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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 …

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Boffin

And remember, children,

Never return to a firework after it's been lit!

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Re: And remember, children,

Wouldn't that consisute as littering?

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Good work all round!

Though I think Paul's "happy face" needs some work.

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After LOHAN

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.

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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.

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Re: After LOHAN

I just hope BOFH doesn't cotton on to that...

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@Ragarath Re: After LOHAN

By George, you're right!

Our aim is to launch the advanced vehicle from a helium balloon at maximum altitude, and then ask it to guide itself back to Earth via GPS and autopilot.

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?

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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...

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Re: @Ragarath After LOHAN

Thanks for that, Lester. Dunno how I missed it.

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Re: Re: @Ragarath After LOHAN

No probs.

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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.

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Re: What about the otherway round?

And???

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Felicitaciones

Muchach@s, me encuentro lleno de admiración. Enbuenahora.

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Yay...

Excellent news that, unlike the real Lohan, this actually does something useful and works.

Well done all involved.

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Missed one...

Surely that should have been premature explosion of an huge Airbag? Were they Bulgarian? :-P

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Bah!

A wise team would still figure out a backup for when the real thing gets stroppy.

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What's next after the LOHAN project?

The BYNES project?

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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??

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Love these reports

Great stuff from the special projects bureau

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