Events and Activities Highlights (2010 to Present)

May not be a complete list. If you know a missing entry, please let us know.

2017 Highlights

Flyer January 2017

HAL5 membership and 2017 planning meeting.

Flyer February 2017

HAL5 monthly program on "United Launch Alliance (ULA): America's Ride to Space" with Mr. Anton Kolomiets (ULA).

Flyer March 2017

HAL5 monthly program on "Inspiring the Future - Exploring Mars at Space Camp" with Robin Soprano, Director of Simulations at U.S. Space and Rocket Center. HAL5 brought Make and Launch paper air rockets activity to Columbia Elementary School in Madison as part of their Space Week activity.

Flyer April 2017

HAL5 monthly program on "The Dawn of Gravitational Wave Astronomy" with Dr. Tyson B. Littenberg of NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC). HAL5 at Panoply 2017 Arts Festival's STEAM Interactive Area doing CD Hovercraft.

Flyer May 2017

HAL5 monthly program on "These ARE the Droids You Are Looking For" with Wayne Neumaier of A7L Props at Straight to Ale's Campus 805 location. ISDC 2017 in St. Louis, Missouri. HAL5 received NSS Chapter of Excellence award for 2016.

Flyer June 2017

Joint HAL5 and USSRC Pass the Torch talk on "The Imaging X-Ray Polarimetry Explorer: An Overview of the Mission and its Science" with Dr. Martin C. Weisskopf, NASA/MSFC Chief Scientist for X-Ray Astronomy.

Flyer July 2017

HAL5 monthly program on "Additive Manufacturing for Aerospace" with Omar R. Mireles, Research Engineer, NASA MSFC.

Flyer August 2017

HAL5 monthly program on "Space Launch System: The Next Steps Toward the Giant Leap" with Lewis Wooten, NASA SLS Associate Program Manager.

Flyer September 2017

HAL5 monthly program on "Looking Beyond WFIRST, the next large X-Ray Mission - Lynx" with Dr. Jessica Gaskin, NASA MSFC.

Flyer October 2017

HAL5 monthly program to be announced.

Flyer November 2017

HAL5 monthly program to be announced.

Flyer December 2017

HAL5 monthly program to be announced. HAL5 Christmas Party.


2016 Highlights

Flyer January 2016

HAL5 monthly program on "The Next Chapter of Human Space Exploration" with Mr. Todd May (Acting Director, NASA MSFC). HAL5's special award at the 2016 Alabama Regional Future City competition on outer space applications of their designs. HAL5 and Challenger Elementary School in Huntsville unveiled the Space Shuttle Challenger (STS-51-L) 30th Commemoration Wall.

Flyer February 2016

Annual membership meeting. HAL5 is proud to be a co-sponsor and supporter of Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop (TVIW) 2016 Symposium (Feb. 28 - March 1).

Flyer March 2016

HAL5 regular monthly program on "Space Weather: the past, present and the future." with Dr. Qiang Hu, UAH CSPAR.

Flyer Special Event March 2016

HAL5 special program on NASA's Europa Mission with special guest speaker Mr. Barry Goldstein, Europa Mission Project Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. HAL5 to exhibit some of our hardware at FIRST Robotic Competition Rocket City Regional social event at USSRC.

Flyer April 2016

HAL5 monthly program on "Dreams Made Real - Science Fiction Art as Shaping Force on Technology, Science, and Space Exploration" with Ms. Naomi Fisher.

Flyer May 2016

HAL5 monthly program on "The Sun: A Star at the Center of our Solar System" with Ms. Mitzi Adams (NASA MSFC). ISDC 2016 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

June 2016

No meeting for this month.

Flyer July 2016

Membership meeting

Flyer August 2016

HAL5 monthly program on "The Power Grid Defense Case To Enable the Settlement of Space?" with Mr. Greg Allison (HAL5).

Flyer September 2016

HAL5 monthly program on "Orion versus Poseidon: Understanding How NASA's Crewed Capsule Survives Nature's Fury" Mr. Robert (BJ) Barbré of Jacobs Engineering. DragonCon in Atlanta. Inaugural Power Grid Defense Conference hosted by HAL5 (Sept. 20-21).

