UAF extends rocket launch season

Posted: Tuesday, March 18, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- The Poker Flat Research Range has extended its rocket launch season, the University of Alaska Fairbanks said Monday.

The extended season will give two rocket missions designed to study the aurora more time to perform their experiments.

Scientists now plan from Wednesday through April 7 to look for more favorable conditions to launch six rockets.

Principal investigators Mark Conde and Miguel Larsen said a second launch window in late February and early March failed to produce the right conditions.

The mission, known as the Horizontal E-region Experiment or HEX project, will differ from other Poker Flat launches because the rocket will tip on its side in mid-flight.

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