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Edge Research Lab to tackle chilly LOHAN's final test flight

We're on final approach for the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) ballocket mission to touch down at Spaceport America. Since we're relocating Stateside, it seems appropriate that the final high-altitude test flight should be carried out by our US allies at Edge Research Laboratory. As we reported yesterday, we appear …
Lester Haines, 17 Sep 2014
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Our Vulture 2 rocket spaceplane crammed with MORE POWER

Our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane is in bits for the last time as we make the final modifications before declaring the aircraft fully operational - at least in the hardware department. Our Vulture 2's dismantled avioncs During a recent test, we identified a couple of problems - a dodgy port canard servo and a a lack of …
Lester Haines, 03 Sep 2014
The servo doused in foam as a fireman, doctors and workers gather around our Playmonaut

Plucky Playmonaut bails out of smoking Vulture 2

Our plucky Playmonaut has decided to take a long weekend off after a servo meltdown during a ground avionics test of our Vulture 2 spaceplane prompted a sharpish exit from the vehicle. Here's the scene immediately after the scare, as emergency crews rushed in to cordon off the area, douse the offending kit with foam and gave our …
Lester Haines, 06 Jun 2014

Cracked it - Vulture 2 power podule fires servos for 4 HOURS

It's with a great degree of relief that we can report today we appear to have cracked our Vulture 2 spaceplane's pesky servo power supply issue. As Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) regulars know, we were having a few issues with juice to our Pixhawk autopilot and servos. We originally had the whole rig powered from …
Lester Haines, 16 Sep 2014
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LOHAN in FIGHT to DEATH with brace of cantankerous canards

Our plucky Playmonaut is back in his seat in the Vulture 2 spaceplane following the recent servo meltdown which had prompted his rapid exit from the vehicle. The miniature emergency required a servo swap-out, and while we were about it, we decided to upgrade the linkages to the canards, and bolt the cantankerous forewings to the …
Lester Haines, 20 Jun 2014
SAMLabs Internet of things kit

IoT coding kit targets experimenters who can't code

London startup SAMLabs reckons the Internet of Things is just like LegoTM – and has put together a combo of hardware breadboard and software programming environment to prove it. The Kickstarter-supported project combines designers and engineers from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College, London, working in Microsoft …

Vulture 2 spaceplane brain surgery begins with remote incision

The programming of our Vulture 2 spaceplane's autopilot was going pedal to the metal yesterday as we finally resolved a cantankerous Raspberry Pi issue and got down to some proper Pixhawk wrangling. Linus Penzlien is in Spain to work with APM:Plane lead developer Andrew "Tridge" Tridgell on implementing some custom Low Orbit …
Lester Haines, 13 Aug 2014
Our playmonaut tries out a jetpack, watched by a circling vulture

Vulture 2 takes a battering in 100km/h test run

Watch Video The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is still crunching numbers from last Friday's test run of the Vulture 2 spaceplane, which came at the end of an intensive week of brain surgery on the aircraft's Pixhawk autopilot. Hats off to Linus Penzlien and Andrew Tridgell for crafting and installing the …
Lester Haines, 19 Aug 2014

LOHAN seeks X-Plane bod for simulating relationship

If you're a dab hand with X-Plane's Plane-Maker who just happens to fancy eternal internet glory as part of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission, then today's your lucky day. The current state of play with our Vulture 2 spaceplane is that we've replaced the smoking servo which recently gave our plucky …
Lester Haines, 17 Jun 2014
The Pi in the Sky board mounted atop the Pi in the Vulture 2

Vulture 2 fills beak with Pi in the Sky

It's all go at the front end of our magnificent Vulture 2 , and following the recent taming of the spaceplane's cantankerous canards, we've now mounted a hot-off-the-press Raspberry Pi in the Sky - the dedicated telemetry board for the Raspberry Pi. Fans of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project will know that …
Lester Haines, 04 Jul 2014

