Refers to a project in development by a small group of people mainly for innovation.
Also is an official alias for the Lockheed Martin Advanced Development Programs and the name of a heavy metal album by Bruce Dickinson.
Lets start a skunkworks
A special branch at Lockheed Martin that used to and still does develop usually top secret airplanes for the US military. It was founded by Kelly Johnson. Their Insignia is a cartoon skunk.
The SR-71 Blackbird and U2 Dragon Lady spy planes were designed by Lockheeds' Skunk Works
Did you taste those burgers, they were real skunkworks