It appears that the US government is moving forward with plans to complete the HAARP mission and shut the antenna array down. It appears that the original scope of the HAARP project has been fulfilled and there is little to no interest in investing the required millions for upgrading equipment on the site. No more will we be speculating on whether or not a weather event was spawned from this ionsopheric heater, which is kind of sad since I’ve postulated on this thing over the past few years through a variety of posts. It’s almost like reanimating Lee Harvey Oswald and having him admit to shooting JFK.
I’ve got a good post on Hurricane Sandy and HAARP where I explore the rational aspects of this project:
HAARP’s actual website FAQ shows their two broad missions:
- The study of basic natural processes that occur in the ionosphere under the natural but much stronger influence of solar interaction. This includes studying how the natural ionosphere affects radio signals with the goal of developing techniques that may be available for mitigating these effects to improve the reliability and/or the performance of communication and navigation systems.
- Development of technology to use effects produced through ionospheric interactions. One example of this is learning how to generate new signals in the ELF range for the real application of subsurface communications
So what do these mean? First we must understand what the ionosphere is. The ionosphere is part of the upper atmosphere that is ionized by solar high frequency electromagnetic radiation (ultraviolet and x-ray radiation). It exists between 50 to 300 miles above sea level and resides higher than any function we associate with (e.g. flying in an airplane, hot air balloon, etc). The atmosphere is thin enough here to allow it to ionize. It is referred to as “ionized” because it has excess electrons that give it a negative electrical charge (the protons and electrons are not in balance-this is how electricity works). This ionized is by definition considered plasma. The ionization of the plasma depends on the energy being displaced by the Sun. More sunspot activity equals more radiation, which equals more ionosphere activity.
Basically put, the ionosphere is large mirror that can reflect signals so that you can send energy to other points on the globe.
Of course that probably won’t keep a good conspiracy theorist down; mark my words there MUST be a nefarious plot behind this shut down (*sarcasm*. maybe…). If you want me to toss one out I’ll add this from NPR’s article about it:
“They want to bulldoze it, which is really atrocious to me,” says Dennis Papadopoulos, a physicist at the University of Maryland and a longtime champion of HAARP. “It’s like burning the Alexandria Library.”
Why are they going to bulldoze it?… This is analogous to the deliberate destruction of the CIA MK ULTRA documents as per the instruction of the then-director of the CIA. Not much is left to look over from these mind control experiments, so that leaves conspiracy theorists with plenty of material to speculate on.
Odder yet; that same NPR article actually reveal real secret experiments that happened there, even though HAARP reps vehemently claimed otherwise on shows like Jesse Ventura’s Conspiracy Theory:
HAARP is so powerful, it can create an artificial aurora high in the sky. The research has the potential to improve satellite communications and navigation. And, yes, the military has used it to study things they don’t talk about.
“On occasion there have been secret experiments,” Papadopoulos says. Many of these involve communication with nuclear submarines. HAARP can turn the ionosphere into a giant antenna that can be used to transmit signals underwater.
There are attempts to keep the place going:
But at the moment it looks like Fallen may never get another chance. HAARP was built at the behest of Ted Stevens, a powerful former senator from Alaska. Stevens left office in 2008, and died in a plane crash in 2010. Now the Air Force says it doesn’t want to pay the millions needed to keep HAARP open, so the facility is switching off.
Papadopoulos is fighting to keep the project on standby for a few years, while he and other scientists try to raise money to keep it running. But he worries the Air Force is eager to dismantle the program. If that happens, then HAARP will vanish without a trace.
NBCNews also reported that there are going to be continued research efforts in the ionosphere, but they kept it pretty cryptic…
At a Senate hearing on May 14, Walker said the Air Force has no interest in maintaining the site, and is moving in another direction in ionospheric research.
ADN.com posted more specifics on that quote:
Responding to questions from Sen. Lisa Murkowski during a Senate hearing Wednesday, David Walker, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for science, technology and engineering, said this is “not an area that we have any need for in the future” and it would not be a good use of Air Force research funds to keep HAARP going. “We’re moving on to other ways of managing the ionosphere, which the HAARP was really designed to do,” he said. “To inject energy into the ionosphere to be able to actually control it. But that work has been completed.”