The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) balloon mothership spaceplane project - named in homage to the socialite and inadvertent internet sensation of all our hearts - has finally won the recognition she always deserved. The plane, and our heroic Playmonaut, have made it onto the front page of the Telegraph, inside the …
Playmonauts spiritual Grandad on R4
Now everyone's getting in on PARIS themed items.
This afternoon (Thu 11/11 14:15) The Radio 4 Drama is of Col Joe Kittingers Balloon assisted High Altitude sky dives.
Maybe the playmonaut could chill out and tune in to hear how it was in the old days .....
Aren't they worried that paper-based airborne transport will simply provide another way in for gangs of illegal Playmobil immigrants? Where will it all end?
Was the Mail headline something like...
RELEASING PAPER PLANES IN SPACE CAUSES CANCER.
and down in Norwich
University of East Anglia CRU reports that reckless use of shiny paper for space exploration is totally unjustified. That latest PARIS flight ‘green house’ outrage has caused *global temperatures to rise by a massive .00000000000000001 degrees over the next century.
*assuming paper based air traffic increases by the anticipated 2000% per year.
... personally I welcome our paper aviation overlords.
RELEASING PAPER PLANES IN SPACE: NEW CURE FOR CANCER
Ah.... The good old oncological ontology blog.
Did I miss it
Or was there no video footage from the plane itself? I don't remember seeing any, or any planning for it. Given the cheapness and lightness of mini DV cams, seems a glaring omission.
Congrats on rest of mission though.
Finally some positive recognition for El Reg
Shouldn't we get a new icon to commemorate this moment?
A Playmonaught maybe?
Yup I loved the story
Good on the Reg for getting in the papers. The editors sexed up the story a bit .. like "the team then tracked the plane using GPS as it took an hour and a half to glide down" .. or .. "the paper plane glided back taking dozens of photographs".
But that's the big media for you. At least you got the publicity and hopefully more sponsors for Paris II
Sexed it up?
Surely that would have been "the paper plane was capable of being launched towards targets in Britain within 45 minutes, carrying a payload which we have been unable to confirm does not contain biological agents".
Gotta get the ages in
Congrats on the recognition. I'm always mystified by stories in newspapers - they seem to be fixated on details such as peoples' ages, marital status etc. It's so bizarre.
The Playmonaut is married???
I am devastated!
Hurrah for old school spiffing ingenuity!
I'll drink to that, its nearly lunch time!
PARIS In Metro
PARIS was also in Metro this morning.
Paris.. because she gets everywhere....
I think I also saw it on someone else's copy of The Metro on the Tube this morning (obviously I wouldn't be seen with a copy myself). Actually, come to think of it, perhaps that's why you didn't publicise your mention in that particular publication...
page 31, full spread
yeah it was in this mornings Metro, got itself a full page..
nice picture of the Playmonaut.
you can read it in their online version - http://e-edition.metro.co.uk/home.html (page 33 online)
News24 just covered it
and described as "the story of the day"
And to think...
We were all there at the beginning and followed this through to the end, doesn't that give us all a warm fuzzy feeling?
Well done again guys, maybe this will help in a small way to wake up Britain to doing great (and interesting) things again.
BTW has Jame May been in touch for his ManLab yet?
And they call this 'news'?
So let me get this straight - humankind has reached a zenith of global communications and near-speed-of-light connectivity for the masses, allowing electronic content in the form of emails, blog posts, twitter feeds, not to mention pictures and videos, of the spectacular PARIS project achievements to be delivered almost in real-time to anyone with an internet connection, anywhere round the globe...
But it takes the great British press fourteen days (14 days?! 2 weeks!!) to publish this as 'news'. This is not news, this is 'olds'.
No wonder I read The Register - all hail our vulturine scoop messengers!
Where do I put a title?
The Aussies were able to cover it a little more timely (November 02).
Congratulations guys you are a beacon of hope in these dark times.
With proper funding the UK could become the centre of the world paper space plane industry
I was on a Virgin train the other day and the catering trolley had run out of straws. You don't think that...
That's just Virgin's normal service quality?
just be glad that...
...they weren't out of lemon-soaked paper napkins. Might have got ugly in there.
Clutching at straws
As far as I recall, PARIS isn't a Virgin ...
It would seem they have stupidly high contention ratios on their trains as well.