Russians turn Raspberry Pi into fully-fledged autopilot

Anyone with an interest in Raspberry Pis and autopilots – in common with the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team – should nip down to Indiegogo to check out the Navio: an impressive-looking autopilot shield for the diminutive fruity computer. The Russian team behind the Navio is already well on the way to raising …
Lester Haines, 04 Jun 2014
The canards bolted to the Vulture 2, with Playmonaut in his seat

Experts suspiciously eye LOHAN's cantankerous canards

As ever, we're grateful for our reader experts' feedback on the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission, and today we have a round-up of your comments on the Vulture 2 spaceplane's cantankerous canards. As we reported last month, the aircraft's forewings have finally been tamed, and here they are attached to the …
Lester Haines, 03 Jul 2014

Vulture 2 autopilot reports for duty

As you can imagine, it's all go here at the Special Projects Bureau's mountaintop headquarters ahead of the imminent arrival of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team. Click here for a bigger version of the LOHAN graphic Blokes in white vans have been bowling up to the door for the past month, their couriers' …
Lester Haines, 09 Sep 2013
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Phoenix coughs £30.25m for Servo

Phoenix IT Group has bought UK small and medium-sized business IT provider Servo Computer Services for £30.25m. The deal is made up of stock, and £28m cash from Phoenix's coffers and bank finance. Servo's revenues for the last financial year were £42.2m, netting a pre-tax profit of £2.8m from its 1,200 customers. The buy is …
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JavaScript guru slots into Mozilla CTO seat left empty by anti-gay marriage ex-boss

Mozilla has named its new chief technology officer – the position previously held by Brendan Eich before his brief spell as Moz CEO ended amid an anti-gay marriage storm. The new CTO is Andreas Gal, a six-year Mozilla veteran who was described by the Firefox factory as an "authority on web technology". Gal's work has ranged from …
Jasper Hamill, 25 Apr 2014

LOHAN enjoys some hot hardware-in-the-loop action

Take one spaceplane autopilot, a German brain surgeon, and throw a virtual Vulture 2 courtesy of a Tennessee X-Plane ace into the mix, and you've got the perfect recipe for some hot Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) action. Screen grab of the first Vulture 2 HIL simulation While we at SPB …
Lester Haines, 11 Sep 2014

CEO of Brit biz Phoenix plans to 'ram-raid' old friend, new enemy Cisco

The boss at Brit services provider Phoenix IT Group wants to "ram raid" former vendor partner Cisco. The UK biz is currently bulking out its portfolio, with Chinese networking firm Huawei Enterprise the latest addition. In the autumnal months last year, Cisco wrote to 1,000 firms across EMEA telling them it was withdrawing …
Paul Kunert, 11 Jul 2014
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Sueball-happy patent biz slaps lawsuits on FOURTEEN tech firms

Seven electronics companies have been caught in the sights of a massive patent infringement lawsuit from Optical Devices, which is currently attempting to get a ban on the import of devices using the allegedly infringing tech from the ITC. These include everything from storage devices and servers to TVs, console gaming systems …
Chris Mellor, 23 Oct 2013
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Samsung teams with Mozilla on next-gen browser engine

The Mozilla Foundations is bringing its experimental, next-generation web browser engine to ARM chips and the Android platform, thanks to a partnership with South Korean mobe-maker Samsung. For the last few years, Mozilla has been working on a new browser engine called Servo, which is being written from the ground up to take …
Neil McAllister, 03 Apr 2013

WHOMP! There it is: IBM demos 154TB tape

IBM and Fujifilm have demoed a 154TB LTO-size tape cartridge which could come to market in 10 years' time. While it falls short of the Sony 185TB development, it should, with IBM's tape partnerships, see Sony exit the field. The Sony development involved a 148Gbit/in2 tape density and its own tape design to achieve a 185TB …
Chris Mellor, 19 May 2014

