At 2pm this afternoon, the El Reg Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) programme take to the air for the first time, for a live test of the Vulture 1 GPS unit. At the helm for this test run is PARIS radio man Steve Daniels (callsign G6UIM), who's put together the lightweight air-to-ground comms package, details of which …
2pm - GMT?
I'm guessing GMT and not BST
Are you strapping it to a carrier pigeon? Dropping it into an Icelandic volcano?
"Just how we're getting the GPS unit airborne we're not saying"
You threw it out of the window, didn't you?
is it working?
...if so my guess is that it was attached to a football which the kids have booted over the fence, pretty good boot mind, its gone next door but one.
If that's the launch method...
I suggest you get this bloke on the team....
(Skip the first 30 seconds, boring). However, he'd get it up there for you...
it should quickly become evident what's going on...
Yes its called a cockup! did someone leave home without the right bits of kit?
rocket ship vulture LZ 127
clearly the carrier on the top of the http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8EVGGA26HY needs some work as the transmitter fell off before it got to the end of the track, when are you going to test drive the http://www.ahomls.com/kennyp/vulture.JPG carrying the plane BTW ?
2pm - more like 10 to 3 and UTC at that
Looks like it's been lobbed on a roof next to the car park
2010-06-02 14:51:25 UTC: PARIS-6>APBL10,qAS,G6UIM-12:!5043.87N/00324.92W^232/000/A=000164-
Hasn't moved for 20 mins, maybe it's in the queue at the check-in desk.
This seems as dodgy as the Moon landings. Pics, or it didn't happen.
Well as said above the test was a success, the GPS to laptop worked as expected. so the Radio link works. Sadly the broadband let us down.
It was after all a test, to find any possible problems.
Lesters flying was fine, although it would have been good to land on the runway, rather than the M5.
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