Audio: Armed with Science 56: High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program
Audio by John Ohab
This edition features a discussion about the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, more commonly known as "HAARP." It is a joint Air Force and Navy research program to enhance our knowledge of the physics of the ionosphere and radio science. The ionosphere, an upper atmosphere layer between about 60 and 200 miles in altitude, contains charged particles created by solar activity. These charged particles can impact long-range communications and space operations. HAARP is a research program and facility whose goal is to understand the impact of the ionosphere on communications and space systems and to aid in the development of methods to improve DoD's utilization of these systems.