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 – comprising David Cooper, Chris Dodd and Amrith Surendra – has delivered the final CAD drawings for the vehicle’s nose and canards, and here they are for your viewing pleasure:
Magnificent. The nose’s removable top section allows access to the aircraft’s avionics, which will be lashed to the perforated tray in the bottom section.
Once assembled, the nose attaches to the fuselage with a cunning bayonet mount system, better seen here: