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Pixhawk Zener diode - a stiff brandy and assistance required

Started this discussion. Last reply by Lester Haines Jun 1, 2014. 2 Replies

A quick call for assistance regarding connecting a Zener diode to condition power on the Pixhawk servo rail.…Continue


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Head of Special Projects Bureau at The Register
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Currently working on the Pixhawk-controlled Vulture 2 spaceplane, as part of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project (http://reg.cx/1Uyg).

Plenty of photos on our Flickr page: http://www.flickr.com/photos/registerparis/
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LOHAN team with the Vulture 2. From left: Dave Akerman, Rob Eastwood, Paul Shackleton and Claire Edwards

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PRATCHETT soars to 31,000m for Pixhawk test flight

Posted on June 17, 2015 at 3:20am 8 Comments

Our Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project is in good shape following last Saturday's PRATCHETT avionics test flight, named in honour of the late Discworld author Sir Terry.

Our US…


PRATCHETT stratospheric spaceplane test mission live tomorrow

Posted on June 12, 2015 at 2:43am 23 Comments

The final Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) test flight -  codenamed PRATCHETT - will take off tomorrow (Saturday) from Colorado Springs East Airport at 13:30 local time (19:30 GMT).

The mission - designed to test our Vulture 2…


Final LOHAN spaceplane test mission codenamed PRATCHETT

Posted on May 26, 2015 at 1:39am 2 Comments

We're gearing up for the final avionics test flight of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) project, and have dubbed the mission PRATCHETT ("Planes Reactive Airborne Tests Checking Heuristically for Extreme Technological Tantrums") in honour of the late Discworld author Sir Terry.



LOHAN high-altitude test flight in Exmaps

Posted on March 10, 2015 at 9:06am 2 Comments

We're obliged to the chaps down at Exmaps for sticking the data from a Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) test flight into their "Drone Flight Logbook". The virtual two-hour High Altitude Ballooning (HAB) mission makes for entertaining…


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