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The Poker Flat Research Range (PFRR) is a launch facility and rocket range for sounding rockets in the U.S. state of Alaska, owned and operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Geophysical Institute since 1968. The world's largest land-based rocket range, it is situated on a 5,132-acre (20.7 km²) site located approximately 30 miles (48 km) northeast of Fairbanks. More than 1,700 launches have been conducted at the range to study the Earth's atmosphere and the interaction between the atmosphere and the space environment .[1] Areas studied at PFRR include the aurora, the ozone layer, solar proton events, Earth's magnetic field, and ultraviolet radiation. A rocket launch site is a facility for the launch of rockets. ... A Redstone rocket, part of the Mercury program The traditional definition of a rocket is a vehicle, missile or aircraft which obtains thrust by the reaction to the ejection of fast moving exhaust gas from within a rocket engine. ... A sounding rocket, sometimes called an elevator research rocket, is an instrument-carrying suborbital rocket designed to take measurements and perform scientific experiments during its flight. ... A state of the United States (a U.S. state) is any one of the fifty states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, along with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... Official language(s) English Capital Juneau Largest city Anchorage Area  Ranked 1st  - Total 663,267 sq mi (1,717,854 km²)  - Width 808 miles (1,300 km)  - Length 1,479 miles (2,380 km)  - % water 13. ... The University of Alaska Fairbanks is the Fairbanks branch and flagship institution of the University of Alaska System, and is abbreviated as UAF. UAF is a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution, as well as the site at which the Alaska State Constitution was signed. ... 1968 (MCMLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1968 calendar). ... Nickname: The Golden Heart City Location Coordinates , Government Country  State   Borough United States  Alaska   Fairbanks North Star Incorporated November 10, 1903 Mayor Steve M. Thompson Geographical characteristics Area     City 84. ... Earth (often referred to as The Earth) is the third planet in the solar system in terms of distance from the Sun, and the fifth in order of size. ... Aurora borealis Aurora borealis The aurora is a glow observed in the night sky, usually in the polar zone. ... The ozone layer, or ozonosphere layer (rarely used term), is that part of the Earths atmosphere which contains relatively high concentrations of ozone (O3). ... A Solar Proton Event occurs when high-energy protons, ejected from the suns surface during a solar flare, get caught by the Earths magnetic field and cause ionization in the ionosphere. ... The magnetosphere shields the surface of the Earth from the charged particles of the solar wind. ... Ultraviolet (UV) light is electromagnetic radiation with a wavelength shorter than that of visible light, but longer than soft X-rays. ...

The PFRR originated from University of Alaska auroral research in the 1920s. Sounding rockets were first used for this in 1946. In 1968 the UAF Geophysical Institute leased the land that became the PFRR from the state of Alaska, and the range's facilities were completed in 1972.[2]

Support facilities at Poker Flat Research Range include five launch pads, including two optimized for severe weather operations. Range facilities include a blockhouse and a payload assembly building. Three S band antennas are used to collect telemetry, and a C band radar is used for tracking.[3] A launch pad is designed and built to meet a launch vehicles special needs and requirements. ... The S band ranges from 2. ... Telemetry is a technology that allows the remote measurement and reporting of information of interest to the system designer or operator. ... C band (compromise band) is a portion of electromagnetic spectrum in the microwave range of frequencies ranging from 4 to 6 GHz. ...

The Honeywell Datalynx PF1 ground station supports PFRR operations of many NASA spacecraft including Aqua, Aura, Terra, and Landsat 7 with S band and X band services. PF1 is part of the Earth Observing System Polar Ground Network (EPGN), along with the Alaska Ground Station (AGS). Other ground stations in the EPGN include the Svalbard Ground Station (SGS), the Kongsberg-Lockheed Martin ground station (SKS), and the Svalsat ground station (SG3) in Norway. Honeywell (NYSE: HON) is a major American multinational corporation that produces electronic control systems and automation equipment. ... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion, because: Test page? If you disagree with its speedy deletion, please explain why on its talk page or at Wikipedia:Speedy deletions. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Aqua (EOS PM-1) is a multi-national NASA scientific research satellite in orbit around the Earth, studying the precipitation, evaporation, and cycling of water. ... Aura spacecraft Aura is a multi-national NASA scientific research satellite in orbit around the Earth, studying the Earths ozone, air quality and climate. ... Terra (EOS AM-1) is a multi-national NASA scientific research satellite in orbit around the Earth. ... Landsat 7 is the latest satellite of the Landsat program. ... The S band ranges from 2. ... The X band (3-cm radar spot-band) of the microwave band of the electromagnetic spectrum roughly ranges from 5. ... The Earth Observing System (EOS) is a program of NASA comprising a series of artificial satellite missions and scientific instruments in Earth orbit designed for long-term global observations of the land surface, biosphere, atmosphere, and oceans of the Earth. ... Kongsberg (lit. ... Lockheed/BAE/Northrop F-35 Lockheed Trident missile C-130 Hercules; in production since the 1950s, now as the C-130J Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is an aerospace manufacturer formed in 1995 by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta. ...


  1. ^ Poker Flat Research Range General Information. (April 2003). Retrieved on 2006-04-11.
  2. ^ Poker Flat Research Range History. (April 2003). Retrieved on 2006-04-11.
  3. ^ Poker Flat Research Range Facilities. (September 2004). Retrieved on 2006-04-11.

2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ... 2006 (MMVI) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... April 11 is the 101st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (102nd in leap years). ...

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Alaska Science Explained - Neal Brown - My Professional Resume (1233 words)
As Director of the Poker Flat facility from 1971 through 1989 I managed the operation of the Range and its scientific support programs, and coordinated these efforts to the needs of the Range users.
Research Assistant, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, 1964-1966.
Director, Poker Flat Research Range, Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska, 1983-1989.
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