Brilliant Brit bloke builds breakfast-belching BACON DRONE

In what is described as "a breakthrough moment for humanity", a British bloke has constructed a tricopter designed to remotely deliver a full English breakfast of bacon, egg, sausage, mushroom and tomato ketchup. Joel Veitch's Bacon Drone Joel Veitch's cutting-edge design of "sticks and tape and coat hangars" is controlled by …
Lester Haines, 16 Dec 2013
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Phoenix IT Group fesses up to 'accounting irregularities'

Phoenix IT Group has suspended a business manager amid a probe into accounting irregularities that the firm reckons will result in £14m being wiped from net assets. The listed IT services group revealed in a statement to the London Stock Exchange this morning that it has named PwC and Nabarro LLP to "carry out independent …
Paul Kunert, 03 Sep 2012
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Want a more fuel efficient car? Then redesign it – here's how

Cars are mass-produced consumer products sold to users who mostly know very little about them. They are optimised to make a profit for the manufacturer, so low build cost is paramount for most manufacturers – which automatically excludes many design and engineering ideas that would raise efficiency. John Watkinson has been busy …
John Watkinson, 19 Oct 2014

Vulture 2 spaceplane autopilot brain surgery a total success

We're pleased to report that following four days of intense graft, including some hair-pulling over our Vulture 2 spaceplane's cantankerous Raspberry Pi rig, we've finally got some custom Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) mission parameters loaded into our rocket ship's Pixhawk autopilot. Linus Penzlien flew into Spain …
Lester Haines, 15 Aug 2014
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Phoenix IT Group tumbles off a cliff: £63m in losses

There's trouble at Phoenix IT Group - the services provider has recorded losses of more than £60m, been forced to take a massive hit from accounting errors and is laying off staff. The results of accounting errors are in and the firm has taken a post-tax knock of £17.3m, forcing it to restate multiple year results after finding …
Paul Kunert, 29 Nov 2012
Ther unopened box containing our Vulture 2 spaceplane

Here at last, our 3D beauty: Vulture 2 spaceplane flies in

Cue the traditional portentous drumroll, fanfare of trumpets and roar of the crowd as we announce that yesterday evening, a bloke in a white van rolled up to the door of the SPB's mountaintop headquarters bearing a big box... The unopened box containing our Vulture 2 spaceplane ....containing the components of the Low Orbit …
Lester Haines, 11 Sep 2013
The APM mounted in the Vulture 2

Autopilot guides Texan plane home from a dizzying 30,000m

In some highly encouraging news for The Reg's Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team, a Texan high-flyer recently used the ArduPilot Mega (APM) 2.6 to guide a glider back to base from a heady 30,780m (101,000ft). A still from the onboard camera during the flight of NTNS 4 Larry Grater's North Texas Near Space 4 ( …
Lester Haines, 19 Nov 2013

Crown Representative: SME biz is huge... but I don't have exact figures

The Crown Representative for SMEs is talking big about working with small tech suppliers, but even he can't detail in a transparent way the exact financial benefits of doing so. SME flag-waver Stephen Allott blogged that at the end of October, 20 months since launch, 56 per cent of the £63.46m transacted on CloudStore, a web …
Paul Kunert, 09 Dec 2013

Brit IT firm turnaround man: He's fixed the broken toilet, can he fix the busted biz?

It has been four months since Phoenix IT Group brought in its Mr Fix It, a chief executive tasked with reversing the misfortunes of the stumbling tech services company. Hired in March, Steve Vaughan has spent most of his time re-writing company strategy, but in his spare time got the broken disabled toilet in the Northampton …
Paul Kunert, 18 Jul 2014

Our Vulture 2 spaceplane sprouts sleek pointy beak

The nylon dust has almost settled on the epic design and build saga of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 spaceplane as 3D printer 3T RPD Ltd fires up the machine to craft the last pieces of our revolutionary aircraft. Yes indeed, ladies and gentlemen, the crack design team of Southampton Uni postgrads - …
Lester Haines, 23 Aug 2013