Flyer October 2016

HAL5 and USSRC special Pass the Torch program on "Flying the SR-71 Blackbird" with Lt. Col. Ed Yielding, USAF, Ret.
Von Braun Astronomical Society (VBAS) Astronomy Day.

Flyer November 2016

HAL5 monthly program on "Chemistry of Odor" with Russell Bazemore, Volatile Analysis Corporation.

Flyer December 2016

HAL5 monthly program on "Progress on Deuterium Fusion Experiments at UAH: the Making of the First Real Impulse Engine" with Dr. Jason Cassibry (UAH).
HAL5 Christmas Party.

2015 Highlights

Flyer January 2015

Annual HAL5 membership meeting on the state and health of HAL5, news about NSS, upcoming activities, your inputs and proposed updates to our bylaws. HAL5's special award at the 2015 Alabama Regional Future City competition held at UAH on outer space applications of their designs.

Flyer February 2015

Impromptu membership meeting due to last minute speaker conflict.

Flyer March 2015

Joint Pass the Torch program with USSRC on NASA Orion Exploration Flight Test (EFT-1) with: Larry Price, Deputy Program Manager, Lockheed Martin Orion Program; Larry Gagliano, Deputy Project Manager, Orion Launch Abort Systems, MSFC; Roger Rieger, Director, Human Launch Services, United Launch Alliance.

Flyer April 2015

Last minute membership meeting. HAL5 at STEAMfest 2015 with our Martian popsicle sticks catapult activity.

Flyer May 2015

HAL5 monthly program on "Cosmology and the Expansion of the Universe: from Edwin Hubble to the Hubble Space Telescope" with Dr. Massimiliano Bonamente, Professor of Physics, UAH.
ISDC 2015 in Toronto, Canada.

Flyer June 2015

HAL5 monthly program on "Planetary Seismology: What's Shakin' in the Solar System" with Dr. Renee Weber, Research Scientist, NASA MSFC and Science Co-Investigator of NASA InSight Mission.
LibertyCon 2015 in Chattanooga. Representative from HAL5 will be attending.

Flyer July 2015

No HAL5 monthly program.
Annual HAL5 summer picnic.

Flyer August 2015

HAL5 monthly program on "Coaxial Combusting Vortex Rocket Motor" with William H. Knuth: Founder/President, KEI Consulting Services.

Flyer August 2015

HAL5 special talk on "Pluto, New Horizons Pluto-Palooza" with Jim Plaxco, President of the Chicago Society for Space Studies.

Flyer September 2015

HAL5 monthly program (book lecture) on "How far would you go to colonize the stars?" with Nick Wyckoff, engineer and author.

Flyer October 2015

HAL5 monthly program on "Evidence for Extraterrestrial Life" with Mr. Richard B. Hoover, Astrobiologist, Athens State University
Von Braun Astronomical Society (VBAS) Astronomy Day.

Flyer November 2015

HAL5 monthly program on "The Infinite Loop: The Interplay Between Science Fiction, Technology, Science, and Exploration" with Toni Weisskopf, Publisher of Baen Books.

Flyer December 2015

HAL5 monthly program on "New Horizons: NASA's First Mission to the Pluto System and the Kuiper Belt" with Mr. James E. Lee, Mission Manager, NASA MSFC.
HAL5 Christmas Party.

2014 Highlights

Flyer January 2014

Annual membership meeting.

Flyer February 2014

HAL5 monthly program on "Cloud Nines - Manufacturing Our Future in Space" with Paul Wieland, Visioneer for Wiseland Services, consultant on habitats in space, gold-medal winning author, former NASA engineer.

Flyer March 2014

HAL5 monthly program on "Missions for NASA's New Space Launch System (SLS) Rocket" with Ben Donahue, R&D Principal Investigator, Boeing. HAL5 education outreach (Paper Air Rockets) at Columbia Elementary School, Madison, AL [March 20]

Flyer April 2014

Special join program with U.S. Space and Rocket Center on Pass the Torch Series: "Beyond the Movie 2001: A Space Odyssey" with Fred I. Ordway III. Mr. Ordway is the science advisor and technical consultant for the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. HAL5 outreach at STE(A)M Fest! (April 12) at Lowe's Mill with Dynetic's Bigelow thruster and suitcase hybrid, and HAL5's suitcase hybrid. HAL5 education outreach at Horizon Elementary School, Madison, AL [April 14-18]. HAL5's Panoply Testing Station for comets and catapults.

