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The electronics buffs among you should brace for explosive geekgasm, as the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team serves up a tasty dish of Iridium-spiced Raspberry Pi, with a tempting side dish of Python. Click here for a bigger version of the LOHAN graphic You'll recall that back in September, our audacious …

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Damn, this is getting high tech for a garden shed project! Well done and consider my flabber truly gasted!

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Excellent...

All thats left is to bounce the signal directly into Mr Bigs limo somewhere near Aurora, Illinois...

In all 'seriousness' - keep up the good work! - E Musk esq must be quaking in his boots, his plans for Mars are increasingly threatened by the next generation off the SPB drawing-board (surely playmonauts could be genetically engineered to colonise the red planet via crowd-sourced garden sheddery?)

Cheers cheers cheers.

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No doubt Mr Big's Limo as 3G at least, in which case he just needs to have his chauffeur type in the URL for the live map :)

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Fantastic stuff

The first step to a new way of colonising space? After all, the major difficulty in getting stuff to outer space is the giant gravity well. The combination of balloon + rocket means that starting from 100,000 feet, a rocket weighing X tons can have a lot closer to X tons of payload and a small bit of fuel to escape the outer atmosphere, instead of (as is the case for ground-launched rockets), most of X being fuel and teh rest being a tiny payload.

Now, what size of balloon would you need to get a SpaceX Falcon up to 100k feet??

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big?

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Actually, 100kft doesn't make much of a difference - you still need a lot of fuel to accelerate to to orbital velocity.

Lots of people looking in to Rockoons - try Wikipedia.

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Roughly 1m^3 per kilo. So, erm, big :)

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Good News

So much prefer reading news like this than the other tripe that passes for tech-news these days! Keep it up!

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Chances are that someone in GCHQ will finally realise what ElReg is up to and slap a D notice on it all as being military spec.

Well, there must be some firms out there who are looking at their multi-million contracts and feeling vulnerable.

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Well done!

That is all.

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My, one of those balloons seems to have a familiar logo ...

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Heavy?

What's the total weight of all the doodads and gizmos we're shoving into PARIS and LOHAN (fnar). Not tsk-ing, just interested what the total payload would be when it's all done, and if there's a need for a bigger balloon?

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At last - Pi(e) in the Sky

Lovely thought.

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Re: At last - Pi(e) in the Sky

I did that pun *months* ago :-) ... http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/07/17/pi_ascent/

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Do you need the Pi

I'm just wondering, do you really NEED the Pi. Sure it's not extremely big or heavy but I don't think it'll add anything to the mission a simple microcontroller circuit couldn't deliver for a quarter of the weight and power usage.

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The Pi is just used on the ground, as a gateway between the Iridium system and the radio mapping system. The flight computer itself is an Arduino Mega.

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Ahh, right, I failed to pick that up from the article.

I'll get my coat and leave in shame...

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