News and Upcoming Events

Thursday, February 5 at 7 pm. ULA: America's Ride to Space

Our February public talk will take place on Thursday, February 2 at 7 pm. Mr. Anton Kolomiets from United Launch Alliance (ULA) Decatur Alabama facility will speaking to us about "ULA: America's Ride to Space."

Mr. Kolomiets will gave us a brief history on ULA, ULA's past successes and current go-forward plan with manned space flight, cargo, exploration, including the new Vulcan rocket, possibility of BE-4 engines and composite manufacturing at their Decatur plant. Mr. Kolomiets will also updates us on the NASA's Interim Cryogenic Propulsion Stage (ICPS) that ULA is building for NASA Space Launch System (SLS)'s EM-1 mission in 2018, which is almost ready to be shipped out to Kennedy Space Center soon.

The event will take place at the main auditorium of the Space and Rocket Center / Marshall Education and Training Facility. The event is free and open to the public.

LOCATION: USSRC Education and Training Facility The Education and Training Facility (ETF) is located just past Marriott when you are on your way to Space and Rocket Center. It is the brown building closest to the interstate with USSRC and NASA logo on it.


The auditorium is straight ahead to the back of the building from the main entrance of the building. [ 1 Tranquility Base, Huntsville, AL 35805. Google Map] Our thanks to USSRC for allowing us the use of the facility.

Thursday, December 1. The Making of the First Real Impulse Engine

HAL5 December public talk will be on "Progress on deuterium fusion experiments at UAH: the making of the first real impulse engine" with Dr. Jason Cassibry, UAH. In this talk, Dr. Cassibry will summarize the current state of the Charger-1 fusion propulsion research facility, experimental plans, and mission analysis from Mars to beyond the Oort cloud.

In the short term, the team have made great progress on completing the Charger 1 machine to bring it to initial operating capability, including reaching milestones on the oil system, water deionization system, magnetically insulated transmission line system. Experiments to be performed beginning next year include dummy resistor loads, single wires of lithium and lithium deuteride, and possibly fission/fusion hybrid targets. 3D simulations will be shown of the nozzle, with animations of the gas from a fusion target expanding and being expelled to provide thrust. Finally, mission analysis will show trip times and vehicle technologies needed to reach any of the outer planets, some dwarf planets, the Oort cloud, and nearest star systems within 12 parsecs of Earth.

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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