back to article New development in 'stadium-sized' FLYING SAUCER orb invasion

NASA has clarified the exact size of the mighty helium balloon that will later today lift its Low Density Supersonic Decelerator (LDSD) over the Pacific Ocean. As we reported yesterday, the agency vaguely described the whopping 963,000 cubic metre orb as so big you could "fit a professional football stadium inside it". The …


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  1. Longrod_von_Hugendong

    Hope it all...

    goes well for them, and nothing nasty happens.

    Must ask the question as well, could the long nozzle motor be retro-fitted to LOHAN? Should get things moving :D

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

      Re: Hope it all...

      Might prove a tad too powerful for our Vulture 2, not to mention the plucky Playmonaut.

      1. DropBear

        Re: Hope it all...

        Well how else do you plan to land Vulture 3 on the Moon...?

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

          Re: Re: Hope it all...

          Well, yes, a very fair point.

          1. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

            Re: Hope it all...


            Are you suffereing from 'rocket-envy'? Or even 'balloon-envy', given that you could launch something truly huge with one of those.

            I've been trying my best to come up with a backronym for stratospheric hypersonic inflatable braking apparatus which relates to Bulgarian airbags in some way, but my brain has failed me. Such that I feel a complete tit...

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

              Re: Re: Hope it all...

              The condition you refer to is "orb envy", but I've got enough on the go at the moment to be worried about the size of other people's globes.

              Given enough wonga, anything can be got in the air. I refer you to Baumgartner.

              1. Pirate Dave Silver badge

                Re: Hope it all...

                "orb envy" ? What's the Navajo word for that?

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

                  Re: Re: Hope it all...

                  Well, in Arapaho we could say "Niinoxoxhun, heebe3kokoh'owoo" = "I envy you, big ball"

          2. BlueGreen

            Re: Hope it all...

            Actually, maybe not *land* on the moon... perhaps something better.

            What I'd kill to see is a very, very low slingshot round the moon, just scraping the peaks, all on camera. A slow drop towards the edges of the moon, picking up speed slowly then increasing (apparent) acceleration until it's a blur below you for a few minutes, then a slowing and drifting away from the ground until you're dropping away from the moon again.

            *That* would be cool. So, howsabout this time next year?

            (failing that, a virtual ride would be a good substitute and maybe a bit more doable)

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Jupiter 2

    Anyone remember Lost in Space and its splendid ship the Jupiter 2? Looks a lot like that, though I seem to think it was deuterium fuelled. Let's hope Dr Smith isn't on board

    1. Julz Silver badge

      Re: Jupiter 2

      Me thinks more like 2010 Odyssey Two aero breaking

  3. 's water music

    Does anyone a phone number for NASA?


  4. imanidiot Silver badge

    flight cancelled

    Cancelled for today due to weather unfortunately.

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

      Re: flight cancelled

      Yup, and just when me and the Playmonaut have a few beers on chill in readiness.

      1. Anomalous Cowturd

        Re: flight cancelled

        Just out of interest, have the told the playmonaut (Colin?) about his brother's untimely watery demise.

        Perhaps it's better if he doesn't know...

        1. Kharkov

          Re: flight cancelled

          Now, now, let's not be cruel. His brother ISN'T dead, no, not at all.

          He's just living on the playmonaut farm, where he can run and play and ride rockets to his heart's content. Shame that Colin can't visit of course, but maybe he can join him there, one day. One day...

          Always be kind to your playmonauts, folks.

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