HALO Space, a Spanish space tourism company, has conducted its second series of test flights in a dry lake in Cuddeback, California, with all the necessary permits to operate in this area. became a center for experimental travel both civil and military.
The main purpose of these flights is to evaluate the effectiveness of its descent and landing system, which uses a new paraglider-type steerable parachute. At this stage, A total of four flights are planned two of which were successfully completed on Tuesday, September 19. The HALO Space technical team, in collaboration with other renowned companies involved in the project, is currently analyzing the results and making the necessary adjustments in anticipation of the final two flights scheduled for next Wednesday, September 27.
The test procedure includes lift the capsule to an altitude of 2,000 meters with a helicopter. The descent speed of the capsule with a parachute is less than five meters per second, with a glide rate of 3.5 to one, which means that for every meter of vertical descent, the capsule moves 3.5 meters horizontally. During the final phase of the approach, the capsule travels in a straight line against the wind, landing with the same precision as an airplane.
Carlos Mira, CEO of HALO Space, emphasized the importance of this new achievement, saying that “we applied a rigorous engineering process to the development and integration of the HALO Space space system and vehicles, in collaboration with the best companies in the aerospace sector. . Test flights are essential to validate each stage of development. “The Cuddeback area offers unique conditions to safely carry out these test flights .” Mira also added that ““With this second series of test flights, we are consolidating ourselves as the leading company in near-space flights worldwide.”
Alberto Castrillo, CTO of HALO Space, gave details about the flights scheduled for Wednesday and explained that “after the success of the first tests, On the 27th our capsule prototype will take off with a dirigible paraglider-type parachute“, which will allow the descent of the capsule controlled remotely and a high-precision landing that can be achieved in an indoor area equivalent to the area of a football field.”
Importantly, the company conducted its first test flight in December 2022 in Hyderabad, India, where the prototype capsule was successfully raised to an altitude of 37 kilometers using a hydrogen-powered stratospheric balloon.
HALO Space has a vision to start operating commercial flights in 2025 and plans to make 400 trips a year starting in 2029, taking more than 3,000 passengers into the stratosphere in its zero-emission balloons. The approximate price of each ticket is 150,000 euros, which will allow many people to enjoy an experience in the stratosphere in a sustainable way, since their balloon flights do not generate CO2 emissions.