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The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is delighted to announce today that a heavyweight team of postgraduate students from the University of Southampton will be tackling the design of our Vulture 2 spaceplane. Click here for a bigger version of the LOHAN graphic Regular readers will recall that we recently popped …

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South Uni climbs on board

Payload to ISS next step?

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I get a warm fuzzy feeling...

... when I see such a breadth of engineering talent coming out of the UK universities.

What a shame the twats in governments are forcing each student to pay £27k for the privilege, which is going to result in fewer rocket scientists which will stifle UK innovation.

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Never mind

they'll be able to get highly paid City jobs predicting whether the next coin toss will be heads or tails.

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We have our own version of Big Bang Theory...

I just wish David Cooper had a doctorate to complete this.......

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@AC The funny thing about fees is that they are actually pushing more students towards the 'hard' subjects such as engineering and chemistry as they see the value in these courses.

I have a BSc in chemistry and still think at £9000 a year it would have been a bargain given the contact hours and expertese I could draw upon. For a philosophy degree with 3 hours of lectures a week im less convinced as are prospective students up and down the country.

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That's cheating ...

... Everyone knows university boffins can build space planes.... It's much more fun watching journalist's try to do it ... ? :-)

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Any truth in the rumour?

Any truth in the rumour that Portsmouth University is developing an anti-aircraft gun? :-)

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Any truth in the rumour?

Can we rename Lohan "The Scummer" ?

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Portsmouth already have...

Fort Nelson on standby and the type 45 destroyer (shush, Lewis) simulator at Qinetiq for target acquisition.

With luck a few stray shells will "redevelop" the ward of Shirley, too.

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Mixed feelings

Whilst I join the others in positively glowing with pride that the UK is producing such engineering talent and am pleased to see such people anthusiastically jumping on LOHAN - I do wonder if the project is perhaps veering too far from its "Men in Sheds" ethos?

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Re: Mixed feelings

Don't you worry - there's still plenty of hot LOHAN garden shed action to come...

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You should relocate to the birth place of the harrier

You need a suitable development site that looks like a bond laire and was the birthplace of the harrier so im told...

http://www.google.co.uk/maps?q=51.283635,-0.809126&t=h&z=16&vpsrc=0

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Excellent news...

As an alumnus of Soton, I for one welcome our PhD wielding rocket scientist overlords.

Beer, well, I was a student once...

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I have to say

Professor Jim looks REALLY happy to see you.

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"an experimental analysis of the flapping dynamics of a flag"

Get that guy on the design team for the Vulture 11 lunar mission!

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It's good to see Paul Heckles doing the flying, wish it was me :-)

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Yay, a real flying plane this time!

Nice to see that this time round the 'plane' will be something other than a plane-shaped sycamore leaf...

Thumbs down is over there --------->

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What this project needs

You can't be a proper aeronautical engineer from Southampton unless you've served an apprenticeship at a steam engine factory.

And a piece of advice: "If anybody ever tells you anything about an aeroplane which is so bloody complicated you can't understand it, take it from me: it's all balls."

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The first of the few

From Wikipedia : "R.J. Mitchell ... gained an apprenticeship at Kerr Stuart & Co. of Fenton, a locomotive engineering works."

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I spot

A geodetical design stiffening the hull of the plane in one of the photos on the second page.

<-- one for Barnes Wallis

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