BAE Systems completes facility for Ionospheric Physics research

BAE Systems completes facility for Ionospheric Physics research

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Gakona, USA, 27 June 2007: BAE Systems has completed work on the ionospheric research facility called High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program (HAARP). The facility will be used to study interactions between high-power radio signals and the earth’s ionosphere.

“HAARP is a scientific project to study the properties and behavior of the ionosphere, with emphasis on using the ionosphere to improve communications and surveillance systems for civilian and defense purposes,” said Rob Jacobsen, HAARP Program Director for BAE Systems.

As the prime contractor for the U.S. Defense Department’s HAARP research station, BAE Systems designed and built the facility, operating software, and controls under a series of contracts valued at more than $250 million from the Office of Naval Research.

The research station was dedicated on June 27 in a ceremony held at the Gakona site. Construction of the station was jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

It includes 360 radio transmitters with a combined power of 3.6 megawatts; 180, 68-foot-tall antennas covering an area of 40 acres; and five large generators providing more than 16 megawatts of power.