News and Upcoming Events


Thursday, August 11. The Power Grid Defense Case: To Enable the Settlement of Space?

HAL5 August free public talk will take place at the Huntsville-Madison County Main Library Main Auditorium. In preparation for our inaugural Power Grid Defense Conference on September 20-21, 2016 at the Huntsville Marriott, Mr. Greg Allison will be making a case for "The Power Grid Defense Case: To Enable the Settlement of Space?" He will also give us a glimpse of the event, and how important it is in all aspects of our life.

The Achilles heel of our modern world is our power grid. Today we are so dependent upon it that its loss could end civilization as we know it. Unfortunately the probability of this is very high if we do nothing. The threats to the grid range from terrorist activities, solar Coronal Mass Ejections (CME), to nuclear generated Electromagnetic Pulses (EMP). The chances are this could rob us of our ability to develop and settle space. Come see what you can do to prevent this and enable our future in space.

Thursday, September 1. Orion versus Poseidon: Understanding How NASA's Crewed Capsule Survives Nature's Fury

HAL5 September free public talk will take place at the Huntsville-Madison County Main Library Main Auditorium. Mr. Robert (BJ) Barbré of Jacobs Engineering support NASA MSFC will be talking to us about "Orion versus Poseidon: Understanding How NASA's Crewed Capsule Survives Nature's Fury."

The presentation summarizes the Marshall Space Flight Center Natural Environments Terrestrial and Planetary Environments (TPE) Team support to the NASA Orion space vehicle. The Orion vehicle, part of the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Program, is designed to carry astronauts beyond low- earth orbit and is currently undergoing a series of tests including Exploration Flight Test (EFT) - 1. This design must address the natural environment to which the capsule and launch vehicle are exposed during all mission phases. In addition, the design must, to the best extent possible, implement the same process and data to be utilized on launch day. The TPE utilizes meteorological data to assess the sensitivities of the vehicle due to the terrestrial environment. The presentation describes examples of TPE support for vehicle design and several tests, as well as support for EFT-1 and planning for upcoming Exploration Missions while emphasizing the importance of accounting for the natural environment's impact to the vehicle early in the vehicle's program.


September 20-21, 2016. Power Grid Defense Conference Hosted by HAL5

The purpose of the two-day 2016 Power Grid Defense Conference in Huntsville is to spearhead crucial and long-overdue initiatives to safeguard electrical power grids in the United States from natural and man-made threats. The Conference will address the grave threats to life in the case of catastrophic power grid loss, formulate a plan of action at both the state and federal levels to prevent such attacks, and educate the public as to the consequences should such steps not be taken and implemented.

The Conference will provide mechanisms for Alabama to join the small handful of states that have already decided to harden their own power grids, spread this to other states, and use this as leverage to promulgate federal activities to secure the grid nationally. The Conference will provide a badly needed platform for appeals to the federal government to take concrete actions; while enabling parallel efforts at both State and local levels in formulating contingency and risk mitigation plans. Huntsville's unparalleled foundation in defense and space programs provides the wealth of expertise and the credibility needed to rally support for this cause and stimulate future conferences addressing this topic.
You can find out more about the conference and how you can participate in it at Power Grid Defense Conference



Saturday, October 22. Astronomy Day 2016

Hosted by our friends at Von Braun Astronomical Society.

Recently, HAL5 received the NSS Chapter Excellence Award for Education Outreach for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

For a fifth year in a row, HAL5 was awarded one of the NSS Chapter Excellence Award. Special thanks to our members, supporters and attendees of our monthly programs to HAL5 one of the most active chapter in NSS! Thank you!


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