A NASA team is stationed at Fort Wainwright

FAIRBANKS- A team from NASA is testing high- altitude lasers across the arctic and they are stationed at Fort Wainwright. They’re using a specialized plane which carries the instruments up to 65- thousand feet, about twice as high as jet airliners fly. The Plane simulates the conditions of satellites and allows researchers to design software for the lasers.
In several years, NASA will use the new software to measure sea ice, glaciers, and water-level changes around the globe. The team has gathered data near Juneau, the Alaska Peninsula, and the actual North Pole. Members say the weather has been the trickiest obstacle for the lasers because they can't run through dense clouds. Despite the untimely weather, they are getting important data.