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Work is proceeding apace on our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) "Swift" control board, as recently unveiled to an astounded world. Click here for a bigger version of the LOHAN graphic Anthony Stirk and Neil Barnes are beavering away at assembling the board and tackling the coding, respectively. Earlier this week …

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Cool, very cool indeed

Best of luck with the tests

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Oh come on. Who downvoted that? Unsporting. Bad form.

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Prolly someone with no initiative of their own so down votes just cos they can.

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Is it just me

Or do you now have more logos than a F1 car during the glory days of cigarette advertising.

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Indeed. Beers all round for our burgeoning list of collaborators.

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I'll sponsor the after-show drinkies in exchange for a bit of gratuitous promotion for my event and film production company (competitive rates available, coming to a city near you, etc)...;-)

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"we decided to add an accelerometer to the package, to help us detect balloon burst."

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This is wise indeed! You do want to use this last chance if things don't go by the plan.

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Classified

> 2.Fire rocket motor at [classified].

Jeremy Clarkson?

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Nah, he'll be racing against it in a Veyron. Possibly from the top of a cliff.

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JC, nah, he'll be chucking up under the Gs

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Quick question

Where is this board going to reside? Just a quick fart off the top of my head, but I was thinking that maybe you could use the CPU to keep the rocket motor warm, instead of requiring extra batteries and additional weight on the craft itself.

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Nice idea, but the board is inside the insulated electronics enclosure on the flying truss, while the Vulture 2 is outside.

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If the first flight is a bust, we'll recover the Vulture 2 along with the fantastical flying truss, and

"give the thing another pop."

unfortunate turn of phrase, there...

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Oh, I'm sure that was entire intentional and you're only inflating their egos to bursting point by focussing on it. Hate to burst your bubble and all...

Oh god, the puns. They're ballooning.

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It's all the hot air...

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That's good, Keep pushing the envelope.

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accelerometer and turbulence

Nice idea, but remember it can be pretty turbulent. Wouldn't it be better to trigger if the GPS AND (not OR) accelerometer say the balloon has burst.

You don't want a 2 seconds of apparent free fall from a down draft causing an embarrassing premature incident do you?

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Re: accelerometer and turbulence

Yup. We're aware of the possible accelerometer false reading risk, and are dealing with it.

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