News Releases

February 10, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  The last three rockets of a four-part rocket experiment successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range early Friday morning.  The first rocket of the experiment was launched March 7th, and the final three launched Friday at 2:15 a.m., 4:03 a.m. and 4:42 a.m. The relatively small Orion rockets have captured information on the characteristics of ...
February 9, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASECONTACT: Ned Rozell, GI information officer, 907-474-7468, nrozell@gi.alaska.eduPoker Flat Research Range, Alaska—Scientists launched a NASA sounding rocket at 11:11 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 4, 2011 in an attempt to learn more about the concentration of nitric oxide in the upper atmosphere from a rocket that arced about 160 miles above northern Alaska.While the rocket...
February 8, 2011
CONTACT: Ned Rozell, GI science writer, 907-474-7468, nrozell@gi.alaska.edu Fairbanks, Alaska—During a vivid aurora display, a NASA sounding rocket launched from Poker Flat Research Range and arced over northern Alaska at 12:49 a.m. Alaska Standard Time on Feb. 16, 2010. The rocket, one of the largest used at Poker Flat, flew high over Kaktovik, gathering data on electric particle and wave...
February 8, 2011
CONTACT: Ned Rozell, GI science writer, 907-474-7468, nrozell@gi.alaska.edu Fairbanks, Alaska—A NASA sounding rocket launched from Poker Flat Research Range and flew to an altitude of more than 100 vertical miles at 12:01 a.m. Alaska Standard Time on Feb. 9, 2010. The rocket released 12 vials of trimethyl-aluminum that glowed in colors from orange to blue about 70 miles above northern Alaska...
January 31, 2011
CONTACT: Ned Rozell, GI information officer, 907-474-7468, nrozell@gi.alaska.eduPoker Flat Research Range, Alaska—Scientists launched a NASA sounding rocket at 1:49 a.m. on the morning of Friday, January 28, 2011, achieving their goal of gathering an image of the Whirlpool Galaxy from a rocket that arced about 150 miles above northern Alaska. “We were on target,” said Professor Jim Green of the...
January 31, 2011
CONTACT: Amy Hartley, GI information officer, 907-474-5823, amy.hartley@gi.alaska.eduFairbanks, Alaska— Three 40-pound unmanned aircraft from Poker Flat Research Range will support Alaska Shield — a statewide exercise on April 26 through May 2, 2010 — that will test Alaska’s ability to respond to a major disaster. Although the aircrafts’ specific mission will remain unknown until the exercise...
January 31, 2011
CONTACT: Amy Hartley, Geophysical Institute information officer, 907-474-5823, amy.hartley@gi.alaska.eduFairbanks, Alaska—The United States Navy has awarded the University of Alaska Fairbanks up to $47 million to test and evaluate payloads aboard small, unmanned aircraft.The UA Unmanned Aircraft Program, part of the UAF Geophysical Institute, will lead the research. The program will test unmanned...
January 31, 2011
CONTACT: Ned Rozell, GI information officer, 907-474-7468, nrozell@gi.alaska.eduFairbanks, Alaska—Scientists at Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks are preparing to launch two NASA sounding rockets for two experiments. The launch window for both experiments opens on Jan. 26 and extends until Feb. 15.In the experiment set to launch on Jan. 26, if winds are favorable, researchers from the...