Project HALO Team Members



Gregory H. Allison --- Program Manager | Index

Greg is one of the founders of the Huntsville Alabama L5 Society and has served as its President for most of its life.  Through his leadership and devotion, HAL5 has become one of the leading chapters of the National Space Society.  Greg served as Chairman of the highly successful 1993 ISDC, held in Huntsville.  From 1994 to 1995, he served as the Southeast Regional Director for the National Space Society, and in 1995 as Assistant Treasurer for the NSS Executive Committee.  Greg continues to serve as Chairman of the Foundry, a project he developed for the 1993 ISDC.  Greg currently serves as Program Manager of Project HALO, HAL5’s most ambitious project to date.  Greg is also leading HALO’s Education Committee, which is developing the HALO Achievement program.  In 1996, Greg received the NSS Chapters’ Assembly Outstanding Chapter Member Award.  In 1997, Greg received the National Space Society’s Space Pioneer Award for Entrepreneurship for Project HALO.  In May 1998, Greg received the HAL5 Professional of the Year Award.  In November 1998, Mr. Allison was reelected to the NSS Board of Directors and was elected the NSS Vice President for Chapters.

Occupation: Space Systems Engineer for Mevatec Corporation

Day Phone: (256) 544-4440
Evening Phone: (256) 859-5538

E-Mail Address: ghallison@aol.com


William J. (Bill) Brown --- Balloon System Lead | Index

Bill joined HAL5 in July of 1994 during the initial balloon flight for HAL5’s Project HALO.  He is an expert in lightweight balloon-based sensor systems.  His work has specifically been involved in remote control and telemetry systems including live television downlinks and high altitude photography from stratospheric balloon systems.  Bill's experience with high altitude weather balloons and HAM radio electronics has been a terrific plus to the project.  He currently holds the post of Balloon Team Lead on Project HALO.

Occupation: Engineering consultant

Day Phone: (256) 876-3314
Evening Phone: (256) 837-7738

E-Mail Address: bbrown@hiwaay.net
Personal Web Site: hiwaay.net/~bbrown/


Ronald A. Creel --- Engineering and Manufacturing Support | Index

Ron joined HAL5 in 1995 and has previously served as Communications Chair (95-96).  He was elected Secretary (96-97), but had to resign when he moved to Florida.  Ron has made great contributions to HAL5’s Project HALO in the area of flight performance estimation; he is also one darn good rocket ignitor technician.  Ron’s wit and good have helped tremendously to keep spirits high, whether during the long drive to and from ISDCs or during the long work sessions and rocket motor test firings on Project HALO.

Occupation: Thermal engineer now in Houston, Texas


Dr. David L. Dean | Index

David joined HAL5 in 1995 and has since participated in HAL5’s Project HALO.  He is currently serving as Programming Chair (96-97).  Under a NASA grant, Dr. Dean developed a new hybrid rocket fuel.  When his NASA funds ran out, he turned to HAL5 for assistance in testing his fuel.  HAL5 was more than willing to test his fuel in conjunction with the HALO rocket motor development program, and to show how “professional” an “amateur” organization could be.  In his new position, Dr. Dean will be able to help out HAL5 in finding quality speakers to talk on interesting space topics.

Occupation: Chemical Engineer for the Boeing Company

Day Phone: (256) 461-5505
Evening Phone: (256) 379-3661

E-Mail Address: David.L.Dean@boeing.com


Peter D. Ewing --- Manufacturing Support | Index

Peter joined HAL5 in 1995 and has attended both the 1995 and 1996 ISDCs. He served as Communications Chair (96-97).  Peter has provided much manufacturing assistance to HAL5’s Project HALO, including the donation of a 50-lb postal scale for weighing rocket motors.  He is currently attending school on a part-time basis in the pursuit of an Electrical Engineering degree.

Occupation: Army supply administrator

Day Phone: (256) 842-0395
Evening Phone: (256) 539-5936

E-Mail Address: ewing-pe@redstone.army.mil


James R. Hopkins --- Engineering and Manufacturing Support | Index

James joined HAL5 in 1996 and agreed to take the position of intirim HAL5 Secretary the departing Ron Creel (96-97).  James is a former employee of AMROC and is already helping HAL5’s Project HALO in the area of hybrid rocket motor development and testing.  James’ engineering expertise and practical knowledge was a welcome addition to the Project HALO team.

