HALO during its landing approach
HA­LO dur­ing its land­ing ap­proach
Image 1/7, Credit: DLR/A. Minikin.

HALO during its landing approach

The high-al­ti­tude re­search air­craft HA­LO (High Al­ti­tude and Long Range Re­search Air­craft): The mod­i­fied busi­ness jet, a Gulf­stream G 550, land­ed on 21 Jan­uary 2009 at its home air­field in Oberp­faf­fen­hofen.
HALO in flight
HA­LO in flight
Image 2/7, Credit: Aero-Art Frank Herzog

HALO in flight

31 re­search in­sti­tutes are in­volved in the HA­LO project.
HALO in flight
HA­LO in flight in 2009
Image 3/7, Credit: Aero-Art Frank Herzog.

HALO in flight in 2009

HA­LO is 31 me­tres long - 1.6 me­tres ac­count for the nose probe. It has a height of 7.9 me­tres and a wingspan of 28.5 me­tres.
HALO during its landing approach
HA­LO dur­ing its land­ing ap­proach
Image 4/7, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

HALO during its landing approach

HA­LO has a range of over 8000 kilo­me­tres and can reach al­ti­tudes of more than 15 kilo­me­tres.
Side view of HALO
Side view of HA­LO
Image 5/7, Credit: Aero-Art Frank Herzog

Side view of HALO

The HA­LO project was made pos­si­ble by the Max Planck So­ci­ety, mem­bers of the Helmholtz As­so­ci­a­tion of Ger­man Re­search Cen­tres and var­i­ous oth­er sci­en­tif­ic in­sti­tutes in the at­mo­spher­ic re­search sec­tor. In to­tal, 31 re­search in­sti­tutes are in­volved in the project.
Extensive modifications in the interior of the HALO research aircraft
Ex­ten­sive mod­i­fi­ca­tions in the in­te­ri­or of the HA­LO re­search air­craft
Image 6/7, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

Extensive modifications in the interior of the HALO research aircraft

Ex­ten­sive mod­i­fi­ca­tions were need­ed to con­vert the for­mer com­mer­cial busi­ness air­craft in­to a high-per­for­mance re­search air­craft.
Graphic: Modifications for HALO
Mod­i­fi­ca­tions for HA­LO: From busi­ness jet to re­search air­craft
Image 7/7, Credit: DLR (CC-BY 3.0)

Modifications for HALO: From business jet to research aircraft

HA­LO (High Al­ti­tude and Long Range Re­search Air­craft), the new re­search air­craft of the Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (Deutsches Zen­trum für Luft- und Raum­fahrt; DLR), is com­plete.In a 20-month project, RU­AG Aerospace Ser­vices have con­vert­ed the brand-new Gulf­stream G550 from a stan­dard busi­ness jet in­to the state-of-the-art and high­ly spe­cialised high-al­ti­tude re­search air­craft for DLR's at­mo­spher­ic re­search ac­tiv­i­ties.The graph­ic shows the mod­i­fi­ca­tions on the up­per and low­er fuse­lage.

The new HALO (High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft) research aircraft heralds a new chapter in the history of German atmospheric research and Earth observation. HALO is based on a Gulfstream G 550 ultra-long range business jet. The combination of range, cruising altitude, payload and comprehensive instrumentation make the aircraft a globally unique research platform.

More information and images about HALO can be found here.

Contact
  • Ingmar Mayerbuch
    Head of Flight Fa­cil­i­ty Oberp­faf­fen­hofen
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)
    Flight Ex­per­i­ments
    Telephone: +49 8153 28-2962
    Fax: +49 8153 28-1347
    Münchener Straße 20
    82234 Weßling

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