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As promised earlier this week, today we're giving readers the chance to win an all-new RockBLOCK Mk2 Iridium satellite comms unit, courtesy of our chums at Rock Seven. The RockBLOCK "allows you to send and receive short messages from anywhere on Earth with a clear view of the sky" via Iridium Short Burst Data (SBD), offering …

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  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    POLDARK

    Precisely Observed Last Demonstration And Reconnaissance Kit (POLDARK)

    Go forth and progress, despite the nay sayers!

  3. malle-herbert
    Happy

    Big Ultra Long-range Low-orbit Stratospheric High-altitude Interference Test

    (P.S. : I don't want nor need the module so if I win you can give the thing to Paul Shackleton... )

  4. lawndart

    Lohan

    Operability

    Review

    Decision

    Should

    Have

    Another

    eXperiment

  5. elDog Silver badge

    SOFTBALL - Strap One Of These to a balloon

    http://media.bestofmicro.com/I/7/337615/original/phone.jpg

    Iridium 9575 Extreme: First Impression and Specs

    The 9575 is not what kids would imagine a phone to look like today. Its appearance and weight is closer to the mid-90s versions of Nokia or Motorola phones. This particular version is dust- and spill-proof (as it is meant to be used outside with direct view to satellites) and covered in a sturdy rubber padding that prevents damage to the phone when it is dropped.

    It has a monochrome display (no, it’s not a touch screen) that can show basic graphics, but will, 99 percent of the time, be used for text. The display can show up to 200 characters at once. The phone can text via SMS and supports short emails, has a phone book (up to 100 entries), voicemail, and a choice of eight ring and alert tones. Standby time is about 30 hours; talk time is up to 3.5 hours. These are very conservative numbers. I have seen standby times of up to 45 hours during my review of the phone. The entire phone is 140 x 60 x 27 mm in size, which is about as wide as an iPhone, but the 9575 is significantly longer than and three times as deep as Apple’s phone. It’s not the phone that hides itself in your suit pocket. The phone is even larger when you actually call, as it needs a massive satellite antenna that is pulled out of the shell.

  6. I Am Spartacus

    Total Integration Test of System Uninterruptable Power

  7. chebucto

    JUMPER

    How about

    Jet Under Meteorological Paraphernalia Experimental Research

    or just

    Jetting Under Meteorological Paraphernalia El Reg

  8. stringyfloppy

    Secret Multinational Operation Keyed to Eradicate Hillary's Email Memory Powers (SMOKEHEMP)

  9. Knewbie

    FUCKFAA

    Final Use of Complicated Keywords before Flying an Awsome Airplane

  10. JoniPelham

    TITILLATE LOHAN

    TITILLATE LOHAN

    This Is The Incredibly Late & Last Airborne Test & Evaluation of LOHAN

  11. ozfoggy
    WTF?

    How 'bout AFUQ?

    A Few Unanswered Questions

  12. Sly

    NICKERS

    Nicely Integrated Controls Kicking Experimental Radio Signals

  13. MrT

    Rock those blocks!

    HARRIS: High Altitude Reconnaissance Received by Iridium Satellites

    LEADER: Last Effort At Determining Exact Requirements

    http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chock-A-Block

  14. Phuq Witt
    Mushroom

    FART-BREATH

    Final Aerial Reconnaissance Testing Battery, Radio, Electronics And Temperamental Hardware

    [Icon for what hopefully WON'T happen!]

  15. Anomalous Cowturd
    Flame

    FART-PANTS

    Final Assessment of Radios and Telemetry Prior to Awesome Near Terrestrial Spaceflight.

  16. Zbig

    LEFTSHARK

    Largely Enhanced Flight Test: Several Hertz Antenna Range Knockout

  17. deshepherd

    YAWN

    About time we got self-referential about all these names so time for

    Yet Another Witty Name

  18. x 7

    STRUMPET

    Stratospheric / Tropospheric Radio Ultra-Maximum Performance Extreme Test

  19. Zbig

    ACRONYM

    Advanced Cosmic Remote Operation, Not Yet Misogynist

  20. the spectacularly refined chap

    FRIG

    Further Research on Instrumentation Gremlins.

  21. x 7

    HARLOT

    High Altitude Radio Lohann Operational Test

  22. chivo243 Silver badge

    SOHARD?

    Secound

    Outing

    High

    Atmospheric

    Readings

    Distinction?

  23. Zbig

    HAVE-A-BREWSKY

    High Altitude Vehicle Evaluation: A Battery Reliability Estimation Without Stinking Knotty Yoke

  24. Zbig

    LUCY

    LOHAN Unleashed, Communication Yearning

  25. Captain DaFt

    ATTA B-BOY!

    Another Test Taken Aloft, Because Bureaucrats are Ornery Yutzes

  26. Phil W

    LOHAN: COCK TEASE

    Complete Onboard Component Knowledge Testing Endeavour And Survivability Experiment.

