HA­LO - the project

The HALO research aircraft
The HA­LO re­search air­craft
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The HALO research aircraft

The new High Al­ti­tude and LOng Range Re­search Air­craft (HA­LO) 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.
HALO's engine
HA­LO's en­gine
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HALO's engine

The new High Al­ti­tude and LOng Range Re­search Air­craft (HA­LO) 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.
View from the HALO cockpit
View from the HA­LO cock­pit
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View from the HALO cockpit

The HA­LO (High Al­ti­tude and LOng Range) re­search air­craft is based on the ul­tra-long-range G 550 busi­ness jet pro­duced by Gulf­stream Aerospace. With a range of more than 8000 kilo­me­tres, mea­sure­ments on the scale of con­ti­nents are pos­si­ble; the re­search air­craft can reach all re­gions, from the poles to the trop­ics and re­mote ar­eas of the Pa­cif­ic Ocean. Its max­i­mum flight al­ti­tude of about 15 kilo­me­tres al­so al­lows for mea­sure­ments in the low­er strato­sphere, out­side the trop­ics.

New dimensions in atmospheric research and Earth observation

HALO's excellent performance, the new operating concept and broad user community open up new dimensions in environmental and climate research using aircraft in Germany and Europe. But HALO also offers new possibilities for Earth observation:

  • With its unique capabilities and features, HALO makes new experiments and larger payloads possible.
  • The new operating model particularly encourages the participation of universities in atmospheric research using aircraft.
  • HALO is embedded in the European research landscape and completes European capabilities in this area.
  • HALO will be available for appropriate research programmes anywhere in Europe.
  • Its long range makes HALO a global tool; hence, it contributes to closer international collaboration in the global network of comparable projects.
  • HALO reinforces Germany‘s leading position in atmospheric research and Earth observation.
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