Flyer May 2014

HAL5 monthly program with Dr. Barbara Cohen and Dr. Robert Coker, NASA MSFC, on "The Antarctic Search for Meteorites." ISDC 2014 Los Angeles, CA.

Flyer June 2014

HAL5 monthly program with John R. London, SMDC Nanosatellite Technology Manager, on "Small, Low Cost Satellites for the U.S. Army."

Flyer July 2014

Annual HAL5 picnic and annual election of officers. USSRC and HAL5 hosting Pass the Torch Apollo 11 Panel, and Presentation and Book Signing by Astronaut Don Thomas on July 20. Distinguished panel discussion with space personalities, Dr. Chuck Lundquist, Brooks Moore, Kenny Mitchell, Ed Buckbee, Alex McCool and moderator Astronaut Don Thomas. Special presentation by Don Thomas and book signing.

Flyer August 2014

HAL5 monthly program with Les Johnson, engineer and author, on the book Rescue Mode which he co-authored Ben Bova.

Flyer September 2014

Impromptu membership meeting due to programming scheduling issue. Talk edabout upcoming events, and Ed Kiker gave a short talk about building habitat from lunar and martian lava tubes.

Flyer October 2014

HAL5 monthly program with Mr. Al Reisz on "Engineering the Saturn V. Beyond Rocket Engineering" Von Braun Astronomical Society (VBAS) Astronomy Day.

Flyer November 2014

HAL5 monthly program with Dr. Vladimir Florinski (UAH) on "Voyager: The First Year in Interstellar Space." This was a rescheduled talk from September

Flyer December 2014

HAL5 double feature! Space Shuttle history talk featuring David Hitt on "Bold They Rise: The Space Shuttle Early Years, 1972-1986" and Scott Phillips on "Remove before flight. Memoir of a Space Shuttle Team Member". Book sale and signing will follow before and after the talk. HAL5 Christmas Party, date and location to be determined.

2013 Highlights

Flyer January 2013

HAL5 monthly program on "HAL5 Membership and Strategic Planning Meeting." This is your society, help us to help you and our community.

Flyer February 2013

HAL5 monthly program to be announced. We may have it at an earlier date to partner with the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop.

Flyer March 2013

HAL5 monthly program on "Lesser Known History of Huntsville's Technological Evolution" with Dr. Raymond C. Watson, jr of R. C. Watson & Associates.

Flyer April 2013

HAL5 monthly program on "Fire, Sunshield, and Ice - Making of the Sunshield for the James Webb Space Telescope" with Greg Laue, Aerospace Products Director, ManTech International Corporation

Flyer May 2013

HAL5 monthly program on "Interstellar Medium" with Dr. Wes Colley, Senior Research Scientist, Center for Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis, University of Alabama Huntsville. ISDC 2013 San Diego, CA.

Flyer June 2013

Special join program with Von Braun Astronomical Society (VBAS) on Summer Solstice, Friday. June 21, 2013, at VBAS Observatory in the Monte Sano state park. Dr. Martin C. Weisskopf, Chief Scientist for X-Ray Astronomy and Chandra Project Scientist at NASA MSFC will be talking to us on Chandra X-ray Observatory. A short planetary show and viewing through VBAS' 16 and 21-inch telescopes if weather permitting. You are invited to bring your own telescope.

Flyer July 2013

No HAL5 program due to July 4th Holiday. Have a great Fourth of July! Annual HAL5 Members Summer Potluck Cookout (Sunday. July 14, 3 pm till 7 pm). Look for the invite in your mail.

Flyer August 2013

HAL5 monthly program on "From Mars to Moleskins: Writing and Selling Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Other Speculative Fiction" with Amy L. Herrings. HAL5 annual election of officers.

