Fans of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission will know that the issue of getting a rocket motor to fire at altitude has given our Vulture 2 spaceplane team plenty of sleepless nights. Click here for a bigger version of the LOHAN graphic Last year, we constructed the Rocketry Experimental High Altitude …
And remember, children,
Never return to a firework after it's been lit!
Re: And remember, children,
Wouldn't that consisute as littering?
Good work all round!
Though I think Paul's "happy face" needs some work.
Once LOHAN has been completed, the next step for the Special Project Bureau will obviously be to implement GPS-guided autonomous landing of the aircraft at a pre-defined location. That'll save The Reg crew a lot of trekking through the landscape to recover stuff.
Of course, it'll also give The Reg a balloon launched cruise missile capability.
So, not just "biting the hand that feeds IT", but also targetting IT with explosive payloads.
Re: After LOHAN
I thought the reason for the avionics was so that the fight is controlled and returns?
Although the balloon and other debris will still need a trek I fear.
Re: After LOHAN
I just hope BOFH doesn't cotton on to that...
@Ragarath Re: After LOHAN
By George, you're right!
Although I can't recall hearing much about this GPS guidance since then. It's all been trusses and high-altitude rocket ignition. What's going on in that area, Reg?
Re: @Ragarath Re: After LOHAN
Well, we've got the autopilot working, as our reveal vid shows: http://youtu.be/fkTf_V7jX2A
There's still work to be done. We're on the case...
Re: @Ragarath After LOHAN
Thanks for that, Lester. Dunno how I missed it.
Re: Re: @Ragarath After LOHAN
What about the otherway round?
Last time I was in china (using state run dial-up) the reason I couldn't access many websites sites I wanted to wasn't so much down to outbound firewall rules in China, it was inbound access from Chinese registered IP address being blocked on the sites I was trying to access that was the problem. After decades of malicious attacks, western administrators are pretty wary of Chinese registered IP address ranges.
Re: What about the otherway round?
Muchach@s, me encuentro lleno de admiración. Enbuenahora.
Excellent news that, unlike the real Lohan, this actually does something useful and works.
Well done all involved.
Surely that should have been premature explosion of an huge Airbag? Were they Bulgarian? :-P
A wise team would still figure out a backup for when the real thing gets stroppy.
What's next after the LOHAN project?
The BYNES project?
Alas for the subtitles that could have been....
LOHAN gets high, then hot....
LOHAN unafraid to show chemical dependency....
LOHAN cozies up to hot thruster....
Seriously, Reg--do I need to fly across the pond and crack some heads in your editorial meetings??
Love these reports
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