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LOHAN and the amazing technicolor spaceplane

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There's actually more stuff for Ariadne. All will be revealed in due course...

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Spanish village called 'Kill the Jews' mulls rebranding exercise

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Re: Village?

If I ever get down to that neck of the woods, I'll report back on its bar status.

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Red-faced LOHAN team 'fesses up in blown SPEARS fuse fiasco

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Re: Re: Public Inquiry

I'm launching a pre-emptive objection to the public enquiry, the members of the post-enquiry enquiry panel, and the judicials who will sit in judgement of this most serious of matters.

Then we'll appeal and sue the fuse manufacturer, and the company who supplied the materials to the fuse manufacturer. Then we'll sue all of you lot for emotional damages. Reply to this post and consider yourself sued.

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Re: Fuse Blown - I can fix that

Works for me.

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Fancy joining Reg hack on quid-a-day challenge?

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Well get on with it then.

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LOHAN's Punch and Judy show: The big fat round-up

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Re: Re: …with the balloon up a tree…

Yes, we need a dendronic repulsive lodestick. In Punch's case, it'd be handy if it also repelled police officers.

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Re: Re: ...with the balloon up a tree...

One is the absolute statutory minimum. Obviously, dense woodland is ideal.

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Re: Why Baconur?

In this case, I had to go to Blighty with the Vulture 2 for its vinyl wrap anyway, so it was much easier to assemble the team there.

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Re: But the most important question...

Pretty good, and a friendly bunch too. On the SPB's list of recommended post-mission boozers.

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Yes, external condensation. Very cloudy and damp in the lower atmosphere. Salyuts to you too.

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Re: ...with the balloon up a tree...

Well yes, there has to be at least one tree involved.

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Reg LOHAN spaceplane: Punch and Judy show in comedy non-explosive climax

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Re: Hydrogen? Helium?

Dave Akerman always uses hydrogen. You can't get it in Spain, unless you have some form of authorisation from the King or summat, so helium it is for the final launch.

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Re: Pitot probe heater?

It's an issue that's been raised before. We haven't had time to consider it yet.

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Middle England trembles before roaring LOHAN

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Re: Yes, it is rocket science

I do have some video footage, but it'll have to wait until I have a moment to put it together.

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LOHAN team gears up for Punch and Judy show

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Re: I have had bit of a Lohan moment...

The heater is wrapped around the full-fat Cesaroni 54mm case, and that flight is simply to test the heater.

The second flight will carry smaller but loaded Cesaroni motors, to test ignition.

The two flights are because of weight. Sticking all the stuff under one balloon isn't practical in this case.

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Cops bang up squiffy, nude Virginian minx

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Re: Re: IT angle?

Why would I deprive you lot of the pleasure of making that connection? You can't expect me to do all the work around here.

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LOHAN bloodhound unleashes solar-powered minitracker

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Re: Vulture 2 Suggestions

Suggestions always welcome, thanks. On your specific points:

We're working on an improved igniter for initial testing in our REHAB hypobaric chamber at low temperatures. Your input is appreciated.

1 - The motor's wrapped in space blanket and heat shrink, so the external temp won't reach a level to pose a threat to the nylon motor enclosure part of the fuselage, even on the ground (we've checked). As you say, it's cold up there, so no problem.

2 - We haven't yet mounted all the kit and tested the C of G, but that's imminent. Watch this space. The designers have an ideal C of G plotted, so it'll be interesting so see if the actual matches that.

3 - We've been fretting about the canards a bit. They're mounted using 8mm threaded steel rod expoxied (space grade expoxy) into the canard body. Should be ok, but it's a case of suck it and see.

The wings aren't as fragile as they look. There's an awful lot of complex internal bracing structure in there - the benefit of 3D printing.

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Re: The pre-launch checklist...

We could certainly get some internal mounts moulded as part of the 3D printing process, for the Pi, for example, and certainly for the Pixhawk autopilot and GPS. In the end, though, the amount of time to do that in CAD is greater than simply putting everything in as it is now.

Regarding the checklist, it's actually an "operational manual", and it's growing by the day.

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Yes I know, but I'm waging war on UPPER/lower mixed acronyms.

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Shadow clone

We seem to have gained an extra Rob there. Should read: Dave Akerman, Rob Eastwood, John Oates, Paul Shackleton and Neil Barnes.

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Re: just a thought

Not a bad idea.

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QUIDOCALYPSE: Blighty braces for £100 MILLION cost of new £1 coin

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Re: Re: Deal With It!

