The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has some good news and some bad news today. The good news is that we've finished the paint element of of Vulture 2 spaceplane's livery, and it looks absolutely magnificent. The bad news, for you lot at least, is that we're not going to show our beloved readers just how …
I'll say this for you chaps -
You know how to build the suspense.
Re: I'll say this for you chaps -
Either that, or they really do have day jobs.
"So, as you read this, the rocket ship is aboard a vessel somewhere between Bilbao and Portsmouth, ploughing inexorably forwards towards......"
a meeting with the busybodies of customs, immigration, "anti-terrorist" police, the bomb squad, all of whom will ask you difficult questions about whether you have a licence for this, whether you realise that even thinking about rockets is illegal under some dubious interpretation of a poorly drafted law rushed though in 2001, whether your dad was ever in Al Quaeda, and such like.
And as the courts have proven, it's quite OK for armed plod to shoot anybody they want, any time, for no good reason at all, and to walk away scot free. Or to taser you, even if you're blind, mentally ill, or under the age of criminal responsibility.
So good luck, gents, but look out for the welcoming committee, all of whom are there to "keep us safe".
Re: You reckon?
"busybodies of customs, immigration, "anti-terrorist" police, the bomb squad"
At Portsmouth continental ferry port? Bwahahaha!
No, they all got downsized as part of the War on Public Sector Jobs. That and Pompey CFP is dying on its arse.
You might get one bloke from Group 4 on minimum wage who can't be arsed to look up from his copy of Heat magazine from 2008.
I reckon SPB could get an actual vulture through there if they wanted.
No pressure on Chris and his Vinyl Wrappers eh?
So, are the SPB including a 24hr guard to stop any sneaky smartphone snaps of the finished product appearing on the intwerwebs?
Ive allready delegated the task to our master wrapper. I should probably inform him at some point.
> it made perfect sense to bring the aircraft over
And here was me hoping it would be flown over on the back of a Jumbo Jet
"... flown over on the back of a Jumbo Jet"
Assuming the Antonov 225 was unavailable...
They tried that in Moonraker. It didn't go well.
One snappy looking space plane - something Branson himself would be happy with.
How much does this wrap weigh?
I'm sure its fine and everything, but how much extra energy is the wrap going to cost the ship? Or will it have great features that will offset this?
The design looks great though btw.
Re: How much does this wrap weigh?
Depending on the vinyl used, it can be thinner than a coat of paint. Usually gives a smoother result too without hours of 600-grit sanding, assuming they don't hand the job over to Bubbles McCreases, the YTS lad.
Re: How much does this wrap weigh?
It's a weird thing with planes, especially gliders, which this essentially is - after a looong balloon phase and a few seconds of rocket powered terror, anyway. Weight makes them go faster. A given airframe will have a certain glide ratio, i.e. it will go a certain distance forwards for every amount it drops. Within sane limits this ratio is constant, so if you make it heavier it drops faster, therefore it has to fly forwards faster. With radio controlled gliders it's common to add lead or even tungsten ballast to really get the weight up. Full size gliders use water so they can easily ditch it.
In this case there are other factors that come into play. The vinyl will make the surface smoother which will help especially at very high speeds. The weight becomes an issue when you have to lift it with a balloon to ridiculous heights. But it also makes it tougher - I have a foam flying wing covered with vinyl which is super tough and super fast, at the expense of needing a really good day to go gliding.
I just want to see this thing FLY!
Oh come now
do you really have to keep us dangling like this!
It's hard to believe it's been so long
It's been almost three years since we first heard of LOHAN and she's only now getting some clothes on her. I am assuming the final test and launch will be sometime this summer.
Mmmmmm....Lohan wrapped in vinyl....
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