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What is a hackspace?

Well here’s a great mini documentary about what our Hackspace is about.

Many thanks to No Magnolia who produced this amazing video :)

Documentary series exploring interesting places and communities within the town of Reading…

rLab is a peer run community workshop open for anyone to learn new skills, work on projects and make things.


A No Magnolia Film
Directed & Edited by Tom Greenidge
Produced by Nick Hill

Reading: Between the Lines – Hackspace from No Magnolia Productions on Vimeo.

DIY: Words, Sound & Power Trailer from No Magnolia Productions on Vimeo.

Realtime Superman Pictures!

You can view some real time images from superman here being transmitted at you can also follow live tweets on from Matt at @RDGHack




We wanted to let a few peps at dirtyboards (our China Hack Camp people) who made the battery boards, SeeedStudio who did the trackers and the PCB in the body of Superman was done by PCBTrain! Thanks :)


Todays awesome Superman Launch To Space

superman in space

Following on from our hugely successful rLab telmetry course we are pleased to announce that today is the launch of Superman into space. Originally devised by RS DesignSpark (<-great background on the DesignSpark blog about the project) and Mattell, Richard Ibboston of rLab has developed some tracking boards to track both the capsule and Superman himself as they reach for the stars. David Price helped with the boards and software, with Alex Gibson designing and printing parts for the capsule. The capsule itself was designed and built by Jude Pullen.

You can track his progress by watching Kalel, Lois, OLSEN, LEX and CLARK.

Good luck to all involved! 




Preparing for launch

Had to fix superman – he’s transmitting GSP coords now and being fitted in capsule.

The ground video available on

From the launch site:

From the chase car:

Superman is being sent to space with electronic boards designed at rLab and that’s what you’ll be able to see a live feed from using the details below.


If you want to track the progress you can use


the latter has a Superman logo for the Kalel payload which is transmitting on 434.420MHZ



Welding course

This weekend we had a great intro into welding with Ian. We had a great one on one mini intro to safety, types of welding, concepts and some hands on fun! Now time to practice, practice!!





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