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Project HALO 2020

A new team of students is hard at work designing an ambitious scientific payload for the stratosphere.

Mission Success!

Despite a few setbacks, the Project HALO team successfully launched and recovered their payload!

A long-overdue update

A few updates on the project that I probably should have shared at least a week ago...
No upcoming events.

Welcome to Project HALO!

Purdue's High-Altitude Lafayette Observatory (HALO) project is a collaborative engagement project between the university and high schools in the surrounding community. The purpose of this partnership is to provide a unique form of experiential learning in the applied sciences through a student-led engineering design project.

Originally conceived as a way to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11, Project HALO is now in its second year of building a high-altitude balloon payload to perform scientific observations of the upper atmosphere. The payload will ascend to the stratosphere, taking measurements to characterize the atmospheric conditions along the flight path before returning via parachute.

The team consists of students from Harrison, McCutcheon, and West Lafayette High Schools, working at Purdue University with the assistance of graduate students and staff in the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics. You can learn more about each team member on the Our People page, or follow our progress through the regular updates posted to the News page.