Fans of our Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) mission will doubtless want to join us in raising a glass today to our Vulture 1 aircraft – now officially the holder of the record for the highest launch of a paper plane in the history of aviation. Our PARIS Guinness World Records certificate Yes indeed, PARIS has been …
When I read the headline I just knew the article would involve at least one photo of people holding beer.
As if I needed an excuse for beer on a Friday.
Damn. I've just got back from the pub and found this article. There's only one thing for it - go back and make a toast.
First time I heard that was when a neighbour said it to me on the birth of our first child. I was a bit puzzled as I translated it as "about time".
Congratulations. A beer will be downed later today in celebration.
Well done gents!
...and a happy Friday to all
Makes one proud to be British, and a geek.
This was a triumph!
Re: This was a triumph!
It's hard to over state my satisfaction...
Congratulations to you and a massive can hoisted in your honour!
Congratulations Guys! It was great following the project, and this is acclaim indeed!! Will be raising a beer for you at about 3pm! :)
The only disappointment was that the Guinness Book folk (any relation to the beer folk, one wonders?) stooped to using 'standard' distance units to detail the award, rather than the much more appropos brontosaurus or linguine units.
Re: Bravo Zulu!
Not that Guinness is beer, it's stout, but yes it is related. Legend has it that years back people would argue in pubs about the "highest mountain" or "heaviest tumour" or other miscellanea. In the days before the internet-onna-phone and Wikipedia to mislead all the brewing giant decided to publish a book for landlords full of this sort of stuff.
That book became the Guinness Book of Records.
Norris and Ross McWhirter RIP.
PS - good to see that in the photo you are both clearly not bowing to sponsor's pressure in drinking their product.
Absolutely smashing news chaps, next mission... the moon!
Well done chaps.
Now you just need to concentrate on getting deeper in LOHAN.
So the guy who looks like Eddie Jordan is John Oates....cool
Na, far too conservatively dressed and not being looked upon with thinly veiled contempt by David Coulthard..
Although I submit Tito's thinner lookalike of Richard Osman off of Pointless..
Great news for a Friday. Means I'll have one more in your honor tonight.
Beers all round!
Fantastic, what's next? A space programme?
Re: What's next?
As far as I know, this IS the whole British space program!
Re: Re: What's next?
It's funny because it's true.
Re: Re: What's next?
Not to mention the British carrier-based aviation wing.
Congrats. ¡Muchas cervezas!
Now time to land it on the moon :)
Wonderful and well deserved.
Na Jungs, PROST!
But given it's just the altitude of the launch that's counted, it's only going to take 2 minutes for someone with a bit of A4 on the international space station to steal the record away!
Ill have 2 Chimay Beers to your outstanding work. By the way i noticed a credit card commercial here in the states that show two guys pay for the part of their craft . Which in the final senes you see video footage from the craft as hit gets to about 50 miles up. Then the next gents find the craft stuck in a tree. It looked like Vulture 1...I said copycats or big fans of El Reg.
Allow me to join my fellow commentards in raising a glass to the PARIS team!
Can't wait for LOHAN. (Wait...that didn't come out quite right....)
To celebrate with Guinness of course!
Makes me scared...
...to be a 'paper tiger'. I can't always land on my feet!
Seriously, an acheivement.
A bloke in a Swedish lesbian enclave. You gotta feel for the poor guy, he doesn't have a chance (but there'll be lots to see).
Onwards & upwards!
Sorry to be a stuffed shirt about this, but all along I've been of the opinion that PARIS, wonderful as it is and an accomplishment to be proud of, is a model airplane but not, IMHO, a 'paper airplane'. Paper airplanes are folded out of one, possibly two, pieces of paper - not constructed out of numerous frames and such like a real airplane. And glue is right out. A paperclip or two for balance, and tape in a few judiciously selected spots would be OK. And I would be generous enough to allow some extra tape to hold the electronics package in place.
Back in my misspent youth, my brother and I built a real paper airplane about six feet long, made in the traditional way, and flew it off the top of a water tower. So it's certainly possible to build a real paper airplane in the size necessary to carry camera and transmitter etc. It would require some engineering studies, such as how to use folds to provide stiffness and dynamically stable flight.
So, congrats, but I think there is still room for a record-breaking attempt with a real origami-style paper airplane. And I hope you folks take up this challenge for your next try! :D
Hate to be a party pooper but...
Didn't the Japanese release some paper planes into orbit from the ISS?
Re: Hate to be a party pooper but...
No. That was their cunning plan, but it never got off the ground, iirc.
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