Indeed. Unlike the Brit 20 and 20p pieces, it's not a Reuleaux polygon.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: Re: I'm not happy unless I'm complaining.

Best knock up Chaz of Wales and Will of Cambs, just to be sure.

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French novel falls foul of Apple's breast inspectors

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Re: moral turpitude

"It is also telling that El Reg marks the article as NSFW". Not really. If we didn't mark it so, someone would complain that they clicked on it at work and got into hot water because of the image. It's purely precautionary.

No moral judgement issue here.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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Re: Re: I've got

That is an extremely plausible spirit level. Good job.

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Re: The Arapaho Strike Back !

You wouldn't happen to know the Arapaho for "humourless sanctimonious commentard", would you?

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Re: Re: I've got

Shed number two, eh? It's a big moment in any man's life when he evolves into a state of bisheddery.

I have loads of rubble, but unless you can drive a flatbed truck across the Bay of Biscay, it's not much use to you.

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Re: Re: I've got

Six. One long and one short for internal use (shelves, etc), one long and one short for external use (rugged bricklayer's type), plus a really long one (also bricklayer's level) and one with a tiltable bubble for putting up shelves at exactly 37 degs from horizontal to show the missus what happens when you bang on for weeks about "putting up that shelf in the bathroom you promised to do over Xmas".

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Re: Correction

A fair point. We need to plug the BuzzGasm aggregator into the Reg Standards Converter. I'll get the lads onto it.

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Re: You've made me renew my subscription.

Hmmmm...

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Re: I've got

Good call. I've got over a dozen pair of pliers, spread over two sheds. That way, I'm never more than *3ft* from a pair. I might get some more pliers, though. You can never have enough.

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Re: Pliers Hold Stuff Really, Really Tight

Interesting, but then I'd use side cutters to cut cables. Never really got on with mole grips. Needle-nose pliers are great though.

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Re: Re: Not correct!

Excellent.

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Re: Not correct!

Very good. Award yourself beer.

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Punch and Judy face Blofeld in LOHAN doomsday box test

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Re: Uhm-Kay...?

That's the ground station. We always solder batteries together, especially the ones going stratoside, to avoid connection failure.

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Re: At considerable risk to myself...

Spot on.

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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Re: Re: Journalistic Integrity

I'm trying to keep my chin up, but paper-clips simply don't inspire in the way pliers do. I am currently trying to get an Arapaho translation for "stuff this for a lark, it's pub o'clock".

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Re: Re: Is there an Arapaho word for this?

I don't believe in magic. There's an identifiable process at work here, even it has extradimensional properties beyond current scientific understanding.

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Re: Is there an Arapaho word for this?

There's no word in any language for that. Similarly, there's no term to describe the process by which a screwdriver, when placed momentarily out of view in a sealed room, with no means of escape, can disappear forever from the face of the planet.

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Re: Journalistic Integrity

I'm rather glumly looking at a box of paper-clips as we speak.

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Brawling neighbours challenge 'quiet' cul-de-sac myth

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Re: Well done Lester

Thanks. Time in the shed does indeed lead one to ponder profound truths.

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Re: Really?

Bye.

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Re: Lazy Picture Sourcing

It's not supposed to be Wiltshire. What on God's Green Earth are you talking about?

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Heroic Playmonaut wowed by LOHAN's bulging package

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Re: There'll aways be Paris

We do have a Playmobil blonde in a bikini, which has in the past represented the lovely Paris...

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Re: Re: Operational Redundancy Opportunity

Indeed. I am fearful of a rift ripped through the very fabric of time and space.

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Re: Re: Operational Redundancy Opportunity

We may have to open this one up to a public vote, if there is finally enough room for a second crew member. No guarantees, though - the electronics boys are eyeing more toys...

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Re: Don't rely on USB

All potentially-vulnerable connectors will be epoxied. Look carefully at the Futaba S.BUS out cable here: http://regmedia.co.uk/2014/03/01/pixhawk_mount_01_big.jpg

It's got a smidge of space-grade adhesive on the right holding it in place. We're not going to take any chances with stuff working loose.

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Re: Re: Missing a servo????

Yes there will. Watch this space.

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Re: Re: Missing a servo????

The canards will have sufficient roll control, but there is the issue of lack of air to consider. It's all about velocity.

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Florida bloke cuffed for pit bull shag outrage

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Re: thyrotoxicosis ??

The reason for your post has for some reason eluded me. It's always a bit dodgy making diagnoses over the internet, but it looks like you've got a nasty case of sense of humour failure, which can send people a bit dull.

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