News Releases

February 17, 2011
 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEStudents at the University of Alaska Fairbanks are collaborating with students from Toyama Prefectural University and Tokai University in Japan to prepare a rocket scheduled to launch from Poker Flat Research Range on March 11. The launch was originally scheduled for March 4, but was delayed to allow time for the students to finetune their payload equipment.The rocket...
February 17, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEStudents at the University of Alaska Fairbanks have collaborated with students from Toyama Prefectural University and Tokai University in Japan to prepare a rocket that successfully launched from Poker Flat Research Range Monday afternoon at 12:06 p.m.The rocket traveled over 50 miles into the atmosphere and was powered by an enhanced Orion rocket motor supplied by NASA’...
February 17, 2011
FAIRBANKS, Alaska—A total of eight National Aeronautics and Space Administration sounding rockets will launch from Poker Flat Research Range in 2009. The rocket season is split into two launch windows. The first launch window opens Jan. 10, and will remain open until Feb. 5, 2009.The first window will see the launch of three rockets as part of two separate missions. One mission will aid...
February 17, 2011
Seven rockets carrying experiments used to study the aurora are scheduled for launch from Poker Flat Research Range this winter. The projects include a group of four rockets launched in rapid succession to measure wind in the upper atmosphere and one rocket that will turn on its side mid-flight, allowing it to pierce a curtain of aurora horizontally.The first launch window of the...
February 17, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFour rockets are scheduled to launch from Poker Flat when aurora conditions are suitable at night or in early morning hours this January.Three of these rockets will release brilliant blue-green chemical trails to trace wind in the upper atmosphere. The trails are expected to be visible from Fairbanks, North Pole, locations north of the Brooks Range and as far east as the...
February 17, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEA single sounding rocket is scheduled to launch in January from Poker Flat Research Range when weather and aurora conditions are suitable. The rocket, a Black Brant XII, is part of an experiment designed to show how the aurora affects radio signals such as Global Positioning System (GPS) signals.The rocket will be launched 700 km high through a bright and active aurora...
February 17, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEEleven rockets are scheduled for launch from Poker Flat Research Range this winter, with projects ranging from four rockets launched in rapid succession to measure wind in the upper atmosphere in January to an internationally collaborative student rocket launch in March.Scientists need clear and calm weather and appropriate auroral conditions before they launch four...
February 15, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseScientists believed comets were filled with ice, dust and perhaps the building blocks of life, but traditionally their make-up had been a mystery. It wasn’t until the 2005 NASA Deep Impact mission that scientists were finally allowed their first peek inside a comet.Don Hampton, systems engineer with Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., will speak about his involvement...
February 15, 2011
A suitcase-size camera designed 20 years ago is still ahead of the game when it comes to capturing the beautiful colors and fluid motion of the aurora. Technology moves at a phenomenal rate, yet the camera designed with the aid of employees at the Geophysical Institute continues to outshine any competitors with its extreme low-light sensitivity. This special camera is the crux of the Aurora Color...
February 15, 2011
For Immediate ReleaseFairbanks, Alaska—Stargazers, aurora enthusiasts, and more can peruse a variety of products and information, or climb into a portable planetarium to witness a star show at the upcoming Western Alliance Conference of Planetarium Associations Sept. 19-22, 2007. More than 70 planetarium directors, staff and vendors from the western United States will visit the Interior to show...