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Moment of truth for LOHAN's servos: Our US allies are poised for final test flight

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Just written a summary piece, should be up shortly. Initial results excellent.

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Re: Down at about 17:30Z

Good job by Edge. Results forthcoming...

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Re: Re: Enclosure insulation

The possible overheating issue is exactly what we're keeping an eye out for. The BEC is our main concern - it gets pretty warm on the ground when everything's fired up.

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They're using their own tracking gear. This is a test of our servos and batteries only.

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LOHAN crash lands on CNN

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Re: Re Lester Haines

I'd agree with the burly, but I am most certainly not bald.

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Beers all round as Vulture 2 lands in Blighty

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Re: Photo #6

I give you one pipe: http://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article133149781/Briten-schicken-gedruckte-Rakete-in-Stratosphaere.html

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Re: Other coverage:

And here too: http://www.welt.de/wirtschaft/article133149781/Briten-schicken-gedruckte-Rakete-in-Stratosphaere.html

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Tearful LOHAN Playmonaut bids adiós to Spain

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Re: Carnet

We get the consumables in the States, for that very reason.

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I saw summat about that yesterday. We may have to wait outside the stage door wearing LOHAN t-shirts.

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Re: Entry to USA

Yeah, we've got a team on standby.

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US team claims PARIS paper plane launch crown

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Paper shenanigans

Tis true: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/12/31/paper_plane_flight/

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LOHAN wraps Kickstarter tin-rattling at £30,725

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Still pending word from the FAA...

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Plucky Playmonaut parties as LOHAN hits Kickstarter goal

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Re: Re: Anyone else having problems with the "Response Needed" email?

No, we haven't sent all suerveys out yet. We're still working through the first replies. Bear with us...

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Re: Anyone else having problems with the "Response Needed" email?

No idea. We've had a rack of replies this morning to the "surveys" as they call them. I haven't heard of anyone else having trouble.

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Re: Welcome to Las Cruces!

Arrrgh, buckaroo, see ye there...

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Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight

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We are indeed worried about overheating, especially the BEC. The flight test will show what's what.

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Yes, the "advanced" are not the same beast.

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Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS

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Re: Sufficient lift?

The weight is within parameters, so yup, there's enough lift.

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We are indeed filming the whole thing.

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LOHAN tin-rattles to a whopping £27,000 on Kickstarter

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Re: Re: Question

Aha. Well, you lot are to blame for the mottos ;-) Thanks for chipping in with wonga, btw, much appreciated.

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Re: Re: Less than £1800 to go...

My lips are sealed.

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Re: Re: Less than £1800 to go...

Go for it - free the tankard for someone with less economic might.

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Re: Less than £1800 to go...

It is exciting. Some one even upped their pledge and left a stray tankard available...

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Re: The tankards have proved particularly popular,

Bit unfair on those who jumped in early to add extra ones now. I too am in eager anticipation of supping from my tankard.

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Re: When are the tankards shipping please?

Yup, if we don't hit our target, there are no tankards for anyone. There's a sample in production as we speak, lovingly hewn from the living glass...

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Re: Re: Question

Nice try ;-)

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Re: Question

Just send us a message on Kickstarter requesting anonymity. That way, you're sorted. We'll have to do the roll of honour manually, so there's no automated process. Better to use a pseudonym on Kickstarter, just to be sure.

Btw, since I know who you are, and you have been so rude about our logo, I'm going to send you a t-shirt and some stickers. So there.

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Re: Just a thought

Yes, we only have around 30 seconds to get the shots before a social services SWAT team moves in.

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Re: only my opinion

Well, I've been sitting in the shed for the past four hours testing the new Vulture 2 battery rig. Break for tea and a bacon sarnie, naturally.

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Who wants to be there as history is made at the launch of our LOHAN space project?

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Re: What happens in case of delays?

I'm sure we could work something out. The whole thing works on the principal of maximum flexibility, since there are many factors which can cause delays.

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It's official: LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm is PANTS

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Re: LOHAN's PANTS worth 3K Already?

I think PANTS has proved vital in the tin-rattling. Beers all round indeed. Cheers.

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Re: Re: The whole thing

Oh do stop moaning. The extra batteries are 120g, and the weight is within the original design parameters by a margin. In fact, I'll tell you: It's 3050g, excluding the Cesaroni reload.

We've done the calcs, and the aircraft will exit the rod like the proverbial muck off a shovel. I thank you.

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LOHAN invites ENTIRE REG READERSHIP to New Mexico shindig

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You see? A cunning non-disclosure plan.

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By simply not telling them exactly where the balloon launch is. It's not a question of depriving people of the opportunity - it's a complicated and likely stressful operation, and then there's the rocket motor hazard. It's really not a good idea to have folks milling about.

In any case, live streaming on the interwebs should be entertainment enough.

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So, we let unlimited people roll up, and we've got a kick-arse rocket motor in the Vulture which has to be armed on the ground, and there's no one on site to stop people wandering about....

What could possibly go wrong?

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LOHAN premieres spaceplane mission summary vid

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Spot on.

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Vote NOW for LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm acronym

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Re: Re: Hang on

Agreed. I will make it happen.

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Re: I'm Sad

Sad but not surprised?

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Re: Hang on

Fair play to you sir, and duly noted.

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Crack team weighs LOHAN's substantial box

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Nerves of steel, experience of cavernous spaces and use of exploratory probes.

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Re: Re: Just wondering ?

A mixture of exasperation and tiredness. After we actually did a bit of research, we discovered that OSB, which the box is made of, is exempt, because it's been subjected to pressure/heat.

Wooden pallets are the main concern apparently, and have to be treated and duly stamped.

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Re: Re: Just wondering ?

Right, let's scrub the mission now, because I personally have had enough of this crap.

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Our Vulture 2 rocket spaceplane crammed with MORE POWER

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Re: Sort of seconded

Because there simply isn't another cubic centimetre inside that isn't right by the GPS. I have to been told to avoid that proximity.

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14.3 tonnes, of which 14.27 is the batteries, apparently.

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Re: Re: Battery clip springs...

That's fine for a single battery pack, but on the multiple jobs you have springs facing both ways.

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Re: Just in case no-one's mentioned it, Lester

Hello mate. That's about the size of it.

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Re: Battery clip springs...

Noted, thanks.

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Re: Assume the Castle Creations BEC is a switching BEC?

BEC was recommended by Andrew Tridgell - he's used 'em before, so we bow to his experience.

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Re: Re: All those batteries!

I repeat: We are not using LiPos.

Fair point about the springs/studs. The batteries will be securely fixed, rest assured.

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Re: Defence?

Well yes, but a defensive capability comes under the "mission creep" banner. Next time, maybe...

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