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Notes Skip to main content Home Geophysical Institute MAIN NAVIGATION Home About People Research Facilities Services Events Students Shop Donate Login High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) Breadcrumb Home /Facilities /High-Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP) The High-frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, is a scientific endeavor aimed at studying the properties and behavior of the ionosphere. Operation of the research facility was transferred from the United States Air Force to the University of Alaska Fairbanks on Aug. 11, 2015, allowing HAARP to continue with exploration of ionospheric phenomenology via a land-use cooperative research and development agreement. HAARP is the world's most capable high-power, high-frequency transmitter for study of the ionosphere. The HAARP program is committed to developing a world-class ionospheric research facility consisting of: The Ionospheric Research Instrument, a high power transmitter facility operating in the High Frequency range. The IRI can be used to temporarily excite a limited area of the ionosphere for scientific study. A sophisticated suite of scientific or diagnostic instruments that can be used to observe the physical processes that occur in the excited region. Observation of the processes resulting from the use of the IRI in a controlled manner will allow scientists to better understand processes that occur continuously under the natural stimulation of the sun. Scientific instruments installed at the HAARP Observatory can also be used for a variety of continuing research efforts which do not involve the use of the IRI but are strictly passive. These include ionospheric characterization using satellite beacons, telescopic observation of the fine structure in the aurora and documentation of long-term variations in the ozone layer. Summer 2019 Update After three successful open house events in 2016, 2017 and 2018, the HAARP Ionospheric and Radio Science Laboratory in Gakona, Alaska, will not be having an annual open house in 2019. We are optimistic we’ll be able to open the facility to the public again in 2020. Here’s what we’re focusing on over the next few months: Facility Improvements We are revitalizing many of the research instruments on site and installing new project equipment. While the 33-acre Ionospheric Research Instrument gets most of the attention, HAARP also maintains a suite of equipment, sensors and cameras for both national and international researchers. Planning for Sustainability We’re continuing our work with University of Alaska leadership and our Alaska congressional delegation to develop policy language and funding models that will sustain the research facility well into the future. To further discussions at a national level, a HAARP Summit was conducted at the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, DC, in April 2019, which resulted in strong support from the research community. HAARP was also included in the United States Arctic Research Commission Goals and Objectives For Arctic Research Report for 2019-2020. Community Support and Engagement While we won’t be putting on an open house this year, we’re continuing to look for ways to bring HAARP research to the public. You’ll find a network of #UAFHAARP supporters on social media. Follow real-time developments with us on Twitter @UAFHAARP and @UAFGI and our Facebook pages. We encourage you to share the social media posts with your network so we can extend the conversation with a broader range of Alaskans and research stakeholders. Thank you for your continued support. For further questions, please email [email protected] or call 907-474-1100. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) About HAARP What Is HAARP? What Is HAARP Used For? Why Was HAARP Developed? Who Owns HAARP? How Does HAARP Work? Why Is HAARP in Gakona, Alaska? When Was HAARP Built? What Is a Research Campaign? Who Conducts Research at HAARP? Can I Visit HAARP? If I Have Further Questions, Who Can I Contact? HAARP and the Military Why Are There Still Air Force Signs Around HAARP? Are There Military Members Assigned to HAARP? Is HAARP a Classified Project? Environmental Effects Are There Any Long-term Effects of Ionospheric Heating? How Much Power Does HAARP Take From the Power Grid? Are There Health Hazards Associated with Electromagnetic Fields Produced by HAARP? Can HAARP Control or Manipulate the Weather? Can HAARP Exert Mind Control Over People? Can HAARP Create Chemtrails? Funding How Do Scientists Pay for Active Research at HAARP? Scientific Questions Does the Ionospheric Research Instrument Operate Continuously? Where Can I Get Access to Real-time Data From HAARPs Passive Instruments? How Much Power Is Required to Operate the Ionospheric Research Instrument? Can HAARP Create an Artificial Aurora? Can HAARP Be Used To Generate VLF or ELF, that is Very Low Frequency or Extremely Low Frequency Signals? Where can I find publications about HAARP research? Other Questions This Is All Very Confusing. When Does UAF-GI Release Exact Campaign Dates? What Are the Accomplishments Of HAARP? What Kind of Federal and State Permits and Licenses are Required at HAARP? Does HAARP Have a Community Outreach Program? HAARP CAMPAIGNS The next research campaign is TBD. 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