back to article It's official: LOHAN's arboreal avoidance algorithm is PANTS

It's official: Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) arboreal avoidance algorithm will henceforth be known as PANTS (Pixhawk Avoidance of Nearby Tree System). A round of applause and some mission stickers for Sir Sham Cad, who topped our poll to determine a suitable acronym for the sensational APM parameter …

  1. ukgnome

    I'm glad that LOHAN has PANTS

    Beers all round

    1. NumptyScrub

      Re: I'm glad that LOHAN has PANTS

      Now we just need to make sure they stay up for the whole flight ^^;

      1. Anonymous Custard Silver badge

        Re: I'm glad that LOHAN has PANTS

        Anything else would be just to Britney for words...

      2. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

        Re: I'm glad that LOHAN has PANTS

        Now we just need to make sure they stay up for the whole flight

        You mean it needs Ballocket Rubber Arse-Covering Extendible Straps ?

        1. Adam Foxton

          Re: I'm glad that LOHAN has PANTS

          To make sure it could also do with a round of Bureau Electronic Longevity Tests.

  2. Trollslayer

    The whole thing

    is gloriously, wonderfully daft!

    It makes life worth living!

    1. paulc

      Re: The whole thing

      we'll be lucky if it clears the truss with all the extra mass that's been added to the innards...

      1. Elmer Phud

        Re: The whole thing

        Yup, all them extra battery holders . . .

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

          Re: Re: The whole thing

          Oh do stop moaning. The extra batteries are 120g, and the weight is within the original design parameters by a margin. In fact, I'll tell you: It's 3050g, excluding the Cesaroni reload.

          We've done the calcs, and the aircraft will exit the rod like the proverbial muck off a shovel. I thank you.

          1. SW10
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            Re: The whole thing

            Why, thank *you* Lester

            That's a weight off my mind.

  3. Sir Sham Cad


    My gasts are well and truly flabbered!

    I was going to offer NumptyScrub some of my stickers if I won for the generous offer but Lester's played another blinder.

    Thanks for all who voted and beers and cheers to the other brilliant entries!

    1. NumptyScrub

      Re: Blimey!

      Standing upon the shoulders of giants, and all that :D

  4. AstroNutter

    LOHAN's PANTS worth 3K Already?

    Was it just me but did the kickstarter funding jump by 3K on this announcement?

    I will make a point to raise my engraved glass to LOHAN's PANTS when it arrives.

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

      Re: LOHAN's PANTS worth 3K Already?

      I think PANTS has proved vital in the tin-rattling. Beers all round indeed. Cheers.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Serious Stuff!

    PANTS could be used on another planet sometime in the future:)

    1. Martin Budden

      Re: Serious Stuff!

      There are many many places where PANTS could, and should, be used. Stepping out of a limo springs to mind.

  6. Will Godfrey Silver badge

    I've just had a thought

    ... it desn't happen too often these days.

    Has the gender or LOHAN been establised?

    The reason I ask is that if male, then PANTS are undergarments and maybe a wee bit rude for ths Fine Family Friendly Forum (hmmm, 16 bit) whereas if female then the undergarments would be panties and we'd be OK.

    This seems to be a most important issue that should probably elicit a substansive response.

    1. Alister

      Re: I've just had a thought

      Don't forget the varience introduced by which side of the big pond you live. I have heard that on one side, PANTS refers to outer garments :O

      1. Eddy Ito

        Re: I've just had a thought

        Exactly, on this side-o-d-water pants are trousers and include the heavy duty canvas/denim variety for brashly busting brush so it's an apt name. Male undergarments here are briefs or boxers unless you've got a thang for thongs. For those going commando I recommend button fly over a zipper for obvious reasons.

    2. Martin Budden

      Re: I've just had a thought

      And if you are going Down Under, pants are all over ;-)

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