LOHAN cops a faceful of Raspberry Pi

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is methodically working its way through the installation of the Vulture 2 spaceplane's electronic systems, and having got the Pixhawk autopilot up and running, we were able to turn our attention this week to the onboard Raspberry Pi. LOHAN regulars will know that we use a …
Lester Haines, 14 Feb 2014

THE DEATH OF ECONOMICS: Aircraft design vs flat-lining financial models

John Watkinson continues his series of essays for El Reg in which he examines failures in society from banking and education to transport and IT. Here, with a critical eye on our economic plight, he looks at the methods employed by those doing the sums and their consequences. Here we are, several years into the aftermath of the …
John Watkinson, 21 Sep 2014

Vulture 2 spaceplane flies to the 3D printing press

It's a portentous timpani drumroll, a tremendous fanfare of trumpets and a huge roar from the crowd as the first parts of our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) Vulture 2 spaceplane are hewn from the living nylon down at 3D printers 3T RPD Ltd. Click here for a bigger version of the LOHAN graphic Yes indeed, ladies …
Lester Haines, 12 Aug 2013
The inside structure of the rear fuselage

Our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane: Intimate snaps

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) team is gearing up to get our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane airborne, and while we fiddle with servos and autopilots, we thought you might enjoy a few intimate snaps of the world's first 3D-printed, rocket-powered aircraft. Before we get down to to it, it's hats off once again …
Lester Haines, 30 Sep 2013
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Robots? What a bunch of workers...

Robots have taken over my newsagent. Well, it’s more of a general store than a traditional sweet shop, I suppose. Also, the mecha infiltration so far seems limited to the tiny Post Office counter situated between the beyond-sell-by-date tinned produce and the freezer chest full of Captain’s Table gag-fests. Yet it’s from such …
Alistair Dabbs, 24 Jan 2014
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Chief leaves Brit IT giant Phoenix after just 15 months

Phoenix IT Group chief exec Dave Courtley has quit the firm after less than 15 months in the role, the LSE-listed IT services company confirmed this morning. The former Fujitsu Services bigwig rocked up at Northampton-based Phoenix in July 2011 replacing long-serving boss Nick Robinson, who stepped down after 18 years at the …
Paul Kunert, 04 Oct 2012

Phoenix IT group's profits turn to smoking pile of ashes

Managers at the beleaguered Phoenix IT group haven't had much luck in fiscal '13, with personnel changes, accounting woes and the flatlining economy all weighing heavily on them. The meagre fruits of their labour were laid bare yesterday. Phoenix made an underlying profit from operations of £19m in the twelve months to 31 March …
Paul Kunert, 04 Jun 2013
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Register reader Ray revs radio-controlled Raspberry Pi race rover

As geeks worldwide continue to come up with inventive ways to deploy the hit Brit minikit Raspberry Pi, and the publication of a 101 uses for a...* guide is surely just a matter of time, Reg reader Ray Brooks has been in touch to show off his prototype carbot powered by the diminutive ARM-compatible computer. Ray is a JavaScript …
Lester Haines, 13 Feb 2013
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Last day on the job for Phoenix IT Group boss

Phoenix IT Group's long-serving chief exec Nick Robinson is hanging up his boots today after attending his last Annual General Meeting in the role. The services provider and reseller is handing captaincy of the ship over to industry veteran Dave Courtley at the beginning of next week. Courtley will need to draw upon his …
Paul Kunert, 28 Jul 2011

Reg reader crafts 3-axis GoPro 'Stubilizer' for skull-mounted cameras

As our title suggests, we at the Special Projects Bureau like a nice project, so we're pleased to share with you today reader Stuart Smith's ambitious 3-axis stabiliser for the GoPro HERO3 - dubiously dubbed the "Stubilizer". A 3D rendering of the Stubilizer The Stubilizer in 3D rendered glory Stuart's an IT consultant …
Lester Haines, 29 Jan 2014
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The DIY spy-in-the-sky: From kites to octocopters

