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Our LOHAN spaceplane ballocket Kickstarter climbs through £8000

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So how much are we talking then?

I'm wondering how much those spaceport fees are. And what they deliver in return for said fees. (By which I mean, is it really a better option to launch from there instead of some other flat bit of overpondian land?

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LOHAN packs bags for SPACEPORT AMERICA!

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Re: Explosives factory

I to agree to making it a stretch goal. Even if its just to force some beaurocrat to have to do some actual work.

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Re: Post-Lohan...

The problem is not that getting stuff to orbit means lifting it very high. The problem is an orbit means moving sideways. REALLY fast. You cant get that sideways movement with a balloon. You do cut the atmospheric drag portion (mostly), but its still a LOT of deltaV to achieve orbit

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Re: Sekret "berkshire-nor" facility

Probably because in comparison to the magic attractive forces of trees, the sea has a pull hundreds of times more. Such is its power that it can alter the winds high aloft so as to suck its victims in.

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The agony and ecstasy of SteamOS: WHERE ARE MY GAMES?

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Re: No thanks

Steam is great for all those old games that come by for a few bucks in the sales and make you think: I should play that. I certainly wouldn't buy any big price games directly from steam.

When games are easily available directly from the source, I don't see the added benefit of steam.

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Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run

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Re: Compass

Compass

Well known problem in big metal ships. Apparently they used to sort it with some strategically placed magnets (or a big lump of steel)

Well known problem on airplanes as well. Even on fiberglass gliders with little to no metal components a compass will be noticably out of alignment if not corrected. (And TINY amounts of metal can already influence it.) A sunroof and aluminium roofrack are not going to cut it, there's still way to much metal in close proximity.

On aircraft the compass has a small tray for mounting small magnets or iron blocks, used to counteract the influence of the aircraft frame on the indication.

I doubt the LOHAN compass will have any sort of adjustable compensation built in. It would still be a good idea to slug it up a hill, set it on a non magnetic table (Preferably something you coble together from some old planks without using ANY nails or screws) pointing due north, power everything up and stand well back while noting what the compass reads. Then turning it 90 degrees, rinse, repeat.

On the video is also seems to me like the canard has some trouble returning to neutral after making a full deflection. Is this just an illusion or is the servo drawing much more power at that point?

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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Return in just such a fireball?

I would hope mister Gerst doesn't return in exactly that kind of fireball. Would be better to keep the spacecraft intact!

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Ad regulator pulls down Branson-backed magic undies

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Re: These good folks

Pretty sure this guys is wearing one -->

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Well, Balls

The product is a bit pants though.

*Yeah, I got that out of my system now. I was going to do the bollocks joke but Anon up there beat me to it. Someone hand me my coat. The one with the gold thread liner. Ohh, and the tinfoil trilby right beside it please!*

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Re: On which internet is google an "opt-in site" ?

" Anonymous Coward

Re: On which internet is google an "opt-in site" ?

Unless the site you want that has the oh-so-exclusive content runs an ad-blocker-blocker, detects you block all the Google stuff, and gives the ultimatum: Allow all the spam stuff or you don't get our content.

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Do you want to go to a site like that?? It actually makes alarm bells and flashing neonsigns reading "MALWARE DANGER, GET OUT" go off for me.

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Re: On which internet is google an "opt-in site" ?

You should install a little thing like no-script. Its a bit of a faf at first to set up the permissions how you want them. But after that, google analytics and google-anything is blocked from running.

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Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot brain surgery a total success

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Pint

For once

I have nothing to complain about. Have a pint!

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You'll find Yoda at the back of every IT conference

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Even more fun as a mechanical engineer

Where a single question can show the speaker to be both incompetent and a danger to others with a single question.

A single question like: So, about that final design. That rear leg is about 80 mm in diameter right? Thick walled tube probably? Have you thought about the buckling load? (Speaker had very confidently stated that all loads were within limits with a design some 50% under the normal weight of a competitors unit. The entire audience immediately knew what was meant, and most instinctively knew the rear leg would buckle like a match. There were several other design flaws I wouldn't expect a first year student to make)

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Totes AMAZEBALLS! Side boob, binge-watch and clickbait added to Oxford Dictionary

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I see little use

in defining something like second screen. I'm pretty sure there are a lot of instances where those two words together mean something ENTIRELY different.

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Vulture 2 strapped to speeding van before delicate brain surgery

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Re: As always, good work

"I agree.

And to misquote you "a single spike mounted into the rear", you are a bit of a pervert. (Or is that me?)"

You don't know the half of it *suggestive eyebrow waggle*

In all seriousness, this might be of interest to the LOHAN team: http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/k-12/airplane/tunbalmnt.html

I realise the LOHAN testing is not really for the purposes of finding the aerdynamic forces on the airframe, but this kind of mounting still allows for uninhibited flow around the model.

More clearance from the roof of the car will be needed in any case.

