The Huntsville Alabama L5 (HAL5) Society has made significant contributions toward developing cheap access to space technology, space education, and public outreach since it was formed in 1983. Members share the enthusiasm that space development can stimulate our world with immeasurable benefits in the areas of education, energy, environment, industry, resources, and ultimately room to grow for our society. HAL5 and the National Space Society (NSS) believe that by educating and working with the public, the government, as well as private industry, the date when routine, safe, and affordable space travel is available, can be sooner rather than later.
For over 30 years, HAL5 has sponsored numerous educational projects,
conferences, and activities in Huntsville. HAL5 continues to host a
series of public lectures, forums, and events on space-related topics,
at both the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and the Huntsville Public
Library. Hot topics have included the International Space Station (ISS),
The NASA Space Launch System (SLS), space science, as well as public and
private attempts to provide cheap access to space, space sciences,
technologies and book lectures. In 1997 HAL5 made the Guinness Book of
World Records with the launch of Sky Launch 1. Based on an estimated
rocket apogee between 30 and 36 nautical miles, HAL5 claims the world
record for highest altitude achieved to date by an amateur rocket as
well as by a hybrid rocket of any kind.
HAL5 Note Worthy Dates
At the 1993 and 2011 ISDC between 700 and 850 space enthusiasts from
all around the globe gathered at the Huntsville Hilton to hear over 120
speakers lecture and debate on the benefits of space and on what it
would take to get there.
In 1994, HAL5 began its biggest project ever, Project HALO (for "High-Altitude Lift-Off"). The goals of this project are no less than to provide cheap access to space for small clubs and student groups. HAL5 has made significant contributions toward the development of nitrous-oxide hybrid rockets (over 300 static test firings) and their near-space launch from high altitude balloons.
President: Yohon Lo
Vice President: Robert Bijvoet
Treasurer: Ronnie Lajoie
Secretary: David Newsome
Membership: Robin Scott
Publicity: Josh Brock
Education Outreach: David Hewitt
Office term: January 1, 2016 to December 31, 2016.
Keep Huntsville and its neighbors informed of the positive benefits of space research and development, whether by NASA, other governments, or private industry.
Alert Huntsville and vicinity during the times for action, whenever letters, calls, and/or petitions can improve our chances for becoming a spacefaring civilization.
Via Project HALO, lead the way in showing the public, the government, and private industry, that cheap access to space can indeed be made a reality!
HAL5 is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3), grassroots, space educational / advocacy organization. You can find out more information about HAL5 on our website or by joining usin person at one of our monthly meetings. Help us reach for the stars!
Ad Astra per Aruda! --- To the Stars by Our Own Hands