Atmospheric and Earth System Research with the Research Aircraft HALO                                                                                

           High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft (HALO)

Atmosphären- und Erdsystemforschung mit dem Forschungsflugzeug HALO (Deutsch)

Meteorologe, Prof. Manfred Wendisch, Universität Leipzig, über HALO



The Priority Program SPP 1294 "Atmospheric and Earth System Research with HALO” – "High Altitude and Long Range Research Aircraft" - is funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG, German Research Foundation). It supports research for the investigation of atmospheric and Earth system related processes.


HALO is a Gulfstream G-550 aircraft specifically equipped with numerous in situ and remote sensing instruments. It enables measurements up to an altitude of 15 km within a range of 9000 km; HALO may carry an instrumental payload of up to 3 tons. 


These features allow to study important scientific questions with regard to atmospheric chemistry, atmospheric physics, climate research, satellite validations, and Earth system observations. It enables the university-based atmospheric and Earth system research community in Germany in partnership with colleagues from the national research centers to perform state-of-the-art science utilizing HALO as a unique infrastructure.


HALO brings together scientists from a wide variety of disciplines including physics, chemistry, meteorology, geosciences, mathematics, informatics, engineering and others to maximize the scientific output and to carry out multi-disciplinary research.




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