The HAARP open house on August 27, 2016, was a rousing success. Over 350 people showed up for the event, which, in addition to tours of the HAARP facility featured ACUASI's unmanned aircraft petting zoo, a hands-on permafrost exhibit, physics demonstrations, portable planetarium, Cultural Connections aurora video, and a barbecue. Everyone expressed positive comments.

In addition, Chris Fallen's lecture on Friday night, put on in partnership with the Wrangell Institute for Science and the Environment (WISE), was the best attended of any of WISE's lectures, ever. It was standing room only in the Wrangell-St. Elias Visitor Center auditorium. We deeply appreciate WISE's partnership and assistance.

Many thanks to the Geophysical Institute staff who helped, from grilling hotdogs, to parking 36-foot motor homes, to patiently answering visitors' questions. Bob McCoy wrote: "I got so many thank yous and compliments it was overwhelming. What a great way to announce we're new neighbors to the Copper Valley. You guys busted so many myths on Saturday."

Copies of the lecture notes and other material from the open house will be posted here soon. Also coming soon: online sales of HAARP souvenir t-shirts. Watch this space for more information.


The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, is a scientific endeavor aimed at studying the properties and behavior of the ionosphere. Operation of the research facility was transferred from the United States Air Force to the University of Alaska Fairbanks on Aug. 11, 2015, allowing HAARP to continue with exploration of ionospheric phenomenology via a land-use cooperative research and development agreement.

HAARP is the world's most capable high-power, high-frequency transmitter for study of the ionosphere. The HAARP program is committed to developing a world-class ionospheric research facility consisting of:

  • The Ionospheric Research Instrument, a high power transmitter facility operating in the High Frequency range. The IRI can be used to temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere for scientific study.
  • A sophisticated suite of scientific or diagnostic instruments that can be used to observe the physical processes that occur in the excited region.
Observation of the processes resulting from the use of the IRI in a controlled manner will allow scientists to better understand processes that occur continuously under the natural stimulation of the sun.
Scientific instruments installed at the HAARP Observatory can also be used for a variety of continuing research efforts which do not involve the use of the IRI but are strictly passive. These include ionospheric characterization using satellite beacons, telescopic observation of the fine structure in the aurora and documentation of long-term variations in the ozone layer.
Also see:
HAARP again open for business, Alaska Science Forum, Sept. 3, 2015