Flyer September 2013

HAL5 Astronomy Day, NSS South East Regional Workshop, and Future Planning Meeting.

Flyer October 2013

HAL5 monthly program on "Exploring Mars to Improve Life on Earth" on a special night, Oct. 1 with guest visiting speaker Marvin Hilton. NSS Southeast Regional Chapters Workshop in Cocoa Beach, Florida (Oct. 12). Von Braun Astronomical Society (VBAS) Astronomy Day (Oct. 19). HAL5 will be there at both events!

Flyer November 2013

HAL5 monthly program on "HAL5 at 30. Celebrating 30 Years of Excellence in Space Advocacy, Education Outreach and Technology Development " Light refreshments and cake will be served.

Flyer December 2013

Todd May, NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Program Manager will give us a status of the SLS as we approach end of 2013. The meeting will be held at ManTech NeXolve/Gray Research Auditorium. 655 Discovery Dr. in Research Park, Huntsville. Annual HAL5 Christmas Party.

2012 Highlights

Flyer January 2012

HAL5 monthly program on "HAL5 Membership and Strategic Planning Meeting." This is your society, help us to help you and our community.

Flyer February 2012

HAL5 will be attending U.S. Space and Rocket Center's 'Pass the Torch' Lecture with Mr. Todd May, NASA's Space Launch System program manager, and Mr. Mark Kirasich, NASA's Orion deputy project manager.

Flyer March 2012

HAL5 Monthly program on "How to Predict Solar Impacts on GPS and Satellite TV?" with Dr. Linda Habash Krause. Solar/Solar-Terrestrial Physics, NASA MSFC, National Space Science and Technology Center

Flyer April 2012

HAL5 Monthly program on "Microfossils, Biomolecules and Biomarkers in Carbonaceous Meteorites: Evidence for the Existence of Extraterrestrial Life" with Richard B. Hoover, University of Buckingham, United Kingdom.

Flyer May 2012

HAL5 monthly program on "Solar Effects on Space and Terrestrial Systems" with Dr. Qiang Hu, University of Alabama Huntsville. ISDC 2012 Washington, D.C. HAL5 received the NSS Chapter Excellence Award for Education Outreach for 2011.

Flyer June 2012

HAL5 Monthly program on "Space Transportation Infrastructure Supported By Propellant Depots" with Mr. David Smitherman, Technical Manager, NASA MSFC Advanced Concepts Office; and HAL5 member. HAL5 annual election of officers.

July 2012 No HAL5 program due to July 4th Holiday.
Flyer August 2012

HAL5 Monthly program on "The Most Powerful Reusable Rocket Engine, the Space Shuttle Main Engines (SSME)" with Mr. Billy Gonterman, Former Test Conductor at NASA Stennis Test Facility.

Flyer September 2012

HAL5 Monthly program on "Superturbine Windpower" with Mr. Ed Kiker. HAL5 End of Summer Picnic (open to current HAL5 Members and Guests)

Flyer October 2012

HAL5 Monthly program on NASA's exploration of Mars. "Roving Mars: Pathfinder, Spirit, Opportunity, Curiosity" with Dr. Barbara Cohen, MSFC planetary scientist. HAL5 annual picnic. Von Braun Astronomical Society (VBAS) Astronomy Day. HAL5 will be there!

Flyer November 2012

HAL5 November free program with Eric Becnel, President of the UAHunstville Space Hardware Club. Mr. Becnel is also the Program Manager for the cubesat project UAHunstville have going on.

Flyer December 2012

HAL5 December free program with Todd May, NASA Space Launch System (SLS) Program Manager. Mr. May will be giving us a status of where SLS as SLS approachs its Preliminary Design Review (PDR) in mid-2013.

2011 Highlights

Flyer January 2011

HAL5 monthly program by Paul O. Wieland, P.E. on Converging on a Space Program for the 21st Century.

Flyer February 2011

HAL5 monthly program on "American in Orbit - 50" current status with Craig Russel. Followed by ISDC 2011 planning meeting.

Flyer March 2011

HAL5 monthly program on Rocket City Space Pioneers' pursuit to win the Google Lunar X-Prize update with Tim Pickens.