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As always, good work

And as always I feel like voicing a concern ;)

Testing on top of the van is certainly useful, but if the goal is control algorithm tuning the airframe will have to be mounted in such a way that local flow conditions approach those of free flight. The current rig is too close to the roof and too bulky to allow free flow over the control surfaces. Ideal would be a single spike mounted into the motor mount from the rear. With the upright part of the support located about a quarter span behind the rear of the plane.

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Ever wanted to be a Playmonaut? El Reg's Vulture 2 spaceplane sim reveals what it's like

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Real life landing

A quick question about the landing of the eventual real life mission. Will everything be left to the autopilot or will there be a meatbag pilot waiting at the landing site to take over control if needed?

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NASA boffin: RIDDLE of odd BULGE FOUND on MOON is SOLVED

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Trollface

Thats no moon!

We all know its a giant egg, put there to hatch by some giant space alien!

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World Solar Challenge contender claims new speed record

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Joke

Dizzy

I bet that test driver was getting bored quite rappidly. 500 km on a 4.2 km track is nearly 120 laps... And 100 km hour isn't really such a high speed that it keeps you on your toes.

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

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More seriously

In umeris gigantium

(on the shoulders of giants)

or

Fortuna faveat, bibentes

(fortune favours those who drink)

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alternatively

sertinyay levercay atinlay unpay hereyay

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Igpay atinlay otway tarsyay

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Re: to the pub

I think its supposed to be a derivative from the "our Father" prayer. More correct then would be: "Sicut inter sidera et in taberna". Between the stars as (it is) in the pub. It seems incorrect because there is a bit of sentence missing, where the implied "it is" comes from. I don't really know how to fix that without making it a rather lengthy sentence. Plus my latin is a little rusty. I last translated anything about 7 years ago.

Edit: also, it should be taberna at least. I think Caupona would be better suited in meaning (inn, tavern, canteen. More fitting of the meaning of a pub) but less recognizable by those not learned on the dark arts of Latin.

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German brain surgeon flies in for vital LOHAN operation

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No better boffins

than German boffins in a lot of areas of expertise. I congratulate LOHAN on snatching up a fine example!

I'll make mine an Erdinger.

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Space geeks' resurrected NASA Sun probe ISEE-3 now on collision course with THE MOON

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Re: Time delay

Depending on what they are monitoring probably a mix of both. "As received data" and "predicted real time" predicting the most likely real time values based on the delayed data.

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World Meteorological Organization says climate data is uncool

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Re: Ministry of Truth demand more LIES....

While we ARE getting lied to about many things, most data simply DOES point to changing weather patterns over the last few decades. Whether this is natural or influenced (and to what degree) by mankind is less clear cut because of the dense overgrowth of "greenie" sponsored BS "research" in that area.

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Dammit, Foxconn: Where's our 1 MILLION-strong robot ARMY?

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Not really surprised

"locking screws, components and polished appearance", meaning exactly what cheap and readily available automation systems do.

Automation takes an investment (plus a lot of time investment in development of product specific tooling and programming) that needs to pay back. Such an investment is only worth it if the cost of labor is significantly more than the depreciation of the equipment used. The labour for Foxconn is currently still cheap enough that significant investments in automation systems are just not worth it.

The main reason for the investment in "Foxbots" now is probably more about quality than about labour costs. (Robots tend not to leave fingerprints, smudges and scratches on parts like meatbag workers tend to do)

Look at what most growing companies in the western world goes through when growing. It starts of producing small numbers of parts with significant portions of manual labour. As labour cost per product starts rising, more automation is introduced. Until a point is reached where a significant portion, if not all, production is automated. Labour cost is the most significant driver behind automation. Foxconn has access to cheap labour, so has little drive to automate right now. If pay per hour keeps rising, more automation will be needed to stay competitive.

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Alabama quadchopper hits THREE THOUSAND FEET next to AIRPORT

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Re: I've posted a rant here before

@Chris lively, I'd agree with you except for the simple fact that anyone who doesn't know airspace structures would also not know where airlanes and airports are. (Not to mention the existence of low-flying transit routes for military jets, forbidden airspaces, etc)

@Cynic_999, basically the same region. Anyone who doesn't know airspace won't know where those takeoff/landing areas are. Thus they shouldn't be flying that high. (Add to that the fact there is VERY little reason for a normal powered model to go that high. I can understand a larger span glider model getting extra altitude, but I would like the pilot to know where he is flying with regards to other traffic.

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I've posted a rant here before

so I'll just keep it short.

I'm a pilot. I have a piece of paper that shows I know airspace structures and where I can and cannot operate an air vehicle.

Anyone operating anything (remote or otherwise) over 200 feet altitude (I think 400 is WAY too generous already) should IMHO be able to show a similar piece of paper.

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But what...

is an autopilot? 3-dof leveling, 6-dof stabilisation, altitude hold, speed hold, gps guidance, enroute reprogrammable?

