The University of Alaska Fairbank’s Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft System Integration teamed up with U.S. Army Alaska to increase the awareness and practical applications of UAS and to ensure safety procedures were in place. The UAF test site is one of six approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct UAS research.
At 2:09 a.m. on March 3, 2014, aurora researchers launched a NASA sounding rocket over a display that rippled above northern Alaska. The rocket flew through the electric particles flowing down to create an aurora, allowing scientists to measure both the particles and the electric fields changed by the aurora.
From Poker Flat Research Range, the rocket reached the high point of its arc 200 miles above the village of Venetie. There, above the visible aurora, probes from the rocket extended like arms to measure electric and magnetic fields altered by the brilliant aurora.