Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/09/18/payload_competition/

El Reg to launch space payload

Yes, but what, exactly?

By Lester Haines

Posted in Science, 18th September 2006 11:18 GMT

Competition Our report today into the successful test of a Cambridge University "Spaceflight" project experimental electronics package - which was carried by helium balloon to a heady 32.2km (105,600ft) - contains the provocative idea that El Reg might like to contribute something to a future payload.

The offer was made by project founder Carl Morland, who left open the question as to what this "something" might be. Accordingly, we've decided to throw this one over to you lot.

There's no prize in this particular competition, other than the sheer kudos of contributing to the advancement of civilisation. You should bear in mind that weight is the big issue here, so we're not going to be sending up a space-based laser weapon, tempting as it might be. Neither are we going to respond to emails reading "Do us all a favour and send [insert name of least favourite Reg hack] into oblivion..."

Other than that, we're open to your suggestions. Email them me direct (lester.haines@theregister.co.uk) and we'll publish a round-up of the best in a couple of weeks and offer all readers the chance to vote for the overall winner in an online poll. Simple as that. ®