News Releases

February 24, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASELive audio coverage of Poker Flat Research Range’s rocket launch countdown is now available to the public via the Internet. For the remainder of the 2003 launch season, near real-time audio coverage including broadcasts of each of the six remaining launches can be accessed by visiting http://carrot.pfrr.alaska.edu/poker.Much like listening to a police scanner,...
February 24, 2011
Rocket scientists from the UAF Geophysical Institute will join veteran Astronaut and NASA Chief Scientist Shannon Lucid for a series of live interactions for students from Poker Flat Research Range on February 22 and March 1.The education outreach effort will include a live video feed that will feature interviews with Geophysical Institute scientists and NASA experts talking about...
February 24, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFour rockets are scheduled to launch in rapid succession from Poker Flat Research Range when the weather is clear and calm and aurora conditions are suitable between February 22 and March 10 as part of a mission to study high-latitude heating during an auroral substorm event.Two of the rockets in the JOULE experiment each will carry instruments to measure light and...
February 24, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEA sub-orbital sounding rocket was successfully launched this morning, at 12:39 AM, from Poker Flat Research Range. The rocket, a Black Brant XII, captured measurements to deduce characteristics about the processes that create the aurora. The project is called the Rocket Auroral Correlator Experiment (RACE).The rocket flew 500 miles high to obtain measurements...
February 24, 2011
After waiting more than six weeks for the optimal weather and auroral conditions to occur, scientists successfully launched four rockets within six minutes from Poker Flat Research Range early Thursday morning.The first rocket, a single-stage Black Brant, carried about 800 pounds of instruments through the aurora to measure light and small-scale weather in the upper atmosphere....
February 21, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseIn a series of three flights through restricted airspace in Puget Sound, WA, the University of Alaska’s unmanned aircraft system proved its value to science once again. The unmanned aircraft system, or UAS for short, was launched off the top deck of the Oscar Dyson, a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ship, Oct 15-16, 2008. The UAS demonstrated to...
February 21, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseFAIRBANKS, Alaska—Logging more than 18 hours of flight time in six separate flights, the Geophysical Institute’s unmanned aircraft system completed its first scheduled campaign of the year in the Stewart Creek Impact Area near Eielson Air Force Base June 21 to 24, 2007. During the flights, the UAS collected 30 color images per second of about 43 square miles of...
February 21, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseWhether it’s monitoring the migration of marine mammals in the Beaufort Sea, or mapping summer wildfires that flare up in Alaska’s Interior, opportunities abound for unmanned aircraft in the Arctic.An ideal tool for many projects, unmanned aircraft systems can fly as long as 40 hours at a time, often in less than ideal conditions. Stakeholders from a variety of...
February 21, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEA NASA sounding rocket launched at 11:39 p.m. on Feb. 27, 2007 from Poker Flat Research Range during a brilliant aurora display above northern Alaska.Dubbed CHARM, short for Correlations of High-Frequencies and Auroral Roar Measurements, the experiment was led by Jim LaBelle, a professor of physics and astronomy at Dartmouth College. The Black Brant XII rocket...
February 21, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseIt only weighs about 40 pounds, but the Insitu A-20, an unmanned aircraft system, will provide a hefty boost to a variety of research projects throughout Alaska. The new system purchased by the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks has a 10-foot wingspan and can fly more than 20 hours at a time. The aircraft is robotic and controlled by an...