• Forecast
  • News Tip
  • Categories
Temperature Precipitation
Estimated read time

NASA project to check out summer sea ice

By Associated Press 11:55 AM July 18, 2014
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) –

NASA is using a high-altitude, converted U2 spy plane to test technology over Arctic sea ice.

KUAC (http://is.gd/7qFa8C) reports the long-winged ER-2 jet is based in Fairbanks for three weeks for testing and developing technology for satellite applications.

The three-week project using airborne laser technology will allow scientists to get a preview of a satellite mission NASA plans to launch in 2017. It’s also a follow-up to a 2012 scan in Iceland using the laser technology, known as lidar.

The flights are being conducted at 65,000 feet over Arctic sea ice and Alaska glaciers.

Assistant NASA research scientist Kelly Blunt says the project will be used to develop a computer program to interpret the data collected.

The project operating out of Fairbanks began July 12 and continues until Aug. 1.


Information from: KUAC-FM, http://www.kuac.org

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


Latest Stories

  • Army vet wins battle to play college basketball

    by Dave Leval on Oct 24, 10:07

    Isaiah Brock has one less thing to worry about at Oakland University. “I was very excited for them overturning their decision, I was very excited,” Brock said in a phone interview while at the campus near Detroit. The freshman forward came to the school to pursue a dream, but almost became a nightmare after the […]

  • News

    Cub Scouts receive outpouring of donations from Alaskans following theft

    by Eric Ruble on Oct 24, 7:42

    Cub Scout Pack 369 was devastated when its trailer was stolen in early October. Inside was roughly $3,500 worth of camping supplies and popcorn that was hours away from being delivered to customers. The theft crushed the boys’ hopes for their camping trip next summer. However, since the trailer was stolen, Alaskans have come together […]

  • Politics

    2016 November election: When, where and how to cast your ballot

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 23, 18:54

    The 2016 November election is right around the corner. Early voting kicks off on Monday, Oct. 24 — just over two weeks before Election Day on Nov. 8. Who am I voting for? This is a big election year. Voters will have a number of candidates to choose from for their district’s state legislative representatives, […]

  • Police seek surveillance footage of early morning shooting near Spenard

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 23, 18:36

    No one was injured in a Sunday morning shooting near Spenard, but Anchorage police say a parked vehicle was damaged by at least one bullet. In a statement about the incident, police said they are hoping residents in the area of Eureka Street and W 32nd Avenue will be able to provide surveillance footage or information […]

  • News

    Troopers: Kasilof man killed in late-night crash

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 23, 14:15

    A Kasilof man died in a single-vehicle wreck late Saturday night, Alaska State Troopers report. Someone reported the wreck on Kalifornsky Beach Road to troopers around 11:40 p.m. and did not know where the driver of the vehicle was, according to an online dispatch. When troopers arrived less than 20 minutes later, they found the […]

  • News

    Report: California soldiers must repay enlistment bonuses

    by KTVA / AP on Oct 23, 11:58

    Nearly 10,000 California National Guard soldiers have been ordered to repay huge enlistment bonuses a decade after signing up to serve in Iraq and Afghanistan. The Los Angeles Times reports the Pentagon demanded the money back after audits revealed overpayments by the California Guard eager to fill ranks and hit enlistment targets. Faced with a […]

  • Lifestyle

    New bumble bee, flower fly species discovered in Denali National Park

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Oct 23, 10:48

    Two new species of pollinating bugs have been discovered in Denali National Park and Preserve, according to park officials. The new species were discovered during a 2012 pollinator survey in the park, a statement from park officials explained. “I think these two new discoveries really highlight the fact that there is still so much to learn […]

  • News

    Presbyterian church first to present statewide apology at AFN

    by Liz Raines on Oct 22, 19:50

    The Presbyterian church becomes the first religious organization to officially apologize at #2016AFN to @NativeFed for oppression, abuse. pic.twitter.com/xP3gPYPHWz — Liz Raines (@lrainesktva) October 22, 2016 FAIRBANKS – It was a historic moment for the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Saturday. For the first time, a religious organization came before an AFN convention to apologize […]