Project HALO Status Report
Sky Launch 1, Attempt 3 -- Success in Hampstead
Held on Sunday, May 11, 1997 in Hampstead, North Carolina
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.
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- 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.