HAARP to Resume Operations as University Research Facility
The High Frequency Active
Auroral Research Program - better known by the acronym HAARP - will be returned
to service under the stewardship of the University of Alaska at Fairbanks (UAF).
The facility had been built by the US Air Force in 1990 and its high-powered
transmitters were used to create artificial auroras for research purposes (the
facility had also been a favorite of conspiracy theorists). Last year, the Air
Force shut it down and announced plans to demolish it. Now, according to the ARRL
Letter, a combination of pressure from political and scientific circles has
prompted the Air Force to agree to sell the facilities and equipment at HAARP
to UAF. The transfer was to be effective on August 11, with additional
negotiations to be conducted over the next two years for the sale of the land
on which the facility is built as well.