What is the government really up to near Gakona, Alaska?" Officially, this 33-acre gravel pad near the Tok Highway 180 miles northeast of Anchorage
is the home of the high-frequency active auroral research program (HAARP).
Depending upon who you ask for a more detailed description, HAARP is either a futuristic weapon, a scientific research project, a global mind control
General Questions about HAARP.
What is HAARP?
HAARP stands for The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program. The goal of this program is to further advance our knowledge of the physical and
electrical properties of the Earth's ionosphere which can affect our military and civilian communication and navigation systems. The HAARP
ionospheric research observatory in Gakona will be used for these studies.
Who is building the HAARP facility?
The HAARP program is jointly managed by the Air Force Research Laboratory and the Office of Naval Research. The facility is being constructed by
commercial contractors through a contract with ONR.
When did the HAARP program start?
The HAARP program began in 1990.
Where is the HAARP facility located?
The HAARP Observatory is located approximately 8 miles north of Gakona, Alaska.
What are the geographic coordinates of the observatory?
The facility is located at:
62 deg 23.5 min North Latitude
145 deg 8.8 min West Longitude
Why was Alaska chosen for HAARP?
An Alaskan site was required since Alaska is the only state that is in the auroral region. In fact, the site chosen for HAARP is ideal on two
1. The Alaskan ionosphere over HAARP can be characterized as mid-latitude, auroral or polar depending on how active the sun is at any given time and
day. This gives a very wide variety of ionospheric conditions to study.
2. The HAARP research facility consists of two major subsystems: (1) the HF transmitter, and (2) the other scientific, observational instruments that
have been designed and built and which are also being installed at the site. The two subsystems are equal in research importance. The scientific
observation instruments require a quiet electromagnetic location. Such quiet locations are only found away from cities and built up areas. This is the
reason, for example, that optical telescopes are built on remote mountaintops: to avoid the optical "noise" associated with big cities.
Does the facility operate continuously?
Scientific instruments at the ionospheric observatory operate continuously to monitor the natural geomagnetic environment. Data collected by these
instruments is archived and made available in chart format in real time on our web site.
The HF Transmitter at the HAARP facility is used infrequently and is primarily operated to support research campaigns where groups of scientists
collaborate to conduct interactive research.
Can I visit HAARP?
The HAARP Observatory is a facility that is still under development and there is insufficient on-site staff to allow routine tours of the facility.
Entry to the facility is normally restricted to those having a need to conduct business at the facility.
We recognize that there is great interest in the scientific work of the facility and, as a result, we hold an annual open house, generally of two days
duration, at which any and all are invited to visit the site and take photographs of the buildings and instruments located there. Several scientists
are usually present at these open houses so that visitors can talk directly with those who will eventually use the observatory. Open houses have been
held since 1995 and have proven to be a popular event.
How can I find out about the Open Houses?
Open Houses are generally held at the end of the summer season and the dates and times are announced in advance on the HAARP Home Page.
Is there a HAARP visitor's center?
The Observatory is still being developed and there is currently no visitor's center.
Is HAARP a classified project?
The HAARP program is completely unclassified. There are no classified documents pertaining to HAARP. The Environmental Impact Process (EIP) documents
have always been, are now, and will always be completely descriptive of the program in its entirety. The EIP documents are a matter of public record.
HAARP operations building
[Edited on 9-9-2003 by quaneeri]