News Releases

April 23, 2012
As part of the 2012 Science for Alaska Lecture Series, University of Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Program Manager Greg Walker was in the State capital April 16-19. On April 18, Walker was invited to display various models of UA unmanned aircraft and present before legislators. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Reporter Matt Buxton was there to cover the exchange with legislators and the interest sparked by...
February 20, 2012
 Rocket launches from Poker Flat Research Range   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Feb. 20, 2012   CONTACT: Geophysical Institute science writer Ned Rozell, 907-474-7468, nrozell@gi.alaska.edu   Fairbanks, Alaska—On Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8:41 p.m. Alaska time, scientists launched a NASA sounding rocket from Poker Flat Research Range into a brilliant aurora display. The rocket mission,...
February 16, 2012
 By Ned Rozell VENETIE — The cozy log structure smells of coffee, gasoline, and spruce logs burning in a stove made from a 55-gallon drum. Inside the building that serves as the Village Council headquarters for Venetie, Josh Bundick explains a new policy that rewards villagers who find spent rocket parts launched from north of Fairbanks.  The Venetie men and women in the cabin...
February 15, 2012
Rocket to be launched from Poker Flat Research Range For Immediate ReleaseFeb. 14, 2012CONTACT: Geophysical Institute Science Writer Ned Rozell at 907-474-7468 or nrozell@gi.alaska.eduFAIRBANKS, Alaska—Scientists are now at Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks waiting for acceptable conditions for the launch of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration...
January 11, 2012
Jan. 10, 2012 By Reba Lean Fairbanks Daily News-Miner  FAIRBANKS — Camera-equipped drones flew over Nome this week to help a Russian fuel tanker, the Renda, get a perspective on the sea ice near the town’s harbor.Read more: Fairbanks Daily News-Miner - UAF researchers use drones to evaluate sea ice thickness at Nome and aid incoming tanker 
December 7, 2011
 The Geophysical Institute has a strong presence at the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting in San Francisco. Joining forces with the Alaska Satellite Facility, the International Arctic Research Center, the Institute of Northern Engineering, the Water and Environmental Resources Center and the Institute of Marine Science, the GI is part of a combined booth in the Exhibitors Hall. The...
November 29, 2011
 By Ned Rozell Some places in this world are just too dirty, dull or dangerous for human pilots to fly. An airspace in the latter category is anywhere near gas flares in Alaska’s oilfields. With only a few seconds of warning, flames blast high in the air from a network of pipes, releasing the stress of sucking oil from deep in the ground. Greg Walker recently found himself taking a...
November 11, 2011
 Physics Department & Journal Club to answer:  “Why are we still studying the aurora?”  Who: Don Hampton, Optical Science Manager Poker Flat Research Range  Where: GI Auditorium, Elvey Building  When: Today, Friday, Nov. 11 at 3:45 p.m.  Abstract: “Why are we still studying the aurora?"  You may (or may not) be surprised how often...
October 3, 2011
 A crew from Ice Road Truckers visited Poker Flat Research Range last launch season. While they were on the range, they toured some of the facilities and witnessed a rocket launch. Their tour made the show. You can watch it for yourself here. 
September 12, 2011
 August 22 – 25, the Geophysical Institute hosted The Technical Cooperation Program’s Volcanic Ash Working Group Meeting at the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Wood Center. Representatives from the U.S., U.K., Canada, and Australia and a variety of organizations including the U.S. Department of Defense, U.K. Ministry of Defence, Defence Research and Development Canada, U.S. Geological Survey...