Last week, we offered a brief history of aerial surveillance, with a promise to give a few pointers to the budding DIY spy-in-the-sky. Interest in airborne photography has skyrocketed in the past few years, driven by the availability of lightweight cameras packing plenty of pixels at bargain basement prices. Such kit allows …
Lester Haines, 08 Mar 2013
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Markets whack Phoenix shares

Phoenix IT Group shares took a dive this morning after the company told markets this morning that business was on track, but it still has some worries about public sector cutbacks. Sales and profits from the end of last year, from 1 October, were in line with expectations. The Servo business it bought in 2006 had a decent third …
John Oates, 14 Feb 2011
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Phoenix restructure sends profits down in flames

Phoenix IT Group saw its wings decisively clipped over the last year, as a wide-ranging restructure battered profits and helped knock sales off-course in an already tough market. The services group insisted it was confident it will see revenue growth over the current year, but remained “cautious” about its likely performance in …
Joe Fay, 28 May 2012
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Phoenix IT sales up but op profit down

Rising demand for outsourced services boosted Phoenix IT Group's top line growth in fiscal 2011 but the cost of funding the firm's continued shift to the cloud saw operating profits dip. According to prelims, revenues climbed 10.5 per cent to £271.6m, operating profit fell by £500,000 or 1.6 per cent to £29.6m and pre-tax profit …
Paul Kunert, 07 Jun 2011
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London Underground hands £10m to Capgemini

Capgemini has won a £10.5m contract with Tube Lines – the engineering company behind London Underground. The three-year contract extension runs until December 2013 and lengthens a deal first completed in 2005. Capgemini gets responsibility for application support for the first time and continues to provide desktop support (for …
John Oates, 09 Feb 2011

Why James Bond's Aston Martin Top Trumps the rest

What car should James Bond really drive? It's a hotly disputed question. Our man on film is closely associated with the Aston Martin, the DB5 initially and DBS V12 of late. Clearly the producers of recent Bond outings hope to identify their character with the spirit of an earlier time regarded as iconic and special. And they …
John Oates, 19 Oct 2012
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Phoenix on track for decent year

Phoenix IT Group has grown revenues by 13.4 per cent in the first six months of the year, up to £138.4m from £122m last year. For the period ended 30 September 2010 Phoenix said underlying profit before tax was up two per cent to £15.1m but group underlying operating profit was down very slightly - from £17.4m to £17.3m. The …
John Oates, 29 Nov 2010
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BOFH: Axe handles - occasionally quite slippery

12:34:56am. Company Stores Wakeup trigger. . . 9 ... 8 ... 7 ... 6 ... 5 ... 4 ... 3 ... SELFTEST: OK 2 ... 1 Peripheral test ... USB Boot Media ... OK Panel ... OK Cameras ... Std:OK,Infra:OK,UV:OK 3D Directional Mic OK Hi Speed Steppers 1:OK,2:OK,3:OK,4:OK SERVOS 1:OK,2:OK,3:OK,4:OK Battery OK, level 67% Servo Saw OK …
Simon Travaglia, 22 Jul 2011

Why data storage technology is pretty much PERFECT

Reliable data storage is central to IT and therefore to modern life. We take it for granted, but what lies beneath? Digital video guru and IT author John Watkinson gets into the details of how it works together and serves us today, as well as what might happen in the future. Brain cells at the ready? This is gonna hurt. Digital …
John Watkinson, 18 Jul 2013
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UK.gov awards managed services deal to lucky dozen

Buying Solutions has announced that it has awarded a two-year IT managed services framework agreement to 12 suppliers. The government procurement agency said the contract, which includes the management of servers, PCs and laptops, is now live at public sector and associated organisations. "This framework agreement caters for …
Kable, 16 Aug 2010