Anchorage Press News
Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
HAARP Plays One Last Song
Researchers have used HAARP to explore the ionosphere for the past 24 years.
Weeks away from the shuttering of one of the world’s most powerful radio transmission systems, researcher Chris Fallen was using it to create heavenly music mixers in the sky.
He’d spent two months training to be the system’s new operator so that it could continue on under university management. But in May he learned the U.S. military would dismantle the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, in early June.
“It’s a bit of a disappointment,” Fallen said of the impending closure. “For two months, many people believed UAF could take over the facility and develop a new funding model for it.”
“The first time anyone noticed that humans could alter the ionosphere was in 1933.”
“If it could be shown that the thing could operate safely, Begich said, he’d like to see its capabilities for providing underground radio imaging put to practical civilian use – such as for finding natural gas and oil reservoirs.”
“Begich said he thinks the potential risks of the project have never been fully addressed, studied or mitigated.”
(Deep-earth imaging was an early project of HAARP. “Imaging of Underground Structure Using HAARP,” Feb. 1999, a report of early results by geophysicist and HAARP researcher Randal L. Mackie.”