Occupation: Propulsion Engineer now for Bigelow Aerospace (Las Vegas, Nevada)

E-Mail Address: TBD


William (Gene) Hornbuckle --- Electronics and Manufacturing Support | Index

Gene joined HAL5 in 1995 quickly became involved with HAL5’s Project HALO in the area of electronics support.  Gene was instrumental in setting up the electronics for the data acquisition system at the HALO Rocket Motor Test Facility.  Gene has also loaned HAL5 use of his amateur rocket manufacturing skills.  He has prepared the asphalt fuel grains for most of HALO’s motors and built a set of three composite fins (which rival the quality of some aerospace companies) for the HALO rocket which successfully flew in April, 1996.  He also fabricated the set of three composite fins for HALO’s SL-1 rocket.

Occupation: TBD

Day Phone: (256) 721-1659
Evening Phone: (256) 721-1659

E-Mail Address: geneh@traveller.com


Ronnie M. Lajoie --- Engineering and Manufacturing Support | Index

Ronnie joined HAL5 in 1992 and has previously served as Secretary (92-93), Vice-President (93-94), Treasurer (94-96), and Projects Coordinator (96-97) .  Starting in 1994, Ronnie began serving as Editor of HAL5’s newsletter, the Southeastern Space Supporter.  He also has been instrumental in setting up and maintaining the HAL5 Web Site.  Ronnie is also a member of HALO’s Education Committee, which is developing the HALO Achievement program.  For HALO, Ronnie has performed most of the engineering analysis work, including aerodynamics, mass properties, and flight performance estimates.  In 1995, Ronnie received the HAL5 Professional of the Year Award.  At the 1995 ISDC, Ronnie accepted a two-year post as Chairman of the National Space Society Chapters’ Assembly.  In 1997, Ronnie was reelected to the organization’s first second term.  Also in 1997, Ronnie was elected to the National Space Society Board of Advisors.  In 1999, Ronnie received an NSS Chapters Special Merit Award for his service to the NSS Chapters’ Assembly.  Ronnie’s organizational skills have kept HAL5 in tip-top shape, whether keeping minutes and tracking actions for the 1993 ISDC, keeping the financial records in order for HAL5 and its Project HALO, or publishing its bimonthly newsletter.

Occupation: Aerospace engineer for The Boeing Company

Day Phone: (256) 461-5934
Evening Phone: (256) 721-1083
Fax Number: (256) 971-3333

E-Mail Address: Ronnie@Lajoie.com


Steve Mustaikis --- Propellant Design and Analysis | Index

Steve joined HAL5 in 1995, while still a student at UAH, and quickly became a key member of the Propulsion Team for HAL5’s Project HALO.  Steve’s education in space propulsion engineering was a perfect complement to Lead Tim Picken’s practical knowledge.  Together, they made a great team, and led the group through a highly successfully hybrid rocket motor development phase during 1995.  As a member of SEDS, Steve was instrumental in bringing more students onto the HALO team.  After a year hiatus working for Lockheed Martin Corporation in California, Steve returned to become one of the critical team members for the development of the larger SL-2 rocket.

Occupation: Aerospace Engineer for the Nichols Research Corporation

Day Phone: (256) 842-6401
Evening Phone: (256) 461-6022

E-Mail Address: mustaiks@hiwaay.net


Edward M. (Ed) Myszka, Jr. --- Electronics System Lead | Index

Ed served as Lead of the Electronics Team for HAL5’s SL-1 rockoon mission.

