Project HALO (High-Altitude Lift-Off): Sky Launch 1

Attempt 3 -- Success in Hampstead, NC. Article by Ron Creel

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 I’d like to share.

  1. Well prepared launch preparations included the faithful orange Quonset hut. Note the waiting sealed up gondola.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. At the other end of the balloon, the Kjome does its holddown job.