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India’s Karbonn launches £26 Android phone

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Re: Shirley........

Dont reinvent, just start making new 3310s as is. I'd buy one in a heartbeat

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Vulture 2 fills beak with Pi in the Sky

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Re: Looking good

Additional question: The TTL converter is just hanging in free space from the USB connector atm? Will it receive some additional support in the "up and down" direction? Because as it is currently sitting, it'll put a lot of stress on the solder joints for the usb connectors on the PitS and converter board. And from experience, solder joints are NOT structural. (Especially the bonding of the copper trace to the board is prone to breaking loose from vibration induced stresses.)

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Looking good

I am however slightly worried with the USB to TTL converter and especially the wires from there to the pixhawk dangling out the back, just begging to slide out when that rocket motor gives LOHAN a mighty thrust up the rear end. Shirley they will be affixed somehow right?

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NASA flying saucer vids show fire in the sky

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Re: Packing chutes is not always easy

On the main engine burn video you can actually see the balloon cross the view at 29-30 seconds in. Considering the test vehicle has been moving away at close to mach 2 by that point thats a pretty impressively sized balloon!

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Packing chutes is not always easy

Packing a regular chute is not THAT hard. Packing an emergency chute takes some added effort and care (they are folded differently from the "standard" and being the ONLY chute in the pack it better come out right the first time. And fast). I can imagine folding a giant hypersonic parachute is not an easy feat. One wrong loop in the risers and you're shit out of luck.

My hats off to the NASA boys for pulling this off. I'm also impressed at how fast they manage to kill the stabilising rotation after the motor burn.

Edited for Splelling

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New MH370 search zone picked using just seven satellite 'handshakes'

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Re: What about those black-box locator pings?

The pings detected were of the wrong frequency. And with a frequency offset that makes it likely it was coming from the detection equipment itself (possibly echoing off the seafloor) If I remember correctly the frequency was such that adding a real ping and the signal together would produce an audible tone.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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Re: What happened to GAGA

ahh, missed the bootnote there. Thanks.

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What happened to GAGA

We haven't had an update since 2012

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DISPLAY DESTRUCTION D'OH! Teardown cracks Surface Pro 3 screen

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"As with all of our Surface products, Surface Pro 3 is engineered with high-quality components to be as thin, light and powerful as possible and is designed to be serviced by professionals."

Read: Chucked in the bin behind the counter and handing the customer a new box from the shelf if it's physically damaged. (Cheaper for the company than actually training hundreds of staff to perform tedious and time consuming repairs. In worker hours alone a replacement would be cheaper)

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Engineering fault stops SpaceX launch of machine comms satellite network

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Re: First stage

The first stage of the rocket now on the pad does seem to have the foldy legs. So I suspect they will.

Next launch attempt is tomorrow (The 24th of June)

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LOHAN in FIGHT to DEATH with brace of cantankerous canards

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Re: Lockdown

I doubt flow around the craft is going to be very laminar at all.

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Threadlocker

I hope you have used it on those grub screws. Those tiny little screws tend to easily shake loose, allowing the rod to slide. Which will probabably put you into a spin pretty fast.

PS: Something I just thought of, since this already a project of epic proportions with massive amounts of gadget-o-gasms and it will be known where LOHAN comes down. How about filming the launch and landing from the air with one of them quad/hex/octo-copters? That should give some pretty cool footage.

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That's no plane wreck, that's a Google Wi-Fi balloon

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Re: Google Balloon Recovery Officer

A G-BRO? I think we have enough of those already...

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Yes. App that lets you say 'Yo' raises 1 MEEELLION DOLLARS

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Re: We're finally there...

Only 2 things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity. And we're not fully sure on the universe.

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Re: YO

Yo!

I feel all dirty now, for getting in on the action. Excuse me while I go take a shower.

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9 Dark Social Truths That Will Totally Blow Your Bowels!

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Communication by pliers

With sufficient conviction, one might be able to communicate by hole punch and paper tape.

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LOHAN seeks X-Plane bod for simulating relationship

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Having the data and modeling something in a proper CAD environment and then modeling the same thing in Planemaker are 2 entirely different things entirely. Planemaker is not what you would call easy to use if you are used to CAD programs. (Which is also why I won't offer my "services". I would not want to inflict such abbomination as would result on the world)

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NASA scrubs FLYING SAUCER over Hawaii ballocket mission

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updates

I hope El Reg wil keep us updated on launch plans as always?

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BOFH: On the contrary, we LOVE rebranding here at the IT dept

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a good friday

A classic BOFH tale was all i needed to make this an excellent day!

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FLYING SAUCER 'designed for Mars atmosphere' in Pacific US military base

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Stock is getting limited because the US is dumping its reserves. We're not actually running out (yet).

I think the use of hydrogen for a project of this magnitude has to do with the cost of failure/premature ignition. Eliminating a hydrogen explosion as a factor is probably a big one in an FMEA.

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