The University of Alaska Fairbank’s Alaska Center for Unmanned Aircraft System Integration teamed up with U.S. Army Alaska to increase the awareness and practical applications of UAS and to ensure safety procedures were in place. The UAF test site is one of six approved by the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct UAS research.
A lidar beam, a combination of radar and a laser, shines approximately 50 miles straight up into the night sky from a building at UAF's Poker Flat Research Range. The beam measures high altitude temperatures in conjunction with a planned rocket launch. (UAF photo by Todd Paris)