  27. gerdesj Silver badge
    Alien

    TRIDGE

    Tiny Radio Installation Diagnostics General Enquiry

    He did donate the device, so it only seems fair.

    Cheers

    Jon

    PS He also gave the world SAMBA 8)

  28. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    HAINES

    High Altitude Initiation of New Energy System.

    1. gerdesj Silver badge

      Re: HAINES

      RLY - trying for teacher's pet status?

      1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge
        Happy

        Re: HAINES

        Gawd no! Just following on from the previous "LESTER" acronym".

  29. Alan Esworthy

    THIGH Test

    Telecoms High-altitude Investigation and General Heuristic Test

  30. willi0000000

    FIDGET

    Final Incredibly Delayed Glorious Endurance Test

  31. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    SELFIE FAIL

    Given recent problems some celebs have had with PhotoShop, how about:

    Stratospheric

    Experimental

    LOHAN

    Flight

    Intended to

    Eliminate

    Fail

    (Prize to be donated to Lord Shax...)

  32. Tromos

    Advancing Space Science - High Altitude Test

  33. Marcus Fil

    CLARKSON

    Continued

    LOHAN

    Altitude

    Research

    for

    Knowledge

    of

    Sub-

    Orbital

    Navigation

    (someone who should have empathy with being cast out into the cold)

  34. Gingerbeard Man

    BRISTOLS

    Battery &

    Radio

    Integration

    Stratospheric

    Test

    Of

    LOHAN

    Systems

  35. derfer

    TANLINE

    Test at Altitude Nominal Limitations Involving Normal Equipment

  36. imanidiot Silver badge

    SEXTAPE

    Serious EXploration of Tropsheric Aerospace Power Equipment

    1. imanidiot Silver badge

      Re: SEXTAPE

      Dang, how did that typo go unnoticed. Should ofcourse be:

      Serious EXploration of Tropospheric Aerospace Power Equipment

  37. dbtx Bronze badge

    Last Incontrovertible Proof Showing Your Nose[cone]'s Clean

  38. fnordianslip

    FUCKED

    Final

    UHF

    Communications

    Kit

    Experimental

    Design

  39. Red Bren

    PHALLUS

    Penultimate

    High

    Altitude

    Long range

    Link

    Usage

    Simulation

    1. x 7

      Re: PHALLUS

      shouldn't that last word be "stimulation"?

  40. Eugene Crosser

    UDDER

    Ultra Distant Discovery & Emergency Radio

  41. RocketGuy

    PENIS

    Penultimate Experiment in Navigational Investigation of the Stratosphere

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  42. Wilfred in Oz.

    STORE

    Stratospheric Test 'Orrible Rocket Experiment

  43. Wilfred in Oz.

    STORE

    Stratospheric Test of 'Orrible Rocket EXperiment

  44. Colin Miller

    FIST(ing)

    Final Integration of Systems Test

  45. Martin Budden Bronze badge

    LUBE

    LOHAN's Ultimate Balloon Experiment

  46. Martin Budden Bronze badge
    Thumb Up

    STARLET

    Stratospherically Testing Airborne Reserves... Last Ever Time!

  47. Conundrum1885 Bronze badge

    FOGLET

    Floating Orbital Globe Laser Enhanced Telemetry

    Just a thought.

    Also I had some ideas for a modification to LOHAN.

    A lot of folks (cough ie most of UK/Europe/etc /cough) have satellite RX units, why not just have a very small low bandwidth 11.2 GHz 200uW TX module in an OCXO?

    Anyone with the correct preset on their Freesat b0xen can then receive LOHAN telemetry as a simple screen as it goes past the FOV and if the signal is too weak they just get nothing.

  48. Caff

    LOFT

    LOhans Final Test

  49. Tempest8008

    UPWEGO

    Ultimate Practical Whole Electronic Gear Ordeal

    FAPFAPFAP

    Final Airborne Procedures For Approval Passing Fuckedup FAA Policies

    PRAT

    Penultimate RockBLOCK Altitude Test

  50. Omgwtfbbqtime Silver badge
    Paris Hilton

    SLUT

    Satellite

    Linkage

    Upload

    Telemetry.

  51. danielpugh

    BUSTY

    Ballistic, Uber, Satellite, Transmits Yells

  52. x 7

    So what / who won?

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      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Seriously

        Only

        Want

        Hear

        Aaah!

        Tell

        Winner

        Hopefully

        On

        Wednesday

        Or

        Now

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Egads, that works a lot better if the A is 'Answer' rather than 'Ahh!'!

  53. BattleBotBob

    REHAB Roadblock / Edge High Altitude Balloon.

    Duh.

  54. BattleBotBob

    REHAB

    RockBLOCK

    Edge

    High

    Altitude

    Balloon

    Obviously you spell your sponsors' names correctly!

    As in "REHAB is a Go For the LOHAN team!" Or "REHAB Gives OK for LOHAN flight."

    And I don't need the RockBLOCK so give it to a deserving team member. But I still want to buy the original Kickstarter LOHAN mug.

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