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Re: Two stage autopilot
The way we're currently looking at it is:
1) Autopilot in "neutral" until after rocket motor burn
2) High-speed dive at high altitude (aka "plummet")
3) Low-speed glide to landing
Part 1) is actually the difficult bit. We need to work out how the autopilot is going to sense launch.
Re: Re: My Little Pony...
Yup, the idea's been knocking around for years. My El Reg colleague Drew Cullen used to threaten his two young daughters with a slaughterhouse set. Tickled me at the time, so why not roll it out now?
Re: My little pony
It's the latter, I'm afraid. We received an offer we couldn't refuse from a Chinese Playmobil knock-off company. Their miniature "re-education" labour camp is a gas. Stay tuned for a message from our sponsors...
It's via a "specialist import" company.
Re: "Doubtless cynical readers will claim this discovery is purely coincidental"
Agreed. The Portuguese Man o' War is a much more likely candidate.
Re: Re: Altitude auto pilot
The rocket doesn't fire after release - the Vulture 2 exits a launch rod on ignition. Yes, at the speed it'll be going, there should be enough airflow.
Actually, I was disappointed to find Aussies *didn't* call a tarpaulin a tarpo, or indeed a tarpie. Seemed like a massive oversight to me. The beach plan is sound - crack a few stubbies, etc...
Re: Altitude auto pilot
Yup, one of the obvious lines of attack is to have the autopilot off until after launch. That's a coding issue, and we're working on just what parameters turn on the autopilot...
Agreed. Perfectly good term.
We do, and it's all part of the planning.
Re: Re: AaRGHH - how standards have been perverted
Exactly. We set right from the start we weren't interested in exotic blends and brewing methods. Readers had plenty of time to express their opinions.
Re: Sick pic
I think they are. There's really only one place suitable for this kind of explicit material: Facebook.
Re: Nazi Gramatical
Duly corrected. But yes, in future satisfy the pedant within via the handy corrections button. Gracias.
Re: So will Shakespeare, after reading that English ;-)
Well, a very creditable effort. Award yourself a beicon sarnie and a nice cup of tea.
Re: Re: And for those of us...
Beicon: good effort there by the Spaniards transcribing the sound of bacon into the local lingo. The one spelling which caught my eye last month was "jalogüin". Marvellous.
Re: No nos olvidemos del soldador
Re: In spanish!
Es un placer.
So will Shakespeare, after reading that English ;-)
Re: And for those of us...
Oh go on - I didn't want to deprive you lot of the pleasure of wasting the boss's time working it out.
"Oh Sting, where is thy death?"
I can feel it coming in the air tonight, oh Lord...
No, not if they're onstage with Sting, Phil Collins, Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber.
Re: Fred 2-L
Yes, but surely it's just a matter of time?
Re: Re: So teach them the words...
That neologism absolutely stinks.
Re: Just wondering...
Yes. Dunno. No. No.
Re: Re: To be honest...
There's only one way this conversation can go, and that's directly to the nearest pub. I invite you to join me, but leave the Superfluous Comments guide at home.
Here you go, a quick sketch: http://regmedia.co.uk/2013/10/24/ariadne_vulture_2_dimensions.jpg
Bear in mind the aircraft is divided into bits, with a bayonet joint between the nose and rear fuselage/wing assemblies
Re: If only someone had told them..
Interestingly, the photos don't show the rear of the horse, so...
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