Ionospheric research program shut down FAIRBANKS, Alaska — An ionospheric research facility near Glennallen has shut down and it's not clear how long the closure will last. The official in charge of the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program wouldn't comment on the program's status. But Roger Smith, an emeritus professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, says the closure followed the end of a contract with the Marsh Creek Corp. The university has long been involved in research at the facility. Smith says a new contract is expected with another corporation. The closure is affecting work by scientists like Chris Fallon, who has a grant through the Air Force's Young Investigator Research Program. He says real-time data for his work to investigate artificial auroras created by the facility hasn't been available since last month.