The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space team is this morning nursing the mother of all hangovers following yesterday's triumphant conclusion to our audacious space plane mission. For those of you looking for a once-in-a-lifetime moment, try recovering a paper aircraft which has flown from 60,000 feet to a gentle touchdown in …
Can't wait for the pictures!
Enhorabuena a todos...
Espero que las resacas no esten *tan* malas...
Excuse pidgin Spanecian - but well done, a great accomplishment...
Looking forward to PARIS spreading her, er, wings, again...
Si es verdad que celebraron con champán no deben de tener resaca.
Although I hope, Lester, that when you said "champagne" you were abusing the term in the Spanish way and really mean cava.
Now that's some real engineer's talk
"Jose Manuel deserves a special mention for his balloon-handling technique, which involved calmly smoking a cigar with his free hand while noting: "Well, it's not hydrogen, is it?""
Awesome, just awesome :D I can't believe PARIS appears to have missed all obstacles on her descent, baffling!
Missing the trees
Well of course despite all the electronics on board you could never replace the real pilot when it comes to tricky landings.
We've all seen the movies. What quarantine protections have you taken with your passenger sent to the edge of space?
Keeping an eye on the media for reports of zombie Playmobil outbreaks in Spain.
Damn work firewalls rejecting Flickr
more pics here please!
+1 Internets to Jose Manuel for noting: "Well, it's not hydrogen, is it?"
Fantastic location for the launch
what else can I say. Really looking forwards to more photos and the video.
Are you going to try for launch #2 or will Vulture 1 now be retired?
PARIS's flaps have jammed!
Well done chaps!
Last I saw yesterday was that she was lost somewhere over Spain - so this really is a welcome sight; PARIS lying a kimbo in the woods on the front page of El Reg!
Congrats to all, and get the pics/vids up! We have a right to see them you know!
Top hole chaps
I can't WAIT to see the footage.
"Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth..." etc.
A new Icon is in order, methinks.
Congratulations gentlemen on a job well done !
Let's have some ideas for the next impossible project?
- Making an Adobe product secure for 3 months?
- If that is too difficult, maybe sending a paper aircraft to Neptune.
The Next Impossible Project?
PARIS to Uranus?
This better be better quality than the last video I saw of Paris.
What? Not that Paris? Oh, nevermind...
A great time for good news. (Couldn't of timed it better if you'd planned it... or did you ;-)
Beers all round
Well done all!
Extensive preparation almost invalidated by customs delays, launch logistics in a foreign country, concerning lack of signals from the plane, and in the end, full recovery (at least, when the hangover clears). All in all a great day's fun!
Lynn (D) - KJ4ERJ - Watching for the next launch!
Awesome! Is there any telemetry for the plane logged at all or did the gps just not function?
Or it never happened....
Hmm, Paris, Champagne, Balloons and cigars... sounds like my kind of gig :-D
Paris 'cause she can smoke my cigar
Well done lads - worthy of an appearance on top gear I'd have said.
This beats Top Gear's recent cross country chases hands down!
Would have been better if the chase car was a Lambo, I suppose...
Looking forward to pictures... and this time you won't even have to make Playmobil mockups!
OK...time to start the conspiracy theory
MrCheese makes an interesting point that the craft seems to have avoided all obstacles. It looks to be in very good shape for its ordeal, and where it appears to have landed. That, and the absence of telemetry/location data during the "flight" does make me start to wonder if this happened at all.
That "we've lost her", "we think we've picked up a signal", "got to her" thing was almost as per a movie script
Looking forward to seeing some evidence
Re: OK...time to start the conspiracy theory
Yes, we just loaded the plane in the van, went for a couple of beers and then planted it in the woods. En route, though, we came across a UFO crash site, killed all the locals who witnessed the prang, and then flew the remains of the intergalactic casualties to Area 51 on our black helicopter.
We did, of course, have to spend two days faking the PARIS launch photos, as well as those of the plane construction, because neither of those ever happened.
All we have to do now is rub the memories of the people who know the whole thing was a pathetic set-up aimed at getting page hits, and we're sorted.
I don't exist either, actually, and I simply invented an imaginary PARIS project to feed an imaginary internet feedback loop of deception.
I agree. The photo is quite clearly staged to make it 'look' as if the happy rescuers have spied the aircraft and are running towards it. However, it's obvious that the cameraman has just put the plane on the ground and told them to walk away a bit and then run joyfully towards the camera.
