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The phones started ringing around 7:30 pm EDT on Saturday night, Sept. 19th. All along the US Atlantic seaboard, police stations and news desks received reports of strange lights in the sky. John A. Blackwell of Exeter, New Hampshire, snapped this picture of the phenomenon:
"It was an impressive display," says Blackwell. "To the naked eye, it was visible for about a minute."
It looks like a passing comet or a giant, luminous amoeba. But this was pure rocket science. The cloud was created by a Black Brant XII sounding rocket launched from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia. The rocket released a cloud of electrically-charged aerosols near the top of Earth's atmosphere to investigate the formation of noctilucent clouds or "NLCs." Mysterious NLCs form naturally around Earth's poles during the months of northern summer. On this September evening, researchers decided to see if they could create an artificial NLC at mid-latitudes; it seems to have worked.
Ground-based cameras and radars along the Atlantic coast monitored the experiment while the STPSat-1 satellite watched from Earth orbit. Principal investigators at the Naval Research Lab hope the data will reveal much about the microphysics of noctilucent clouds and the possible role of rockets in creating them.
The rocket launched at around 7:30 pm (Eastern Time) from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. It was a four stage rocket and you could see each stage ignite one after another. About four minutes after the launch, it released it's charged aerosol payload to create artificial noctilucent clouds. The release formed an impressive, bright cone shaped cloud. Photo Details: Canon EOS Rebel XSi, 200 ASA, 30s Exposure
Being an expert in computational space plasma physics has involved Wayne Scales in projects from analyzing the effects of high-altitude nuclear detonations to creating and perturbing charged dust clouds in space.
In a multi-university effort funded by the Department of Defense, Scales and Joseph Wang, an aerospace professor, are developing a model to mitigate the impact of the earth's radiation belts on space assets. "This is part of a multi-university effort to counteract a high-altitude nuclear detonation (HAND). Such a detonation won't affect the people on earth, but the radioactive particles are predicted to destroy the electronics on spacecraft and basically wipe out most of the low-earth orbiting satellites in about a week," he says.
The project's goal is to develop novel techniques of generating electromagnetic waves that interact with the radioactive particles and scatters them out of the radiation belt, he says. "One way to do that is to use a big, high-power transmitter on the ground that sends a high power radio wave. Another option would be to use a satellite that has a high-power transmitter, he says."
The Virginia Tech team is involved in a third option: using a spacecraft that ejects chemicals that photo-ionize and create electromagnetic waves which then interact with the radioactive particles to scatter them out of the radiation belts. Scales' and Wang's model addresses the effects within seven days of a high altitude detonation. "We're trying to determine what is the most efficient and quickest way to counteract this threat. How much chemical do we dump?
How much wave energy do we need to create for the scattering to be effective? If we dump a certain amount of chemicals, how much wave energy will be involved?"
Another project in space computation involves noctilucent clouds that form at the edge of space, shine at dusk, and are believed to be related to global climate change. Over the past several years, the team has developed a comprehensive computation model for investigating the interaction of high power radio waves on these charged clouds for diagnostic purposes.
"We've gone as far as we can with the theory; now we want to do experiments to validate our theory;" Scales says. The team is building a radar receiver to use in Alaska at the high frequency active auroral research program (HAARP) facilities
The team not only studies natural clouds, but is involved in a Naval Research Laboratory project to create an artificial noctilucent cloud. Called the charged aerosol release experiment (CARE), the project entails sending a sounding rocket from Wallops Island, Va., to create a large dust cloud over the East Coast.
The Virginia Tech team will be involved in developing a theoretical and computational model to study the turbulence generated in the charged dust cloud. "Radars will be used to bounce signals off the dust cloud to see if the turbulence, which is linked to global change, is the same as a natural noctilucent cloud," Scales says. The sounding rocket project principal investigator is Paul Bernhardt of the Naval Research Laboratory. "We're working to see if the new Blackstone SuperDARN radar will be able to contribute to the project as well."
Could the H.A.A.R.P. Project in Alaska, NOAA, DOE, NASA, Air Force, Department of Defense, etc., be the reason for climate changes that have been escalating since the late 1980s, when the funds and technology allowed for the escalation of atmospheric heating and testing programs like NASA’s TMA Night Cloud tests using trimethylaluminum or the advanced testing of military weapons systems like star wars?
Originally posted by zorgon
nor the fact that it was a NAVY project, nor that HAARP is most definitely involved.
"This is part of a multi-university effort to counteract a high-altitude nuclear detonation (HAND). Such a detonation won't affect the people on earth, but the radioactive particles are predicted to destroy the electronics on spacecraft and basically wipe out most of the low-earth orbiting satellites in about a week," he says.
the commonly accepted definition for LEO is between 160 - 2,000 km (100 - 1,240 miles)
The atmosphere becomes thinner and thinner with increasing altitude, with no definite boundary between the atmosphere and outer space. An altitude of 120 km (75 mi) is where atmospheric effects become noticeable during atmospheric reentry of spacecraft. The Kármán line, at 100 km (62 mi), also is often regarded as the boundary between atmosphere and outer space.
Originally posted by packinmomma
reply to post by Bspiracy
I see patterns much like this, quite frequently, over the south coast of Oregon. I also see "stripe" chemtrails on a weekly basis. The strange thing about "stripes" is that we can be having a gloriously warm, clear day, but within 3-4 hours of their appearance, a fog-type cloud forms - every time. I say fog-type because it isn't the same kind of fog I knew growing up here. To the discerning eye, it has an almost illuminescent (for lack of better words) quality.