Feeds

El Reg cuts ribbon on new Special Projects Bureau

Black ops garden-shed boffinry to follow PARIS spaceplane

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

We're delighted to inform our beloved readers that as of today, El Reg has a dedicated Special Projects Bureau, which will henceforth be Vulture Central's nerve centre of black ops and garden-shed boffinry.

The Vulture 1 soars heavenwards under the helium balloonThe resounding success of our our audacious Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) project (see pic) convinced us there was plenty more mileage to be had from scientific tomfoolery, or indeed matters which require more serious staring into an oscilloscope while puffing on a pipe.

So, you'll be asking yourselves, what exactly will the SPB - as it's known to its chums - be doing for the advancement of humanity towards a better, brighter future?

Well, first up, there's the question of maintaining the UK's space programme in the form of LOHAN - the sequel to PARIS. Naturally, we're mulling once again pushing the envelope of space paper technology, but are keeping an open mind on just what form the LOHAN beast should take, and what its mission objectives should be.

We're sure you lot have an opinion on the matter, so why not give us your thoughts?

Our second aim is to present astounding reader projects to an amazed planet. We'll shortly be inviting submissions for what has provisionally been dubbed the "Reg Grand Challenge", where private individuals and companies, universities and schools will have the chance to pitch their groundbreaking experimentation for the scrutiny of the Register readership and further SPB investigation.

John Oates and Lester Haines with the Vulture 1Thirdly, the SPB's crack team (seen left at the Vulture 1 recovery site) will be getting their own hands dirty with a selection of experiments conducted in our Iberian fab bunker.

The first of these will be, as promised, the construction and consumption of the Middlesbrough parmo - the nutritious snack we'll be pitching against other international delicacies in the ultimate post-pub nosh deathmatch. Watch this space.

There you have it. If you've got any suggestions as to other stuff the SPB should be reporting, investigating, or running away from at high speed, drop me a line here. Your input will be warmly welcomed. ®

Previously from the SPB...

  • Our dedicated PARIS section, with all previous updates, is right here.
  • You can find our release, pursuit and recovery photos here...
  • ...and our onboard camera photo album here.
  • Our PARIS Flickr page, for your viewing pleasure.
  • Check out our lovely YouTube channel.

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run
Helium seeps from Falcon 9 first stage, delays new legs for NASA robonaut
Solar-powered aircraft unveiled for round-the-world flight
It's going to be a slow and sleepy flight for the pilots
Russian deputy PM: 'We are coming to the Moon FOREVER'
Plans to annex Earth's satellite with permanent base by 2030
LOHAN's Punch and Judy show relaunches Thursday
Weather looking good for second pop at test flights
New FEMTO-MOON sighted BIRTHING from Saturn's RING
Icy 'Peggy' looks to be leaving the outer rings
KILLER SPONGES menacing California coastline
Surfers are safe, crustaceans less so
Discovery time for 200m WONDER MATERIALS shaved from 4 MILLENNIA... to 4 years
Alloy, Alloy: Boffins in speed-classification breakthrough
Curiosity finds not-very-Australian-shaped rock on Mars
File under 'messianic pastries' and move on, people
Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully
Clandestine NRO spacecraft sets off on its unknown mission
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.