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The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team has bounced back from the recent loss of our heroic playmonaut and the Special Project Electronic Altitude Release System (SPEARS) control board, and is busy advancing our audacious spaceplane project on various fronts. Click here for a bigger version of the LOHAN graphic …


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  1. Jad

    To our (deceased) intrepid playmonaut!

    May this ship fly in your honour!

    1. TractorBoy

      Re: To our (deceased) intrepid playmonaut!

      Surely until the remains of our intrepid hero are recovered and positively identified there is always hope. There's enough flotsom and jetsom in the Channel for him to seek refuge and return to shore ready for his next adventure.

      beer? well of course the returning hero won't have to buy his own.

  2. Huntsman

    To Our Playmonaut:

    Life, for ever dying to be born afresh, for ever young and eager, will presently stand upon this Earth as upon a footstool, and stretch out its realm amidst the stars.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: To Our Playmonaut:

      Could someone with a 3D printer possibly clone the intrepid Playmonaut?

      It'd be like Jurassic Park - only in space - and without dinosaurs. But otherwise exactly the same.

      1. Martin Budden Silver badge

        Re: To Our Playmonaut:

        And the acting won't be wooden.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Big Brother

    Any naval types around?

    "the GoPro HD HERO2 camera is now lying at full fathom five beneath the English Channel, recovering the SD card could prove a tad challenging"

    Do we have last known coordinates?

    1. Anonymous John

      Re: Any naval types around?

      Er, it's a Shakespearian quote from The Tempest.

      "Full fathom five thy father lies;

      Of his bones are coral made;"

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    "preferably in the centre of some enormous landmass where there is no chance of an unexpected close encounter with the sea."

    I believe Woomera is the traditional location for loony British space experiments. Not much chance of finding water there.

  5. Annihilator


    "The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team"

    *cough* hydrogen now *cough*

  6. Alister

    Now that you've carefully calculated every last bit of mass, can I suggest you add in a flotation device and a sachet of yellow dye...

  7. Anonymous Coward

    GO LOHAN!!

    Can't wait to see the results of this.

  8. Vladimir Plouzhnikov

    Sorry, must have slipped my attention

    But do you mean you *have* located the drowned rig and it's 5 fathoms deep?

    If that's so then at less than 10m it should not be a problem to recover the equipment even without a SCUBA (a wetsuit or even dry suit would help, as it's not exactly Caribbean seas at the peak of the season)?

  9. lawndart

    Too late for the original thread, but:

    Major Tom the Playmonaut, near a fortnight gone,

    Forgot the cry of gulls and the deep sky well,

    And the featherweight truss.

    A current under the sea stroked his helmet in whispers, as he rose and fell,

    He passed the stages of his construction and youth, entering the Channel.

    Commentard or troll,

    Oh you who hold the joystick and soar to windward,

    Consider the Playmonaut, who was once heroic and intrepid as you.

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