Poker Flat Research Range prepares rocket for launch

by Amy Hartley, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks
01 Feb 2013

Staff and scientists at Poker Flat Research Range are busy preparing for the opening of the 2013 launch window that will allow one NASA sounding rocket to take MILENA 2013 flight and arc through an active aurora display over northern Alaska. The launch window is scheduled to span Feb. 2 to 17, 2013. The rocket experiment is named VISIONS, short for “VISualizing Ion Outflow via Neutral atom imaging during a Substorm.”

VISIONS: Seeing the Aurora in a New Light

by Claire De Saravia, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md.
31 Jan 2013

Rocket parts picked up in northern Alaska

Posted: Sunday, January 13, 2013 12:36 am

by Ned Rozell

Following up on a NASA promise to recover spent rocket parts scattered for decades across northern Alaska, workers for Poker Flat Research Range recovered more than 7,000 pounds of debris from 17 different sites in 2012.

Drones becoming easier to fly, but safety, privacy issues leave their everyday use uncertain

Posted: Sunday, December 23, 2012 8:18 pm | Updated: 8:23 pm, Wed Dec 26, 2012.

Sam Friedman /

FAIRBANKS - Three types of unmanned drones shared the smokey airspace with two manned planes over a controlled burn this fall in Florida.

Rocket launches from Poker Flat Research Range

by Ned Rozell/

On Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8:41 p.m. Alaska time, scientists launched a NASA sounding rocket from Poker Flat Research Range into a brilliant aurora display. The rocket mission, designed to gather information on space weather conditions that affect satellite communications, was a success.


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