HAARP to hold open house, provide public tours of facility this month

    The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) facility in Gakona. (Photo courtesy USAF)

    Gakona, Alaska (KINY) - The public will have an opportunity to tour the High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program during an open house event this month.

    The facility, widely known as HAARP, is in Gakona. The open house is set for Aug. 27, 2022

    The event will provide an opportunity for members of the public to see the research facility firsthand and to learn about the science questions the facility seeks to answer.

    HAARP attracts scientists from universities, government and the private sector.

    A 90-minute self-guided, timed-entry tour will highlight HAARP’s control room, science and history displays, the power plant, with the five generators used during research, transmitters and the 33-acre antenna array, aircraft surveillance radar, the Ionosonde (a radar that checks the status of the ionosphere), the Riometer, which measures cosmic radio noise, and optical equipment domes.

    The University of Alaska Fairbanks acquired HAARP’s research equipment from the U.S. Air Force in August 2015 under an education partnership agreement. The UAF Geophysical Institute operates HAARP under a cooperative research and development agreement. 

    In 2021, the National Science Foundation awarded the Geophysical Institute a five-year $9.3 million grant for a new research observatory at HAARP. The Subauroral Geophysical Observatory for Space Physics and Radio Science will explore Earth’s upper atmosphere and geospace environment.

    Space for the open house is limited. To obtain a free ticket, go to the ticketing page on HAARP’s website.

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