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Hold on to your hats: LOHAN'S PRATCHETT mission launch imminent

Edge Research Lab poised in Colorado for avionics test flight

Our US allies at Edge Research Laboratory are as we speak on the ground at Colorado Springs East Airport preparing for the imminent launch of the Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator (LOHAN) PRATCHETT mission.

Lift-off is scheduled for around 13:30 Mountain Daylight Time (19:30 GMT), and all being well, you should be able to follow the balloon and payload as they soar stratowards on Edge's live map right here.

Edge will also bring you Twitter updates here.

For details on the mission – which is a final test of our Vulture 2 spaceplane's avionics rig, direct yourself here.

Once the PRATCHETT has landed and the dust has settled, we'll offer a full report on this latest piece of spaceplane tomfoolery, including an analysis of the critical flight data. Keep watching the skies ... ®

The Low Orbit Helium Assisted Navigator, sponsored by ...

  • EXASOL logo
  • Pulse_Eight
  • SecQuest logo
  • Lucidica logo
  • NXT logo

... and with the invaluable support of ...

  • Edge Research Laboratory logo
  • Space Graphic Solutions logo
  • 3D Robotics logo
  • 3T RPD logo
  • University of Southampton logo
  • Applied Vacuum Engineering logo
  • Escher Technologies
  • Flashpoint Fireworks logo
  • HAB Supplies logo
  • Rock 7 logo
  • Random Engineering logo

More from the lovely LOHAN:

  • You can find full LOHAN coverage right here.
  • If you're new to LOHAN, seek out our mission summary for enlightenment.
  • There are photos our our magnificent Vulture 2 spaceplane here, and detailed structural plans here.
  • For your further viewing pleasure, we have all our photographic material stored on Flickr.
  • Our LOHAN and Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) videos live on YouTube.
  • We sometimes indulge in light consensual tweeting, as you can see here.

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