The High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, also known as HAARP is to be transferred from military operation to "civillian control", as the site is handed over to the University of Alaska, which will continue to use the mysterious facility for experiments.
"The Air Force Research Lab has control of the HAARP facility until Aug. 11," Marmian Grimes, a university of Alaska spokesperson, wrote in an email to The Intercept.
"After that, the university will have access to the site under the terms of an agreement between [University of Alaska Fairbanks] and the Air Force. That agreement allows access for two years, which will provide the university and the Air Force time to negotiate an agreement regarding the transfer of the land."
HAARP was officially constructed with the stated goal of studying the ionosphere. It is made up of a huge array of radio transmitters and antennas, which generate radio waves to heat up portions of the ionosphere, the region of Earth's upper atmosphere, from about 60 km (37 mi) to 1,000 km (620 mi) altitude, which is ionized by solar radiation.
The heat accelerates electrons, creating conditions for military scientists to conduct experiments.
The facility has long been the subject of intense scrutiny among those who believe the Pentagon constructed and used it to conduct research into everything from weather and natural phenomenon manipulation weapons to more esoteric studies, such as electronic and psychotronic mind control.