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We're delighted to report that our plucky Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) playmonaut pilot is safe and well, following his dramatic rescue yesterday from a Spanish mountainside. What started as a routine test flight of the igniter for our Vulture 2 spaceplane's rocket motor, launched in perfect conditions southwest …

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I'm actually glad!

For purely selfish reasons that I got back to late to watch the live footage.

I can now attempt to watch it again. Glad the playmonaut is ok.

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Why no Rockblock iridium comms for GPS coords? surely you can make life easier on yourselves!

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RockBlock's in reserve for the emergency cut-down, so it didn't fly this time.

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One can only hope...

The Reg has sufficient funds to pay for proper counseling for our brave Playmonaut to handle any PTSD. Don't want to see him snap on a later mission for the sake of a few bob.

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Re: One can only hope...

pah! A night on the lash and he'll be right as rain and begging for more. This is one of Blighty's finest we're talking about! He's probably already plans on overtaking Voyager 1!

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Re: counselling for our brave Playmonaut?

Ha! Ask them about that poor bear! But they don't want you to know that he can no longer stand by himself and requires constant cuddling by a small child. The bear's lucky: who's going to cuddle a stressed-out playmonaut?

It's just like the IT industry: work them hard, burn them out and chuck them out.

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Those are beautiful images, both the near-to-ground ones and especially the altitude ones of the Earth curvature (even at "only" 23,000ft). Looking forward to tomorrow's fun, although if work's p(r)oxy servers act as they did last time it'll be commentard-feed only as the images went as AWOL as a swimming Playmonaut.

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I hate to break it to you, but the curvature is mostly due to the wide-angle lens...

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They are good images, however I suspect the curvature is a result the lens used, as it is the same at ground level.

Apologies if that burst your balloon.

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That's "only" 23,000 metres, not feet

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@Neil - still doesn't stop them looking nice though, even if somewhat artificial :)

But nice effort all round to the whole team (present and absent)

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Rock on, the Flat Earth Society ;-)

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Is that Spain

or Mars ?

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Re: Is that Spain

There's more to Spain that Benidorm and Torremolinos.

Personally I think the moon landings were shot here and I wouldn't be surprised if the Mars rover was knocking about somewhere.

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So, was there a parachute deployment?

Since you planned on a balloon-burst at a set altitude (and the rig wasn't pulverized on impact with Terra Firma), there must be a parachute arrangement for the balloon payload. Did it function as expected?

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Re: So, was there a parachute deployment?

Yes, parachute was fine.

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Well done!

The dashcam was a teriffic idea. Sorry we missed the hike, though.

Best of luck on the second mission.

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Rover?!

Looks like this was meant to be Rover's big comeback...

http://regmedia.co.uk/2013/09/17/lohan_launch.jpg

Sad to say he was clearly too old to make it all the way up. Poor thing hasn't been the same since Patrick McGoohan died... if it had still been 1967, he'd have chased you menacingly all the way along that beach then squashed you, just like the old days.

Er, seriously... impressive stuff, though, look forward to the video!

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Did the burst balloon remain attached and act as a drogue chute to slow down the fall of the assembly?

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The link to 'best practices for an Active Directory migration' under a series of photos of a lonely trek through the wilderness made me smile.

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What, no radio drones?

I'm mildly disappointed that you didn't have a remote control or autonomous aircraft to do the searching for the downed vessel, rather than trying to do it from ground level and suffering from all that inconvenient geography.

Possibly your fancy new iridum toys might eliminate some or all of the need for such things, however.

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Same launch point?

Or is that a function of the wind forecast on the day?

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For a few dollars more....

Next time do the hike in ponchos, jeans and cowboy boots. Six guns are optional.

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Re: For a few dollars more....

A Fistful of Travellers Cheques is the training video...

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A big vanilla ice cream for the playmonaut!

What?, really?, urghhh!

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Have one on me !

Superb quality imagery, and the equipment is obviously built to Victorian standards of engineering margins.

Chris Cosgrove

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Well with your choice of backronyms...

what else could you expect but a forced hike up the dirt road?

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