Physics Department Seminar University of Alaska Fairbanks

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Rockets Over the Greenland Sea: An Overview of UAF Support for Two Forthcoming "Cusp Grand Challenge" Rocket Missions


Mark Conde with
Don Hampton, Jason Ahrns, Kylee Branning, Matt Blandin, and John Elliott

Physics Department/Geophysical Institute, UAF



The Cusp Grand Challenge Initiative (GCI) is a two-year international program of sounding rocket missions to study the physics of Earth's outer atmosphere and magnetosphere in the geomagnetic cusp regions. The campaign is jointly led by NASA and the Norwegian Space Agency, together with science teams from the US and international partners. UAF is currently preparing to participate in two GCI launches in during November and December of 2019. We are the lead science institution for the C-REX-2 mission, and a Co-I institution for a project called CHI. Our field team consists of four graduate students and two faculty members, who will be working with additional Co-Is and students from multiple institutions from the US, Norway, Canada, Japan, and the UK. The UAF team will be spread across the high Arctic in four locations - Andenes (Norway), Longyearbyen and Ny Alesund (Svalbard), and aboard a NASA-operated Gulfstream-3 jet flying over the Greenland Sea from a base in Reykjavik (Iceland). While I will briefly discuss the scientific goals these missions, the main emphasis will on presenting an illustrated overview of where our team members will be going and what they will be doing. UAF has a deep portfolio of scientific studies requiring field work in remote and exotic geographic locations. The motivation for this talk is to present just one example of the many the exciting opportunities that these projects offer to students interested in research here at UAF.


Friday, 18 Oct. 2019

Globe Room, Elvey Building