So, PARIS has disappeared from the public eye?
One could only wish that Paris would do likewise.
The Register's Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team have been left baffled following reports from our Spanish ground pursuit unit, which has now reached the site at which the main PARIS supra-atmospheric balloon launch podule plunged to Earth earlier today. It appears that the balloon module performed precisely as …
One could only wish that Paris would do likewise.
That poor little plastic guy. *sniff*
We can't lose the first ever playmonaut to have taken to the skies!
Crossing em for you, brave plastic wee man
He'll be in the cantina by now, supping with the senoritas waiting to be rescued (eventually).
Ever seen This Island Earth?
Woohoo! Congratulations to all involved at a successful flight! Now ya just gotta find the bugger....
Bit of a trek from the ground car.
If not, what is that?
...the signal from yesterday.
Vulture II ...
Separation was successful, which was my major worry from the word go, but the electronics to go TU was not on my list.
Looking forward to the pictures from the launch platform.
Well done chaps, and here's to Vulture 2. My God bless her, and all who plummet in her!
So any news on the battery life of the beacon? whats the deadline for finding a signal and triangulating a location? is it a tonight or tomorrow job?
God speed the recovery of Vulture_1
that was no glider, it was a riojet
Latest Tweet - "Radio Steve can hear the plane, but can't get a track, we must be close but only have a few hours of battery left "
Fingers crossed they can recover the intrepid pilot and his kite before the battery fades.
Megaphone so the pilot can tell us where he is.
Was there no signal from Paris on her way up? Or was it supposed to turn on after release?
I'm not seeing anything since yesterday on that map site, I hope it's not that somebody forgot to switch it on before takeoff!
Can we start searching Google Maps? Maybe get the masses involved through Mechanical Turk, a la the Fossett search?
good idea - do you want to foot the bill for getting them to fly an o-demand photographic mission and updating the imagery on the google maps/earth server this afternoon?
I'm thinking of an insurance claim form where someone hit a tree claiming they were swerving to avoid a paper aeroplane.
Looks like he wandered around the hills a bit yesterday and then went off line. Was this his bid to escape the Capricorn1 style hoax environment or a last walk on the good earth before he slipped it's surly bonds forever?
In War There Are Some Lines You Should Never Cross.
Prepare to cross the line.
Mission: to evade and survive
His only weapon is his will to survive.
I'll wait for the dvd.
I salute the missing pilot and raise a glass to him!
Also, congrats and whatnot to the designers. I'm so glad that a) the plane detached as planned and b) didn't fall vertically, but actually seems to have zoomed off somewhere.
Have you checked it's not defected to Russia in a reverse Firefox type gambit?
..... clutching a paper straw to my chest and holding a tear in my eye
Maybe one day, some years from now, it will appear on ebay or on facebook, after being recovered by someone.
Next time, use TWO tracking units, one APRS and one GSM.
Heres hoping that backtracking the balloons route will provide a trace from the beacon.. I'd start by heading on over to Piedralaves and then work back along the track....
viewing PARIS as it is gobbled up by his LOHAN (Lightweight Outer Homospheric Aircraft Nobbler) fill my mind
Hey, chin up Bilgepipe. If he's gone and bought the farm, he's gone and done it the way he wanted - in a blaze of glory*. A shame we don't know his name, for the plaque that is sure to be erected on the landing site.
* Obviously not literally, because he'd be quite easy to find.
Tim, the tracker for Vulture 1 (G6UIM-12 the one with a plane icon) is still showing the last location transmitted yesterday morning; it has not sent any updates today.
Has anyone on the PARIS away team owned up to forgetting to turn it on, perhaps? And is there any other way of finding it?
"We're up track in the woods, signal's getting stronger, we're definitely getting nearer...stay tuned PARIS fans "
The Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland? Have they shot down the plane?
Does the mighty bird have a brown luggage label on with owners name and address (and offering a generous reward to the finder?)
a LEGO pilot.
Careful. We burn heretics round here.
At least they had more sense than to go with a LEGLESS pilot. However, following this closely (in the interests of journalistic integrity, natch) and, in natural empathy, I drank a bottle at home of cheap red plonk.
Now, like the little plastic fella, I'm kinda hoping no-one finds me real soon...
Nice one, folks. Respect!!
>At least they had more sense than to go with a LEGLESS pilot
I don't know, maybe Douglas Bader could have done a good job.
So go home
Knowing you guys you'll probably start the search in every bar in central Spain, but I doubt that your plastic fantastic pilot is good enough to land Vulture 1 in a bar (waiting for you with a caña and a smile.)
Or maybe your plasmonaut was so good that he did the risk calculation, bailed out, cut ties on takeoff, and that gave him more time to meet up with his tias in the nearest bar.
at any rate: Buena suerte!
It's obvious really, John Denver flew Elvis to the nearest landing strip, who drove out to pick up the pilot and the three of them have disappeared off to that mythical paradise island.
... Across the stratosphere, a final message: "Give my wife my love..."
Then nothing more.
Far beneath the ship, the world is mourning.
They don't realise he's alive.
No one understands, but Major Tom sees...
"Now the Light commands."
This is my home, I'm coming home...
This has Quatermass Experiment written all over it. Rampaging playmonaut monster back in Blighty ahoy.
It's an ammoniac corrosive!
Actually was my first thought on hearing the ground crew was closing in on a weak signal.
tightly clenched and fingers crossed that you will have some good news soon.
One has to wonder if lax security was to blame. Did the pilot remove his shoes and get patted down before the flight? Was his helmet checked for explosive residue? Did he go through a body imaging unit? Was he profiled? Time for the Home Secretary, M and C to get involved I think.
The pilot was fine. It was the Lego terrorist on board that wasn't spotted. Everyone knows that Lego and Playmobil have been involved in the "War on Plastic" for ages.
Lego plot to bring down Vulture One, Playmobil invade Legoland Windsor in retaliation.... Where will it end?!?!
let's hope the rest of the electronics worked, (or were remembered to be turned on)...
Book in the ticker tape parade; Clear the chat-show schedules: The hero is coming home!
"Vulture 1 recovered intact. Completely intact. Playmonaut safe and sound." (from twitter)
A pint in recognition of his achievements.
So, did it come down in a flat spin? Or fall off the balloon at low altitude as it was coming down?
Inquiring minds want to know....
I do hope you guys put your name and address on a 'if found' type label on all this...
Or did you get all creative? Something more like the famous Nasa messages to aliens on their interplanetary probes?
Just seen on Tw@tter
"Vulture 1 recovered intact. Completely intact. Playmonaut safe and sound."