"Please return to your seats, please return to your seats"...
daily mail underplaying El Reg?
Not surprised to see Daily Mail downplay this site, you think the least they could have done was give a link. But then people might start reading all those sceptical opinions and criticism and pee-taking of the Mail's stance.
No fraternity within (Fleet Street) journalism.
We knew about this ages ago, just what's going on if the Fail isn't carping on about dirty students smashing up the home of democracy and 'all that is good and great'. Ah, either it's 'cos they recongise thier own kids on the demo or it's they never checked te 'PARIS' reference before reserving front page space.
Anyway - we feel just a bit smug as we read all about it here first and watched it live(ish) on Google Earth.
Heard this on LBC this morning
Was both surprised and delighted in equal measures: Nick Ferrari was gushing with absolutely no criticism whatsoever.
I'm sure this will bring a few more eyeballs to the Reg.
BBC Lunchtime News!
Can't wait for the next project!
I've just seen it on the BBC 1 news. Still insisting it reached space though.
Heard his dulcet tones on Radio 5 on my way home from work. Nothing like the Beeb keeping abrest of what's happening in the world.
And now on news.bbc.co.uk
Does somone who knows what they're doing with such things fancy updating the Wikipedia entry? Its whinging about a lack of non-primary references, a few links to the above articles should fix this nicely.
Needs linking to Playmobil too :)
Paris? Well duh!
"the ruthless media barons who control the Register"
And they are..?
"inadvertent internet sensation of all our hearts"
Are you sure you've got the right organ?
Saw it in the Telegraph* this morning about 6am (UK time). Had a little chuckle about the 'space enthusiasts', nowt much about El Reg being an IT news source...
Now, were you behind that 'phantom missile' over California the other day? Maybe not, as you've used up your beer and travel budget....
...Hey, wait a minute, has the 'playmonought' gone AWOL???
Paper plane launched into space
Telegraph, BBC a bunch of amateurs the lot of em..Have they no respect for PARIS
It was RELEASED, there was no LAUNCH.
BBC video clip - John Oates speaks!
shame they didn't freeze frame when you see the Vulture 1 in the distance.
tell them they got it wrong
In addition to my earlier comment, here is a link which will allow you to report the factual inaccuracy of the article.
Let them have it.
PARIS is going 'more' global
Congratulations! you! are! now! featured! on! the! Yahoo! front! page!
no credit, gits
On the beeb, no mention of El Reg, just "amateur space enthusiasts".
Thanks for that you c**ts.
I think the next step is to have an onboard cam and/or get it higher.
As for the acronym, Low Orbit Helium Ascent... Nnnsomethingsomething?
Put something into orbit guys, put something into orbit. Pwease?
Is that possible with a helium lifter? Perhaps some kind of a semi-rigid envelope?
Put something into orbit....
Do they still make "Jetex" motors nowadays? Think they need no oxygen. Might defeat the 'escape velocity' myth.
Nah, maybe not....
Deserves a prize for effective PR expenditure
The Telegraph online edition has the story in its Space section, jostling alongside discoveries of galaxies, space shuttle developments and other multi-billion dollar research projects. That's very good value in PR terms, and I expect The Reg to be inundated with enquiries from publicity-hungry science institutes worldwide.
That said, eight thousand quid seems a lot for a few sheets of paper, a packet of drinking straws and a balloon. Please can I be the procurement officer for the next project?
Knowing El Reg the budget was mostly taken up by the drinks bill
That's why I want to get in on the act.
In Italy, too!
To the stratosphere and back on a paper plane
My local paper are going to print Jon's excellent photo stitch up. Also have been told it's going out on BBC world.
If Pillinger wants a hand with Beagle 3, he knows who to call.
Though the Mail seems to have failed to slap their own copyright message over your images - they must be having an off-day.
I do wonder about the particular shot the Telegraph used:
I mean, it was high enough to see the curvature of the Earth, but is it just me, or is the Earth being particularly awkward and curving the wrong way for that picture?
No way. It was obviously the fact that the plane got to such dizzy heights and the Plastic Pilot had had a bit too much 'dutch courage' and slumped over.
I see what you're saying, tho, but the ground's the thing, not the blue upper bits. Think you're seeing weather patterns, maybe...
But, as we know, the Earth can be particularly awkward. Gaia's like that, fickle minx...
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