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New Poker Flat Rockets for 2015

Anyone that is interested in more Poker Flat Rockets should read this article that was posted in the local paper a few days ago. -Troy

Back online for the 2014-15 season.

Today I was finally able to fix my DNS issues and restart the camera for the 2014-15 season. Lets hope its another great year for the aurora. More news to come soon. -Troy

New Live Stream/ What I know about this rocket

From what I've been told they are going to hold off on the rocket until the 24th. Here are a few useful links related to the UAF Poker Flat rocket launch. I also have a timelapse from 2003 that shows what it should look like from the webcam.


UAF Poker Flat 2014 Launch Schedule

2014 Samara Mission Blog 
I find that this is currently not up to date if the informaiton I've been told is correct.

Live Stream from Poler Flats   
I have never watch this stream while they are launching a rocket. I'm not really sure where the stream is, How it will play out and if it will be on when they go to launch the rocket. As far as I can tell so far it is a bunch of guys setting around in chairs.

Rocket Launch Sample from Dec 2003


Some rocket photos Ive taken in the past:

troybirdsall rocket-2 troybirdsall rocket-4

troybirdsall rocket-1

Broken code removed. Site loads faster? E-mail for support.

I have had some issues with the site hanging on page load. I found a broken link to a background image that I had on the site. Anyone remember? I have since removed this broken code and think that maybe it has helped increase the load time for the site. If anyone is still having troubles please e-mail me to get support. -Troy

Have you cleared your browsers cache

I have had a few reports of the website not accpecting usernames and passwords. Last week I updated a few database programs. You may need to clear your browsers cache before it will let you log into the site. IF YOU CANNOT LOGIN PLEASE TRY THIS. On windows hit CTRL+F5 to reload the page. On a MAC hit command+R to reload page. Then try to login. IF this still doesn't work please go to your browser options and clear cache and all saved website data. Any questions or comments as always please feel free to E-mail me and I will try to help as much as I can. -Troy

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Latest Message: 4 days, 4 hours ago
  • george2624 : Stars & aurora!
  • MikeShow : and another
  • MikeShow : There goes another rocket.
  • MikeShow : They are producing a very different green glow.
  • MikeShow : around 12:19am Alaska time.
  • MikeShow : Have you seen the rockets?
  • Robinshoods : Just aw a meteor
  • Hasbro : So, maybe a good show later tonight, as conditions are good.
  • Hasbro : Sorry, just a little something I picked up while checking the Bz value. Sorry.
  • Hasbro : that the direction of the Interplanetary Magnetic Field (Bz) turns south. A strong southward orientated IMF gives us nice aurora displays.
  • Hasbro : Wowza. 60% chance of geomagnetic storms. Bz value already way south. The direction of the Interplanetary Magnetic Field (Bz) is the most important ingredient if we want to see auroras. When orientated southward, this will propagate charged particles into the Van Allen belt around Earth. These particles enter our atmosphere and collide with particles of our atmosphere and generate energy. To release that energy it will emit light, the aurora. For a geomagnetic storm to develop it is vital that t
  • Troy : Kbwhat, I have not made any changes to the way the camera works. Please power your iPad off and on. If you still have problems please email me.
  • Kbwhat : Why do I get a message that format isn't supported - this is on my iPad that use to support it
  • Troy : still some snow on the camera from last night
  • dixiej : Is the sky clear? I see stars but kinda foggy.
  • Hasbro : Sorry didn't all fit.
  • Hasbro : Collins’ and Larsen’s rocket launches will happen within the same hour. Collins’ first rocket will blast off when there is moderate aurora and a temperature inversion in the upper atmosphere. Larsen’s first rocket will follow two minutes later. Collins’ second rocket will leave the rail 30 minutes after that. When another two minutes pass, Larsen’s second rocket, and the final of the four - rocket sequence, will blast off. Tuesday, Jan. 13, is the first possible date for the launch. L
  • Hasbro : Wowza - - should be great video archive footage when it happens. Here's another description::
  • Hasbro : Local paper says it could go any night conditions are right thru the 29th. 2 50' rockets w/in minutes of each other. Should be a nice show. The comments following the article are amusing.
  • Hasbro : Sorry for autocorrect - - I believe it was Samara in that case

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