News Releases

June 3, 2013
Greg Walker, director of the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, will be the guest speaker at the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce meeting on Tuesday June 4. Walker will share information about the new center at noon in the Carlson Center. Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and is open to the public. Tickets for lunch may be purchased at the door for $18 for members or $20 for non...
April 25, 2013
By Molly Rettig  On a clear, cold night two winters ago in Fort Yukon, Carl Andersen watched a rocket he helped design pierce the upper atmosphere. He and three other scientists shot pictures as the rocket ejected bright puffs of chemicals in an inverted V formation more than 60 miles up. "They were the brightest things in the sky," Andersen said from his office at the University...
February 7, 2013
Conditions at Poker Flat Research Range weren’t indicative of a possible launch on the evening of Feb. 6, 2013. The skies were cloudy and the aurora wasn’t out, but then, a camera stationed downrange at Kaktovik, Alaska showed some promising aurora. From there, everything lined up to create the perfect conditions for the VISIONS sounding rocket to launch. At 11:21 p.m. Alaska Standard Time, the...
February 1, 2013
 Staff and scientists at Poker Flat Research Range are busy preparing for the opening of the 2013 launch window that will allow one NASA sounding rocket to take flight and arc through an active aurora display over northern Alaska. The launch window is scheduled to span Feb. 2 to 17, 2013. The rocket experiment is named VISIONS, short for “VISualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral atom imaging...
October 16, 2012
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration will host two public meetings to provide further information regarding its draft Environmental Impact Statement for its Sounding Rocket Program conducted at the University of Alaska Fairbanks' Poker Flat Research Range. The purpose of the meetings is to provide an overview of the draft EIS and the process in which it was created and then gather...
September 21, 2012
 Stakeholders to set goals for unmanned aircraft in Alaska FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sept. 21, 2012 CONTACT: Amy Hartley, GI information officer, 907-474-5823, amy.hartley@gi.alaska.edu Fairbanks, Alaska—Unmanned aircraft systems couple innovative design and construction to assist business, science and the military. They can even help ensure public safety. Alaska offers a vast...
July 24, 2012
 The rain never let up, but that didn’t stop the excitement of the attendees to the Rockets & Gold: Poker Flat Research Range Open House. The event, scheduled from 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, drew more than 200 people who toured lower range facilities, built rockets, learned about unmanned aircraft and the history of Poker Flat. Staff was surprised with the community response...
June 19, 2012
 “The more you show the capability of these things, the more people come up with needs for them." That's what Greg Walker said in a recent piece exploring the utility of unmanned aircraft in Alaska. Walker, the manager of the University of Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Program based at Poker Flat Research Range, and other members of the program are featured in a growing series of articles, videos...
June 6, 2012
Whether you were a kid eager to build your own paper rocket to launch, a robotics enthusiast or a stargazer, all facets of the Fairbanks community participated in the public activies presented by NASA, the Alaska Space Grant Program, the Fairbanks Astronomical Unit and the Geophysical Institute on June 5, 2012. More than 1,000 people attended, sharing in the excitement of viewing the transit of...
April 23, 2012
 Science for Alaska hits Anchorage with two public lectures   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 20, 2012   CONTACT: Amy Hartley, GI information officer, 907-474-5823, amy.hartley@gi.alaska.edu   Fairbanks, Alaska—The Science for Alaska Lecture Series will host two public lectures in Anchorage to conclude its 2012 season.   On April 24, Greg Walker, manager of Poker Flat...