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Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) electronics team are rubbing their hands in anticipation of the imminent arrival of our spaceplane mission's PCB - a sexy black number lovingly crafted in the distant land of China. Click here for a bigger version of the LOHAN graphic Anthony Stirk and Neil Barnes have put in …

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  1. balloonatic
    Thumb Up

    This is very good stuff. Nice PCBs!

  2. AndrueC Silver badge
    Joke

    "Wonder Bra" - because it lifts and separates?

    1. Mike Richards Silver badge

      Oh that is awesome

      But I think it was Playtex that used that slogan. In which case:

      PLAYmonaut

      Transport

      EXtractor

  3. Vortex
    Boffin

    Electronic Rocket Engine Control Trigger. ERECT

  4. Ru
    Flame

    "Either the fuse blows, the circuit board tracks melt, or any weak links in the wiring break"

    Presumably you're not expecting the whole ensemble to catch fire, with all of the entertainment that entails with nearby unfired rockets?

  5. Aleph0
    Devil

    Well, since the PCB is black I'd suggest Nominal Altitude Orbital Motor Igniter.

    I cannot shake the thought that such a backronym is best reserved for a future major project, though...

  6. TRT Silver badge

    TODGER

    Trans-Orbital Detection, Gps and Electronic Release

  7. Mike Richards Silver badge

    TART

    Trans Atmospheric Remote Trigger

  8. Mako

    Ballocket

    Activating

    Launch

    Director,

    Tracking

    With

    Aerospace

    Technology

  9. Neil Barnes Silver badge

    GOLLUM

    GPS

    Operated

    Lohan

    Lifter

    Undoing

    Machine

  10. Rilux
    Mushroom

    BRITNEY

    Ballocket Redundant Ignition Timer Netting an Explosive Yield.

    1. Pirate Dave Silver badge
      Pirate

      Re: BRITNEY

      I got Balloon Rocket Ignition Timer - New Electronic Yardstick, since, er, the PCB is custom made for LOHAN, and hence a new yardstick for ballocket electronics. Maybe. But I like that you worked "redundant" in. Good work there.

  11. Steven Holmquist
    Pint

    Herbie

    High

    Earth

    Rocket

    Balloon

    Ignition

    Equipment

  12. Poor Coco
    Paris Hilton

    TITTER

    Thermal Ignition Through These Electronic Relays.

  13. C. P. Cosgrove
    Happy

    Black Beauty >?

    Sorry, but if it's a Black Beauty there can only be one name - Bess

    Chris Cosgrove

  14. VeganVegan
    Go

    The weakest link

    The project is going great!

    It seems that the weakest link now is the balloon itself: will it be able to make it to the desired altitude? Or will it suffer premature deflation?

    Should we start a collection to help make the balloon much more reliable?

    1. Mako

      Re: The weakest link

      I for one am quite surprised they haven't secured sponsorship from Durex already.

  15. Buster

    HAAL

    High Altitude Automated Launcher - HAAL which is one letter away from HAL that is in turn one letter away from IBM. You only have to add a voice chip.

    This could of course be recycled into an low orbital ham sandwich dropping system designed to test if the said sandwich would be satisfactorily toasted on reentry. In this case HAAL = High Altitude Automated Lunch.

  16. Phil E Succour

    SCARY SPICE

    Soldered Components and Relays Yielding Special Project's Ignition Control Electronics

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