"Pumpkin seed" from radar cross-section test rig.

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"Pumpkin seed" from radar cross-section test rig. (Birds Eye)
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By Pdunn @ 2006-08-26 13:45:43
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@ 2007-01-12 10:11:34
That looks like the "pumpkin seed" from a radar cross-section test rig.
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@ 2007-01-12 15:48:07
Thanks for the ID!

According to the link below, the "pumpkin seed" is placed on the end of a telescoping pylon within radar cross section test chamber and is designed to be "so stealthy, that only the very tip of the pylon ends up being a significant source of signal return."

Here is a link that describes the "pumpkin seed" in full detail:
http://www.serve.com/mahood/RCS/helendal.htm
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@ 2007-01-12 15:49:40
Here is a great closeup of the "pumpkin seed:"
http://www.serve.com/mahood/RCS/hd-polec.jpg

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@ 2007-01-12 15:52:50