The Huntsville Alabama L5 Society chapter of the National Space Society
is nearing the first major milestone of Phase 2 of Project HALO -- High Altitude Lift-Off ...

Project HALO Sky Launch 2

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

For latest news on HALO SL-2 mission, see HALO SL-2 "Live" Update Page

Pre-Mission Press Release  (text)  |  Press Kit  |  Mission Photos  |  "Live" Updates  ]
Contact Information  |  When/Where  |  Schedule of Events  |  Purpose  |  Goals  ]
Site Description  |  Directions to Site  |  Site Restrictions  |  Nearby Accommodations  ]
Technical Details  |  Amateur Radio Frequencies  |  Telemetry Decoding  ]
Bill Brown's WB8ELK Page  |  NASA's SL-2 Site  |  NASA's Role for SL-2  ]

Scheduled Date is Saturday, June 20, 1998


Donations are still needed to cover rocket costs -- please see HALO Donation Program for more information.


Contact Information | Index

Primary Contact: Greg Allison
HAL5 Project HALO Program Manager
Daytime Phone: 256-544-4440 --- to June 16, back on June 22
Evening Phone: 256-859-5538 --- to June 16, back on June 22
Cellular Phone: (Press only, by request only)
E-mail Address:

Secondary Contact: Ronnie Lajoie
HAL5 Project HALO Press Site Manager
Daytime Phone: 256-971-3055 --- (limit 4 messages)
Evening Phone: 256-721-1083 --- to June 18, back on June 22
Press Site (daytime) Phone: TBD --- for June 19 and 20
Motel (evening) Phone: 334-661-8181 --- for June 19 and 20
FAX Phone: 256-971-3333
E-mail Address:

NASA MSFC Contact: Vance Houston
NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama
Daytime Phone: 256-544-0200 --- to June 16, back on June 22
E-mail Address:

NSS Headquarters Contact: Karen Rugg
National Space Society, Washington, DC
Day Phone: 202-543-1900, ext. 77 --- to June 19, back on June 22
E-mail Address:

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.

NASA's Role in the HALO SL-2 Mission | Index

In 1996, the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) expressed to HAL5 its interest in the rockoon approach.  In an effort to find new ways to reduce the cost of rocket launches, NASA is examining alternate launch sites and methods.  HAL5 and NASA MSFC signed a Cooperative Agreement in October 1996 for the Sky Launch 2 (SL-2) rockoon mission.  For SL-2, HAL5 is providing the amateur rocket, high altitude balloon, launch support hardware, tracking equipment, and recovery boat.

NASA MSFC and the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility are providing an oceangoing barge to serve as the balloon launch platform, plus helium for the balloon, nitrous-oxide for the rocket, and some money towards the reimbursement of materials purchases.  HAL5 is raising the rest of its money via its Donation Program.  For more details on NASA’s role in the historic SL-2 rockoon mission, please see the NASA SL-2 Web Site.

Schedule of Events | Index

Site Description | Index

Balloon launch site is on board an oceangoing barge provided by NASA.
The barge will be positioned in the Gulf of Mexico, 60 miles ESE of New Orleans, Louisiana.
The barge will be leaving port (in Michoud, LA) at least 18 hours prior to the scheduled balloon launch time, late Friday morning for a Saturday launch.

The Press Site will be located in Galathea Hall (marked building 10 on map) at the Sea Lab on Dauphin Island, Alabama, south of Mobile

Directions to Site | Index

Site Restrictions | Index

The barge will be leaving port (in Michoud, LA) at least 24 hours prior to the scheduled balloon launch time.

Nearby Accommodations | Index

Technical Details | Index

Amateur Radio Frequencies | Index

See Bill Brown's WB8ELK Home Page at  for details.

Telemetry Decoding | Index

See Bill Brown's WB8ELK Home Page at  for details.

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

For more information on Project HALO, contact HALO Project Manager Yohon Lo at (256) 658-2043 or via E-Mail at:

HAL5 Home Page  |  Project HALO Home Page  |  Space Links  |  NSS Home Page  ]

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This file was last modified on Saturday, 15-Apr-2017 13:19:44 EDT