On June 20, 1998, the Huntsville Alabama L5 Society chapter of the National Space Society
attempted its first mission for Phase 2 of Project HALO -- High Altitude Lift-Off -- with ...

Project HALO Sky Launch 2

Last update on Saturday, 15-Apr-2017 13:19:44 EDT

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Please update your HALO bookmark to "http://www.HAL5.org/HALO/".

A heroic effort to reach space on June 20, 1998!

SL2 Rocket Prep  SL2 Balloon Prep  SL2 Rocket Dead

HAL5 attempted its first launch of a larger, more powerful, hybrid rocket on Saturday, June 20, 1998, in the first of two planned joint missions with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.  Despite a heroic effort by the team at sea and on shore, the mission ended with a launch failure.  First the avionics canister (the white and gray striped can just below in the red nozzle in the photo above left) at the end new launch rod, and later the video downlink antenna, got snagged on the wooden rocket cradle (see above left), as the released balloon (see above center) climbed straight up into the sky.  The jolts from the double snagging threw the rocket off the foot-long pin on the launch rod, sending it careening onto the deck of the at-sea barge (see above right), on loan from NASA.  The barge suffered absolutely no damage from this minor impact.  Fortunately, no one was injured -- the rocket oxidizer tank did not even leak -- and the avionics/payload canister survived intact and was working fine even after the impact with the deck!

The propulsion section of the rocket got banged up a bit but was later deemed to be refliable with new valving.  One of three rocket fins was damaged beyond repair.  A similar-sized rocket fin was later purchased from HARC, who had one leftover from its CATS-Prize attempt.  The rocket avionics/payload canister is in fine shape and ready to fly.  The balloon avionics canister, however, landed in the Gulf of Mexico, and was totally corroded by exposure to salt water.  The HALO team still hopes to fly the SL-2 rocket at some point in the future, although perhaps with a different launch method (e.g., gondola) than the launch rod.

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 Press Site Manager
Daytime Phone: 256-461-5934
Evening Phone: 256-721-1083
FAX Phone: 256-461-3045
Primary E-mail Address: HAL5@nsschapters.org

When and Where | Index

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 2 | Index

Project HALO Sky Launch 2 marks the first major milestone for Project HALO Phase 2, Operational Rockoons.  As such, this launch attempt represents the first test for Project HALO to provide a capability for launching student payloads.

Technical Details | Index

Reports and Press Releases | Index