        I have just uploaded a video to Youtube of my last trip to this spot, April of 2014. I am heading back down there in May 2015, watch my Youtube channel for new video.

  9. William Place

    11/24/2013 at 5:10 PM

    One can only hope that these NASTY, FASCIST camo dudes die from a LONG protracted miserably painful illness contracted or caused by the bullcrap they guard so assiduously. They are valueless chunks of feces!

  10. Art

    02/22/2015 at 2:15 PM

    Talking about sensors. A couple years ago we found sensors along ranch roads off 375 that head toward Bald Mt. Sharp Spring area. Some cammo dudeds were apparently checking the sensors one morning. Maybe the batteries.

    From a long way off and elevated with binoculars I could see their dust trail and noted that they stopped several times along the dirt road. A dude would get out and walk into the desert a short distance and do something then return to the vehicle. Each time they stopped I took as accurate a compass bearing as I could where they stopped. That gave me one line of position and the road was the other line of position so I could do a map plot. At each plot I measured the UTM coordinates from my topo map and entered them into my GPS.

    Later we drove to those locations and looked for the vehicle tracks where they pulled over. At that point we could track the dude’s foot prints into the desert. And where the tracks stopped was a very tin wire sticking up behind bushes or rocks and the sensor was usually buried under rocks and about 30 to 50 ft off the road.

    Of the sensors we found they seemed to be about a mile apart. Maybe so they can determine how fast and far you travel up the road. I GPSed the locations but later screwed up and inadvertently deleted the coordinates. But initially some sophisticated navigation and tracking skills paid off.

    It seemed rather complacent security wise for them to do this since they knew we were in the area and could potentially observe them.

  11. Art

    02/22/2015 at 2:22 PM

    BTW the new devices look to me to be radiators to dissipate a lot of heat for something. But what is the “something”? The uprights may be to circulate a liquid to the radiator for cooling? The extinguishers a certainly curious.

  12. Gertrude Perkins

    04/23/2015 at 4:41 AM

    It is probably an area denial weapon, which uses electromagnetic energy…

    There is a (red) fire extinguisher next to it, which may have to be used if it overheats due to usage and the desert heat.

    It may not be pleasant to experience, but probably preferrable than staring down the barrel of a cammo dude’s gun!

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