On May 11, 1997, the Huntsville Alabama L5 Society chapter of the National Space Society
successfully completed Phase 1 of Project HALO -- High Altitude Lift-Off -- with ...

Project HALO Sky Launch 1

Last update on Saturday, 15-Apr-2017 13:19:41 EDT

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** Special Announcements **

The HAL5 Web site has been moved from HiWAAY to an NSS server.
Please update your HALO bookmark to "http://www.HAL5.org/HALO/".

HAL5 rockoon makes amateur and hybrid rocketry history on May 11!

SL-1 Liftoff

HAL5 made amateur rocketry history on Sunday, May 11, 1997.  At 8:25 AM EDT, HAL5's Project HALO team performed the first amateur rockoon mission when it successfully launched its Sky Launch 1 rocket from a high altitude balloon.  HAL5 also made hybrid rocketry history as well, becoming the first organization to launch a hybrid rocket from a high altitude.  Based on an estimated rocket apogee between 30 and 36 nautical miles, HAL5 can now claim the world record for highest altitude achieved to date by an amateur rocket -- and by a hybrid rocket of any kind.

Contact Information | Index

Primary Contact: Greg Allison
HAL5 Project HALO Program Manager
Daytime Phone: 256-544-4440
Evening Phone: 256-859-5538
E-mail Address: GHAllison@aol.com

Secondary Contact: Ronnie Lajoie
HAL5 Project HALO Logistics Coordinator
Daytime Phone: 256-461-5934
Evening Phone: 256-721-1083
FAX Phone: 256-461-3045
Primary E-mail Address: HAL5@nsschapters.org

NSS Headquarters Contact: Pat Dasch
National Space Society, Washington, DC
Day Phone: 202-543-1900
E-mail Address: nsshq@nss.org

When and Where | Index

HALO SL-1 Sites Map
HALO Sky Launch 1 starts in Hampstead (Map image courtesy of YaHoo! Maps)

Purpose of Project HALO | Index

The purpose of Project HALO is to make access to space more affordable for students, amateurs, experimenters, and researchers.  It is combination technical and educational program.  The program is divided into several phases.  All phases have opportunities for student involvement at all grade levels.

See the Project HALO Home Page and Project HALO Executive Summary for more details.

Goals of HALO Sky Launch 1 | Index

Project HALO Sky Launch 1 marks the completion milestone for Project HALO Phase 1, Proof of Concept.  As such, this successful launch was the final test for Project HALO to proceed onto Phase 2, Operational Rockoons, when we can start to launch student payloads.

Technical Details | Index

Reports and Press Releases | Index

SL-1 Ascent

Amateur Radio Frequencies | Index

See Bill Brown's WB8ELK Home Page at  http://hiwaay.net/~bbrown/  for details.

Telemetry Decoding | Index

See Bill Brown's WB8ELK Home Page at  http://hiwaay.net/~bbrown/  for details.