HALO Home     27 Nov 2015

Welcome to the HALO homepage. These web pages are currently undergoing a major overhaul. We will be restructuring existing information and add more information on current and planned projects and missions with HALO. For the time being (November 2015) you might find a few broken links or empty pages. This will be corrected as soon as possible.

Welcome to the HALO homepage

The High Altitude and LOng Range (HALO) Research Aircraft is the new research aircraft for atmospheric research and earth observation of the German science community. HALO was funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft and the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft. HALO is based on a production G550 business jet from Gulfstream Aerospace Cooperation. The aircraft is operated by the Flight Experiments facility of DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt; German Aerospace Center) in Oberpfaffenhofen, near Munich.

Latest HALO news


HALO got some fresh air these days and parked outside of the hangar for EMI testing and checking satcom functions in preparation of the POLSTRACC/GW-LCYCLE/SALSA mission. The first flight dedicated to final EMI testing of the instruments in flight as part of the certification process is planned for next week on December 3 or 4.


Instrument integration for the POLSTRACC/GW-LCYCLE/SALSA mission hase been largely completed today. Next step is the electrical and mechanical checks of the installations.


Installation of the GLORIA instrument is underway.


The POLSTRACC/GW-LCYCLE/SALSA mission is about to start soon. Preparations are underway. Instrument integration into HALO will start next week. Today the GLORIA instrument arrived at DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen.

Upcoming activities

  • CHARM-F mission, including certification and scientific test flights. Planned from April 13 until April 30, 2015.
  • Training flights for pilots. Planned from May 4 until May 13, 2015.
  • OMO mission. Planned from May 26 until September 5, 2015.
  • Aircraft Maintenance. Planned from September 7 until October, 31, 2015.
  • POLSTRACC / GW-LCYCLE / GLORIA mission. Planned from November 2, 2015, until March 25, 2016.

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