DLR re­search air­craft HA­LO

DLR HALO research aircraft in flight
DLR HA­LO re­search air­craft
Image 1/4, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

DLR HALO research aircraft

The HA­LO high-al­ti­tude re­search air­craft (High Al­ti­tude and Long Range Re­search Air­craft): start­ing in late 2008, this mod­i­fied busi­ness jet, a Gulf­stream G 550, will join the DLR air­craft fleet in da­ta-gath­er­ing flights around the globe.
View from the HALO cockpit
View from the HA­LO cock­pit
Image 2/4, Credit: DLR (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0)

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.
Side view of HALO
Side view of HA­LO
Image 3/4, 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.
The HALO research aircraft
The HA­LO re­search air­craft
Image 4/4, Credit: DLR/Andreas Minikin (CC-BY 3.0)

The HALO research aircraft

The HA­LO (High Al­ti­tude and Long Range Air­craft) re­search air­craft is char­ac­terised by its un­usu­al range and fly­ing al­ti­tude.

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 was procured from funds from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), HGF (Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres) and the Max Planck Society (MPG). Operations are managed by the German Research Foundation (DFG), Forschungszentrum Jülich, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS), Leipzig. DLR also owns and operates HALO.

More information
  • Falk Dambowsky
    Ger­man Aerospace Cen­ter (DLR)

    Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Me­dia Re­la­tions
    Telephone: +49 2203 601-3959
    Linder Höhe
    51147 Cologne

Main menu