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The Register's mighty Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is, as you read this, in the field preparing a second test flight of our Vulture 2 spaceplane's rocket motor igniter assembly, following Monday's dramatic first attempt which ended on a Spanish mountainside following premature balloon burst. Click here for …


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  1. Pen-y-gors Silver badge

    Oh bum...

    there goes all hope of a productive afternoon's coding....

    1. Peter Mount

      Re: Oh bum...

      Same here... I've got a lot of coding to do this afternoon but I'll try to do that whilst watching ;-)

      1. Evil Auditor Silver badge

        Code review

        And the poor reviewer will wonder what was wrong with these guys when they wrote that code.

  2. hammarbtyp Silver badge

    Arrrgh, they be adrift me hearties.

    God speed to ya

  3. ukgnome Silver badge


    The sites are not blocked behind this corporate firewall.

    Hmm, can I legitimise the websites with the client.

  4. Anonymous Custard Silver badge

    Channel Reg

    Conditions are looking ideal for a flight which doesn't involve either the English Channel or a Spanish mountainside, so wish us luck.

    I'd be quite impressed if you managed to ditch in the channel again from all the way down there.

    Anyway good fortune m'hearties and here's to raising a tot of grog later to a (hopefully) successful raid. By the way, will the intrepid Cap'n Playmonaut be kitted out in suitable eyepatch and tricorn for the voyage?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Photo necessary

    Wonderful live launch feed... Best of all is the close shot of Lester filming upwards, belly protruding southwards of his T-shirt.

    Anonimous for obvious reasons...

  6. ukgnome Silver badge

    Is it wrong

    That watching the live feed I have the Milky War theme of red car and the blue car had a race driving through my head?

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Max alt difference

    439m difference between the max alt of the two payloads attached to the same balloon, are you using a playmanaut with a stretchy tape measure?

    1. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

      Re: Max alt difference

      Drop one, balloon shoots up before the second is released?

  8. phuzz Silver badge

    And as I look at the live map, hmm, that looks like a reading for change in altitude, I wonder which way is +'ve

    hmm, that number's definitely going down HEY THEY'RE COMING DOWN!

  9. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    And they're down.

    1. phuzz Silver badge

      And is that a bit of Tshirt I see on image 34 ( It's been found already!

  10. Sporkinum

    That was cool!

    Had fun wasting 45 minutes of unproductivity at work. Congratulations on the impressive altitude achieved. Hope the ignition test went well.

  11. Pet Peeve

    Grats on it practically landing in the trunk of your car! Test results?

  12. Andus McCoatover

    Arrr. I await yer reportin' scroll wi' bated barnacles!

    Damn yer black 'eart..Oi fergot it's "International Talk like a Pirate day"

    Cap'n Scumbucket - at yer service, or yer dubloons!

    (Icon - cos it's a bit like a parrot...)

  13. Pirate Dave

    Great stuff

    That was awesome. Best morning (here in the US) I've spent at work in quite a while. :) Great work all around, guys.

    If El Reg would do more of this type of stuff, I'd consider upgrading to the Platinum Subscription.

    1. Martin Budden

      Re: Great stuff

      G'day Pirate Dave, just wondering, was yesterday "Talk Like A Normal Bloke Day" for you?

  14. Kevin Payne


    I hope the team is decontaminating after recovery, there could be aliens on board:

    1. daveake

      Re: Decontamination

      That really is a most appalling piece of deduction. They cannot rule out contamination and they appear to have done very little to prevent it.

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