News Releases

August 25, 2011
 IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 29, 2011 CONTACT: Amy Hartley, Geophysical Institute information officer, 907-474-5823, amy.hartley@gi.alaska.eduFairbanks, Alaska— On a two-day trip to the Aleutians earlier this month, researchers from Poker Flat Research Range evaluated the performance of a new unmanned aircraft system that will be used to monitor Steller sea lions.The National Marine Mammal...
August 25, 2011
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 25, 2011CONTACT: Amy Hartley, Geophysical Institute, 907-474-5823, amy.hartley@gi.alaska.eduFairbanks, Alaska— The use of unmanned aerial vehicles will have a new role in oil spill response capabilities in Alaska. The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute and BP Exploration Alaska demonstrated the use of a three-pound unmanned aircraft, called “...
August 25, 2011
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June17, 2011CONTACT: Amy Hartley, Geophysical Institute information officer, 907-474-5823, amy.hartley@gi.alaska.eduFairbanks, Alaska—Nearly one year ago, a repurposed NASA spacecraft flew by the comet Hartley 2. As a result, a multitude of high-resolution images were gathered over 50 days that allow scientists to understand the nature of the comet’s surface and it’s...
August 25, 2011
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 22, 2011CONTACT: Amy Hartley, GI information officer, 907-474-5823, amy.hartley@gi.alaska.eduFAIRBANKS, ALASKA— Clear skies and fair weather are the only requirements needed for the third and final sounding rocket to launch from Poker Flat Research Range this year. At midnight on April 27, 2011, a Terrier Black Brant will take off, flying through the upper...
August 23, 2011
 Come meet representatives from Johnson Space Center, Jet Propulsion Lab, and Ames Research Center. Explore possible collaborations in research and education. Make yourself more competitive in proposing to Alaska Space Grant and Alaska NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation Solicitations. This is the ideal venue to make connections and sell your research ideas. Come find out how your...
August 5, 2011
Tuesday, August 9 is UAF Day at the Tanana Valley State Fair! This year, several units from the Geophysical Institute will participate with demonstrations in Totem Square from noon until 6 p.m. Staff from the Alaska Satellite Facility, Poker Flat Research Range and the Alaska Volcano Observatory will be available to talk about remote sensing and ASF’s 20th anniversary, display some new unmanned...
August 4, 2011
 In the next few weeks, researchers at Poker Flat Research Range will study polar ice clouds and their environment in the late summer skies of Fairbanks. These studies will use the Poker Flat Incoherent Scatter Radar that can detect turbulent structures in the upper atmosphere.  The radar has the unique ability to steer a beam rapidly while capturing an image of the atmosphere as...
July 26, 2011
 By Greg Walker, University of Alaska Unmanned Aircraft Program manager During the week of July 11, 2011, BP Exploration Alaska and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute successfully demonstrated the Aeryon Scout Micro Unmanned Aerial Vehicle as a valuable tool to gather aerial imagery to aid in oil spill cleanup efforts.  The compact and easy-to-use Aeryon Scout...
July 26, 2011
 As reported by DIXI meeting coordinator Don Hampton: The Deep Impact EXtended Investigation science team met at the Geophysical Institute from June 21 through June 26 to discuss the results of the flyby of comet Hartley 2 on Nov. 8, 2010. The comet flyby was accomplished using the repurposed Deep Impact spacecraft that was originally used to observe a spacecraft impact with comet...
July 14, 2011
 As part of NASA’s Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, a team of University of Alaska Fairbanks researchers are funded to use the Geophysical Institute’s fleet of unmanned aircraft to improve wildfire data collection. The EPSCoR proposal, Quantifying Fuel Impacts on Wildfire Behavior and Emissions by Coupling Small Unmanned Aircraft In-situ Measurements with Satellite...