Above, today’s NEXSAT satellite image over New York City from Navy Satellite. So, there’s this obscuration, plus the CARE Rocket.
Here is more information on today’s experiment. HAARP and other antenna arrays are being used, I see Norway’s antenna array will be in operation. This information was forwarded to me from California Skywatch.
Check out News With Views article by Rosalind Peterson. In her article, Prof. Wayne A. Scales is quoted
“…CARE will release its (aluminum oxide) (4), dust particles a bit higher than that, then let them settle back down to a lower altitude.”What the CARE experiment hopes to do is to create an artificial dust layer,” Professor Scales told SPACE.com. “Hopefully it’s a creation in a controlled sense, which will allow scientists to study different aspects of it, the turbulence generated on the inside, the distribution of dust particles and such.” CARE is a project of the Naval Research Laboratory and the Department of Defense Space Test Program. The spacecraft will launch aboard a NASA four-stage Black Brant XII suborbital sounding rocket…Researchers will track the CARE dust cloud for days or even months to study its behavior and development over time…If CARE cannot launch Tuesday, the team can try again between Sept. 16 and Sept. 20, 2009…”
Here is the PDF document from Prof. Wayne A. Scales notes (maybe a PowerPoint document) with the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Here are some notes from the PDF. This is a chemical alteration of the atmosphere that will affect climate.
How is the space environment perturbed ?
- Injection of charged particle beams (heavy ions Injection of charged particle beams or electron beams)
- Release of chemicals that Release of chemicals that photoionize (barium)
- Release of chemicals that attach electrons (nickel carbonyl, sulfur hexafluride trifloromethyl bromide)
- Release of aerosol particles (space shuttle exhaust)
- Injection of high power radio waves from space or the ground (HAARP, or the ground (HAARP, Arecibo, EISCAT Tromso)
Why is this an important area of research?
- Allows study of basic physics of the near earth environment
- Allows for control of some physical processes in the space environment
- Allows for possible denial of adversary communication/navigation systems (military)
- Allows for possible new communication system techniques (military)
- Artificial Perturbation of Natural Dust Clouds in the Space Environment (Sponsored by NSF)
- Creation of Artificial Dust Clouds in the Space Environment (Sponsored by NRL)
- Creation of Artificial Plasma Clouds in Space for Remediation of Radioactive Particles after High Altitude Thermonuclear Detonation HAND (Sponsored by ONR and NRL)