Occupation: TBD


Timothy L. Pickens --- Propulsion System Lead | Index

Tim joined HAL5 in October 1994 and quickly became Lead of the Propulsion Team for its Project HALO.  Tim is the kind of person who can bring the word “amateur” back into a good light.  With only a Bachelors degree in Business and an Associates in Machining, Tim created and successfully launched his own steam-powered rocket.  Tim’s love of rocketry, machining-expertise, business-savvy, leadership skills, and incredible imagination (and support of his great wife Melanie) has taking the HALO team from test-stand ground-breaking in January 1995, through a successful ground launch of its asphalt-and-nitrous hybrid rocket in April 1996, through a successful sky launch of its SL-1 hybrid rocket in May 1997, and to the creation of the larger SL-2 hybrid rocket in 1998.  Tim performs most of the HALO rocket design work, provides articles for HAL5’s newsletter (the Southeastern Space Supporter), arranges for major donations and great buys of surplus hardware, and provides a wonderful team spirit.  In 1996, Tim received the HAL5 Professional of the Year Award.

Occupation: Manufacturing Lead for Space America, Inc.

Day Phone: (256) 772-3666
Evening Phone: (256) 971-1566

E-Mail Address: tpickens@hiwaay.net


Clayton Sawyer, Jr. --- Payload Systems Lead | Index

Clay joined HAL5 in 1996 and quickly became Lead of the Payload Systems Team for its Project HALO.  Clay lead a team which designed the payload section of the HALO rocket which flew in April 1996.  He led the payload design and integration activity for HALO’s SL-1 hybrid rocket which successfully launched from a high altitude balloon in May 1997.  For HALO’s SL-2 rockoon mission, Clay designed, built, and tested the SL-2 rocket avionics package.

Occupation: Electrical Engineer for Mevatec Corporation

Day Phone: (256) 544-0763
Evening Phone: (256) 539-3889

E-Mail Address: clay@ro.com


Dr. Larry K. Scarborough --- Gondola System Lead | Index

Larry joined HAL5 in 1992 and has previously served as Projects Coordinator (94-95), Secretary (95-96), and Vice-President (96-97).  His editorial cartoons have appeared in many issues of HAL5’s newsletter, the Southeastern Space Supporter.  Larry served as the technical lead for the balloon gondola for Project HALO, and has designed and built several successfully-tested rocket launch platforms.  Larry was also a key member of HALO’s Education Committee, which is developing the HALO Achievement program.  He was instrumental in arranging for HAL5 to donate a weather balloon to help local elementary school students learn about remote sensing.  In May 1997, Larry received the HAL5 Professional of the Year Award.

Occupation: Family physician

Day Phone: (256) 881-1944
Evening Phone: (256) 881-4363
Fax Number: (256) 881-0307


Alfred Wright --- Chief Engineer | Index

Al joined HAL5 in 1995 and has previously served as Special Projects Coordinator (95-96) and Treasurer (96-97).  Al has made great contributions to HAL5’s Project HALO in the area of flight stability & control design, manufacturing, and ground testing.  He has greatly aided in the planning and performance of the vacuum testing of several key components of the HALO rocket.  He currently holds the post of Rocket Design Team Lead on Project HALO. Al also served as Treasurer (96-97), Vice-Chair (97-98), and Chair (98-99) of the Mississippi-Alabama Section of the AIAA.

Occupation: Aerospace engineer for MICOM

Day Phone: (256) 876-8037
Evening Phone: (256) 420-6273

E-Mail Address: amwright@redstone.army.mil


Leighton Eugene Young --- Electronics Systems Lead | Index

Gene joined HAL5 in 1997 and quickly became a key member of the Project HALO Electronics Systems Team.  In just one month (April, following the SL-1 first attempt), Gene revamped the SL-1 gondola electronics in time for HALO’s SL-1 rockoon mission which successfully launched from a high altitude balloon on May 11, 1997.  Gene has been an active promoter of Project HALO.  For HALO’s SL-2 rockoon mission, Gene moved up to Electronics Systems Lead.  He designed, built, and tested the SL-2 balloon gondola uplink avionics module, and assisted greatly in the manufacturing, assembly, and testing of the SL-2 rocket avionics package.  In May 1999, Gene received the HAL5 Professional of the Year Award.

Occupation: NASA engineer (retired)

Day Phone: (256) 852-0561
Evening Phone: (256) 852-0561

E-Mail Address: gyoung0707@aol.com


Ad Astra per Ardua -- “To the Stars by Our Own Hands”

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