The following text was taken, with permission, from an article by Ron Creel, Runner Team Lead, which was published in the May-June 1997 issue of the Southeastern Space Supporter, newsletter of HAL5.
A Picture Perfect Launch
The launch of the HALO SL-1 balloon and gondola was a resounding success. None of the many potentially bad things I had worried might happen ever materialized. A great and very rewarding time was had by all. Three long journeys to North Carolina finally paid off. I continue to be very proud of the HALO team effort. I also snapped a few pictures which Id like to share.
- Well prepared launch preparations included the faithful orange Quonset hut.
Note the waiting sealed up gondola.
- On Sunday morning the sun rises on last minute adjustments by Steve Mustaikis,
Gene Young, and Clay Sawyer. Note the SL-1 rocket inside the gondola and the
much appreciated propane heater.
- The gondola is buttoned up and ready for launch out over the Atlantic Ocean.
Nearly 3 years of testing and preparations are about to be rewarded.
- At the other end of the balloon, the Kjome does its holddown job.