Flyer April 2011

HAL5 monthly program on "Why we must explore Space: Benefits of High Velocity and Long Life Propulsion System" by guest speaker Al Reisz of Reisz Engineers.

Flyer May 2011

HAL5 monthly program on "ISDC 2011 Status, Programming and Activities Sneak Peaks." ISDC 2011 Von Braun Center! Huntsville (May 18-22). At ISDC 2011, HAL5 was awarded the NSS Chapter of the Year for 2010!

Flyer June 2011

ISDC 2011 Debrief, lessons learned and membership meeting.

Flyer July 2011

HAL5 monthly program on "What If We Were Going to Mars? New Ideas to Support Exploration" by HAL5 Officer David Hewitt

Flyer August 2011

HAL5 monthly program on "Designing an Enduring Mars Campaign" by guest speaker Gordon Woodcock. Annual HAL5 Election of officers

Flyer September 2011

HAL5 monthly program on "Designing an Initial Lunar Landing Site Habitat For Astronaut Training in Arizona" by guest speaker Mr. Kiker.

Flyer October 2011

HAL5 monthly program on "The Case and Development Path for Fusion Propulsion" by guest speaker Dr. Jason Cassibry, Assistant Professor, Univ. of Alabama Huntsville Propulsion Research Center. Von Braun Astronomical Society (VBAS) Astronomy Day. HAL5 will be there!

Flyer November 2011

HAL5 monthly program on "James Webb Space Telescope: Status and Updates" by guest speaker Dr. Phil Stahl of NASA MSFC.

Flyer December 2011

HAL5 monthly program on "From Rocket Belts to Lunar Landing: Peroxide's Quiet Revolution" with Anthony Brinkley and Mark Wells of Dynetics, Inc.

2010 Highlights

Flyer January 2010

HAL5 monthly program on "The Moon is a Planet Too Far: Lunar Science and Robotic Exploration" with guest speaker Dr. Barbara Cohen.

Flyer February 2010

HAL5 monthly program on HAL5 monthly program on "Next L.E.A.P. to the future! Lunar Explorational Architecture Possibilities" with guest speaker Audra Herriges.

Flyer March 2010

HAL5 free public book lecture on "Paradise Regained: The Regreening of Planet Earth" with guest speaker Les Johnson, co-author.

Flyer April 2010

HAL5 monthly program on "Great Science With A Great Observatory: The Chandra X-Ray Observatory Celebrates 10 Years of Successful Operation" with guest speaker Dr. Martin Weisskopf. The event was held at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's (USSRC) Educator Resources Center. Our thanks to USSRC for the use of the facility.

Flyer May 2010

HAL5 monthly program on "The History and Chemistry of Solid Rocket Propellants: Harnessing Energy for Propulsion" with guest speaker Dr. Jamie Niedert, Chief Scientist, Energetics, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile R and D Center (AMRDEC) Redstone Arsenal. ISDC 2010, Chicago.

Flyer June 2010

Annual HAL5 Election of officers and membership meeting.

Flyer July 2010

No program due to July 4th weekend.

Flyer August 2010

HAL5 monthly program on "Life in Space: A Cell's Perspective" by Dr. Marian L. Lewis, Ph.D., retired Research Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences and Director of the Bioreactor and Microgravity Biotechnology Laboratory at the UAHuntsville.

Flyer September 2010

HAL5 monthly program on the status of Huntsville Makers Local 256 and some of the HAL5 members involvements in "HackersSpace in Space" by Bill Brown and Ethan Chew.

Flyer October 2010

HAL5 monthly program on "Strategy for Space Development" by Gordon Woodcock, last President of the L5 society. VBAS annual Astronomy Day at Monte Sano. HAL5 will be there and will have our public demo of our own hybrid suitcase rocket.

Flyer November 2010

ISDC 2010 status update to the membership and public, and planning meeting. HAL5 presentation to Makers Local 256 and demonstration of suitcase hybrid rocket.

Flyer December 2010

Dr. Charles A. Lundquist. Sociological Factors for Space Exploration.