In addition its completely impossible for the aircraft to have come down in a thick pine forest without bouncing off some branches and sustaining more damage than a small hole. There is no trace of skid marks on the ground. The 'loss of telemetry' is suspicious (yeah right) and anyway the shadows are all wrong.
It's plainly obvious that this is a fake and anyone who disagrees is an idiot and in the pay of the government. and probably a Thetan as well.
Damn this tinfoil hat scratches
Re: Re: OK...time to start the conspiracy theory
OH MY GOD. THE SCALES HAVE FALLEN FROM MY EYES.
Does... does this mean... the payload really *was*... DRUGS?
Getting those fake shadows right is a complete pain. NASA had an unlimited budget and they screwed it up, so give us a bit of leeway here...
I Knew It!
There is no trace of skid marks....
Seems like the only person would be our intrepid playmonaught to have skidmarks.
No worries about the tinfoil, yo're "Cleared Theta Clear".
Yours Sincerely, Tom (Thetan) Cruise.
Seriously, I've really enjoyed the PARIS project, wonderful.
Now do we get the LOHAN project next (crashes more, bumpier design, affinity for other planes)
Low Orbiting Hollow Airfix Nimrod
Assuming liquid poly will survive the ascent and the enamel paint... NO. Leave the brilliantly mad stuff to El Reg.
Congrats again to everyone involved.
Instead of a plane, the LOHAN project could be a rocket.
Ms. Lohan + several weeks in only-beans diet + ignition source = The cheapest rocket design EVER!!!
You'd only have to add some structure to keep her upright, and a restraining system for her legs, so that when they are released they can act as aerobrakes.
The scientific benefits of this project would be immense. The human mean IQ would raise several % points, and that has to be good for Science!
I haven't see any inflight pictures yet. What does the footage reveal? What is El-Reg hiding from us? The truth is out there!!
Well done - from what I have seen previously of photos of PARIS the I am suprised it got to the floor and didn't impale itself on the nearest upward pointing object !!!
by such a safe landing of all parts. For that plane to come down from about 12 miles up & land in that state unaided (except by the brave pilot) is a stark contrast to my brother's radio controlled ones descents from maybe 30 feet.
The photos/vid of Paris's moment of release is as eagerly awaited as ever.
Que viva el buitre!
Can we get a couple closeups of Yolanda?
.. a couple of close ups of Lester
Not until I go for my annual face peel, nip-and-tuck and botox. Details here: gettingoldishitisntit.com
Re: Que viva el buitre!
She says no, unless you want to pop into the bar for a face-to-face.
Re: Re: Que viva el buitre!
"She says no, unless you want to pop into the bar for a face-to-face"
That's a long trip for me! Oh well, "We'll always have PARIS"
charts of telemetry
Just done a couple of quick charts to plot distance against elevation and time against elevation. Not great but a fun to keep us going until the real gen arrives.
Que viva Espana cabrones!
BTW, is Bar Tito also called Mission Control?
Hoisting a glass of Old Rocket Fuel to your success!
Re: Que viva Espana cabrones!
It is. Tito is the man, and also the supplier of all beery goodness. A tip of the hat to him and his equally enthusiastic countrymen for their support.
I told you...
...the conspiracy merchants would pop out of the woodwork.
I note they don't use their real name, unlike me*.
AC didn't use the 'troll' icon as I suggested. I think "he's not the Messiah, he's just a very naughty boy"
As an aside, I think QinetiQ and Blue Tree Travel Services (the sponsors, IIRC) would possibly have monitored this rather closely, as they seem to have stuck quite a bit of wedge , effort and time in this project - esp. QinetiQ.
So, I think the Conspiratory crowd can sod off and stay there.
(OK, I asked a previous manager of mine from a different company - now in - QinetiQ, if they had a hypobaric chamber loafing around, and why, at the time Lester and his motley crew were looking for one. He told me that they were quite short of folks at the moment, but maybe he chatted to a few colleagues about PARIS , and they decided to put a few extra hours their of spare time into it).
*Oops....Well, at least I'm consistent.
Paris Nursing Mother ...
You owe me a new keyboard - title rather caught my eye until I read the rest.
This is the sort of thing that makes us all a little bit younger. Many thanks to all who have been involved. Looking forward to the rest of the pictures.
If a paper plane falls in a forest...
and there's nobody there to hear it, does it make a sound?
The old conundrum remains unanswered, if slightly updated.
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