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.
The Alaska Science and Technology Plan
Alaska’s economy is based on knowledge. Research – the expansion of knowledge – can improve the state’s resilience and competitiveness and contribute to human progress. While Alaska’s vast size, extreme climate, and scattered population present challenges for science and technology development, the state also offers many advantages: a rich resource base, a unique Arctic location, an educated population and increasingly well-regarded university system, and a landscape ideally suited for the study of human and natural systems undergoing climatic and social change...
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.