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June 4, 2015
The UAF Geophysical Institute will offer free public tours during the summer of 2015, starting June 3. The public can learn about the Alaska Satellite Facility, V-ADAPT Inc., the Alaska Earthquake Center, and the Arctic Region Supercomputing Center during weekly tours offered every Wednesday from June 3–Aug. 19. Tours begin at 1 p.m. in the lobby of the Elvey Building. Poker Flat Research Range...
February 26, 2014
The University of Alaska Fairbanks has partnered with UAS Iceland to expand unmanned aircraft operations in Iceland in early 2014.

The collaboration with UAS Iceland, via UAF's Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration, will support arctic science, including glacier studies, volcano monitoring, marine mammal research and environmental observations. The agreement also has the...
February 14, 2014
On Feb. 9, 2014, a team of Geophysical Institute researchers launched a 10-foot carbon-fiber rocket on a seven-minute flight from Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks. They fired the rocket to test its capabilities as a low-cost test vehicle for space physicists and other scientists who send missions through the aurora. The small rocket, designed by Jeff Rothman of the Geophysical...
February 5, 2014
The Arctic is a region of extremes where conducting work and research is often difficult, costly and even dangerous. The Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration and the Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex are poised with new management and a refined focus to make operations easier in the far north. Marty Rogers was appointed to lead ACUASI in January 2014 and has overall...
January 27, 2014
Aurora watching, enjoyed for millennia, is expanding in the digital age. Don Hampton, a space physicist at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, will talk about what that means at the next Science for Alaska Lecture Series Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m. at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Convention Center. Hampton has been part of modernizing aurora observations by the Geophysical Institute...
January 27, 2014
The 2014 launch season at Poker Flat Research Range north of Fairbanks opened Friday, January 24.Scientists are preparing for an experiment that will launch a NASA sounding rocket over the aurora while observing beneath it using cameras based at a village in northern Alaska. The launch window for the experiment opens January 24 and extends to Feb. 6, 2013. A second, smaller test launch will...
December 30, 2013
The University of Alaska will serve as one of six official Federal Aviation Administration unmanned aircraft system test sites, the federal agency announced today. The Pan-Pacific UAS Test Range Complex will be managed by the University of Alaska Fairbanks and includes key partners in Oregon and Hawaii. The complex, with its geographic diversity in landscapes spanning seven climatic zones,...
July 30, 2013
By Ned Rozell POKER FLAT RESEARCH RANGE - In preparation for the launch of a complex aurora penetrating rocket early next year, NASA engineers and technicians are here installing a nine-meter antenna that had a former life on the deck of a Navy ship.

Chuck Grant is a systems engineer with NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. His job is to make sure the dish as tall as a house is...
July 17, 2013
In April 2013, personnel from the Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration at the UAF Geophysical Institute visited the Welgevonden Game Reserve in South Africa. There, they flew unmanned aircraft to perform wild game surveys by air.View a short video with images captured by the unmanned aircraft as part of this mission at http://youtu.be/DsDbv9zmOz4.
July 15, 2013
The University of Alaska Fairbanks Geophysical Institute will host “Rockets and Gold,” an open house at the Poker Flat Research Range Thursday, July 18 from 4 to 8 p.m. Admission is free and is open to all ages.Poker Flat is located at Mile 30 on the Steese Highway north of Fairbanks. Geophysical Institute and range personnel will be available for tours of the launching facilities. Model rockets...