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There's been a lull in the flighting on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) front over Xmas and New Year, but the team has emerged from the festivities revitalised and ready for action. In December, we announced that 3D Robotics had kindly agreed to supply the mission with an all-new Pixhawk autopilot, to replace …

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  1. Anomalous Cowturd
    Pint

    It looks bigger than I had imagined.

    Any idea of a launch date yet?

    Oh, and happy new year chaps. Have another beer.

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: It looks bigger than I had imagined.

      We're working on it. Still got a load of faffing to do...

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    it removes the need to hook up the autopilot using a USB cable, which for proper testing and operational purposes would require a USB socket mounted on the Vulture 2's exterior

    and a very long cable!

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Yes, the in-flight cable would be 30km+ and presumably wound round a really big spool.

  3. imanidiot Silver badge

    I hope that bench is stand-up height

    Because sitting down behind a laptop with that shelf in the way is going to be a pain.

  4. Chris Stephens

    Ampex 456

    Whats that reel of Ampex 456 doing there ? Whats on it ? Thats not something I would expect at El Reg.

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: Ampex 456

      16-track soundtrack for a video from years back, before I joined Vulture Central.

      1. Chris Stephens

        Re: Ampex 456

        Video ? Oh wow. Link ? Not to go off subject or anything. Ive got some 456 sitting around and I like to pull it out and explain to digital kids how real men record sound.

  5. 1Rafayal

    I stopped reading when......

    .....I discovered that the custom work bench did not have a beer pump installed as well as no pipe rack

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: I stopped reading when......

      Glaring omissions to the set-up noted.

    2. Peter Simpson 1
      Holmes

      Re: I stopped reading when......

      How can you have a Guinness cert, but no Guinness?

      Props for the inspirational and patriotic art, though. A very nicely done work area.

      // England expects...and all that

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Thumb Up

    good thing I was sitting on the floor.

    When I read this:

    "...and which has filled the space with the kind of resinous mountain-fresh aroma toilet cleaner manufacturers can only dream of."

    Otherwise I believe I would have fallen out of my chair because I was laughing so hard.

  7. Will Godfrey Silver badge
    Meh

    Hmmm

    We do seem to be slowy straying from the orginal blu-tak and selotape ideal

  8. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    " ...pine, freshly hewn "

    Is that wise?

  9. 7-zark-7
    Thumb Up

    Brief checklist

    Pipe - Check

    Cup of tea - Check

    Yep, all seems to be in order.

  10. SkippyBing Silver badge

    Masthead

    I've just noticed what happens when you mouse over the mast head image. Very nice, more of this kind of thing!

  11. Robert Heffernan

    Ardupilot

    So what was wrong with the Ardupilot?

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: Ardupilot

      Absolutely nothing, but 3DR offered the Pixhawk. According to Andrew Tridgell, it has vastly superior data-logging capabilities, and an improved airspeed indicator.

  12. Anakin

    Is this guy inspired by PARIS?

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lucaiaconistewart/sets/

    That is what i call a paperplane

    1. Lester Haines (Written by Reg staff) Gold badge

      Re: Is this guy inspired by PARIS?

      It is pretty amazing.

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