As an American...
...I'm glad to see you remembered the cupholder!
Following the recent successful fitting and testing of our Vulture 2 spaceplane's Raspberry Pi and Picam rig, the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is relieved to announce that we've wrapped the permanent installation of the rest of the aircraft's avionics. What's more, our heroic Playmonaut now has the proper …
a test glide to check the trim might be prudent, local RC flying clubs are a good place to go and get help from, the gliders use powered planes to get them going :-)
and while I'm at it, the best way to suck an egg is to make sure you don't get one too big, and to thoroughtly wash the chicken poo from it first :-p I'm sure you've thought of all this stuff already.. nice work on the assembly :-)
Good work on all that.
With all the gizmo gear in LOHAN, eh, how much effect do you guys expect the rocket engine to have? My original take on LOHAN (back when you started) was that it would be small and light like PARIS, so a rocket engine would really make it go, err, like a rocket. But with all the weight you guys are adding, is it going to do much more than clear the fantastical flying truss?
(I'm not a rocket guy, so I'm talking out my arse here...)
All potentially-vulnerable connectors will be epoxied. Look carefully at the Futaba S.BUS out cable here: http://regmedia.co.uk/2014/03/01/pixhawk_mount_01_big.jpg
It's got a smidge of space-grade adhesive on the right holding it in place. We're not going to take any chances with stuff working loose.
Ah I remember when I was a kid and we built one of these thingy's. It was powered by good old British engineering at it's peak.
We had blister steel for the wing ribs as worked over by blokes with 18lb sledge hammers, a donk built by the redoubtable Mr. Watt at his Soho Works. The GPS doover lackey was I have to admin not quite up to the spec you have here, a piece of lodestone on a string. We did have a bar, several in fact, one for the Pilot and one for the lower order. And hot water for tea was available on tap from the boiler provided by Messers Babcock and Wilcox. Said boiler was a chain fed Sargasso fired arrangement with rather lovely glass and brass sight glasses and a spot for hanging rubber bands and number eight fencing wire.
As cautioned by others above, we had some problems with details like yaw and pitch, rock and roll and the fact that the wings were clad in cast iron panels but other than that it was a fine machine.
During the flight we filmed some bloke heading off the moon in an orange space ship, piloted by of all things a dog with a hand (paw) book on Electronics for Dogs.
Landing was a piece of cake, we aimed at the Earth and we hit it. You can still view our landing place in Arizona http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meteor_Crater (of course the media got hold of it and said it was a meteor, didn't want to frighten the horses.)
Great job LOHANeers, keep up the good work.