South Uni climbs on board
Payload to ISS next step?
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 …
Payload to ISS next step?
... 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.
they'll be able to get highly paid City jobs predicting whether the next coin toss will be heads or tails.
I just wish David Cooper had a doctorate to complete this.......
@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.
... Everyone knows university boffins can build space planes.... It's much more fun watching journalist's try to do it ... ? :-)
Any truth in the rumour that Portsmouth University is developing an anti-aircraft gun? :-)
Can we rename Lohan "The Scummer" ?
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.
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?
Don't you worry - there's still plenty of hot LOHAN garden shed action to come...
You need a suitable development site that looks like a bond laire and was the birthplace of the harrier so im told...
As an alumnus of Soton, I for one welcome our PhD wielding rocket scientist overlords.
Beer, well, I was a student once...
Professor Jim looks REALLY happy to see you.
Get that guy on the design team for the Vulture 11 lunar mission!
It's good to see Paul Heckles doing the flying, wish it was me :-)
Nice to see that this time round the 'plane' will be something other than a plane-shaped sycamore leaf...
Thumbs down is over there --------->
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."
From Wikipedia : "R.J. Mitchell ... gained an apprenticeship at Kerr Stuart & Co. of Fenton, a locomotive engineering works."
A geodetical design stiffening the hull of the plane in one of the photos on the second page.
<-- one for Barnes Wallis