back to article LOST Vulture One PARIS spaceplane FOUND!!!

The Register's epic Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) project ended in glorious triumph this afternoon as our Spanish ground pursuit team finally discovered the landing site of Vulture One, the cutting edge stationery spacecraft piloted by our intrepid playmonaut. Following a nail-biting few hours in which Vulture One …

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Happy

Oh jolly good show

Sadly I was unable to attend the Internetty live show as I had to wor... wo.. (sorry just can't seem to get the word out).

Apologies for not supply my total attention and therefore failing to bite my nails in the appropriate manner when it was feared our brave playmonaut might be lost forever.

P.S.

Will s/he be taking interviews? Is there a book or film contract in the offing?

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hooray !

next endevour Mars ! , or do we go all the way to Uran... stop giggling like a kid ! this is serious science !

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Photos?

Where is the photo of the grinning pilot walking towards the rescue team as the smoking wreckage of his downed aircraft burns picturesquely in the background?

Surely he had the Right Stuff.

Kudos on the success, and on the imagination to even make the attempt.

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Eh?

It didn't come down here, so it does not exist. pfffft!

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Pirate

Great job

congrats on the recovery.

question though: who will play the part of the Playmonaut in the Playmobile re-enactment of the Vulture-1 flight? I'm hoping for Optimus Prime, but that's just me.

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Simply brilliant

I can't have been the only one spending the day wishing I was hurtling through the Spanish countryside and beating my way through forest. Blair Witch?? It was more sleeping beauty in my head as I tried to rescue PARIS.

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Tit le

So, only a small hole after re-entry, bravo!

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Small hole

Better a small hole after re-entry than before (cf. Columbia)!

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Superb effort!

Congratulations on your successful near space adventure, are you planning on branching out into the sub orbital flights market :)

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FTFA:

"hell-bent on celebrating their achievements with suitable liquid refreshment. However, they've promised that on reaching an area with good mobile data coverage they'll update this report with near-real-time imagery of events as they unfolded."

Looks like they found a bar before they found the mobile data hotspot.

Well deserved.

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Delightfully bonkers!

So, chat show appearences, book launch and movie deal sorted?

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Next project...

Now that PARIS has landed, onto the next project:

A Slinky down Mount Everest.

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Most annoying...

Been on a job interview all afternoon, miles from home, so this is the first I've seen of the mighty chase.

Congratulations all round, and one of these for the intrepid aeronaut!

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Good stuff!

Many congratulations!

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The Next Step

.. is of course Playmobile space tourism.

Congrats boys, well done !

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Hurray!

Many congrats. Now it is time for Lester to get a homebuilt boat. (Nuclear carrier with proper catapults, natch...)

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Excellent!

Congratulations all round!

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One...

small plane for Man...one giant fall/glide for plastickind!

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Here is the video of the build and flight...

Stardust - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Os5ihedyH8

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@ Here is the video of the build and flight...

Brilliant, as long as you watch with the volume down!

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LOST Vulture One PARIS spaceplane FOUND!!!

"Reg scribe John Oates, embedded with the mobile team, breathlessly reports that Vulture One landed "almost completely intact", having suffered only a minor "hole in one wing"."

Shot down maybe?

Culprit -> http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/10/15/fotw/

Anyhoo... Congrats to the PARIS team.

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So now that that is done......

Some ideas for a suitable follow-up:

1. Asking Richard Branson if he wants to sponsor PARIS II, or maybe just take over the PARIS program entirely. He could probably get the real Paris to show up for the festivities! This would lead to:

2. Pictures of Paris Hilton giving a big welcome back kiss to Playmonaut! (Just a kiss, Paris!!)

3. Knighthoods or peerages all around for Playmonaut and the PARIS team! (Doesn't Buckingham Palace hand those things out like toy suprises in kid's cereal?)

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Thumbs up!

Truly an exciting development in dirt cheap aeronautical engineering! Can't raise a glass to you tonight as I have to work the midnight shift but Friday when the pics (and hopefully video) comes out I shall raise several glasses of the traditional Canadian coma inducer - rye and coke.

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Awesome

Next stop, Mars!

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Off-the-shelf

Hasn't Lewis pointed out that you could have bought an off-the-shelf one from the US at a third of the cost and with the electornics (on board camera) working properly and it could have been delivered in a quarter of the time.

Where's his column on this scandal of waste?

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Who needs a Virgin when you have a Vulture?

Chuffed to hear Vulture 1 rode PARIS so high and long, and survived the come-down.

Can we expect pics of Playmonaut (What IS his name?) reclining in a full schooner of ale?

PS. I watched the flight live via the intertubes last night, with my wife cheering on as well. My those jet streams have some poke, don't they?

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Congratulations

The right stuff indeed !!

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A triumph in paper and plastic.

Well done all.

How's the collective hangover?

Did you get pics of the fame-crazed pilot snorting a line in the men's bogs? or falling out of the limo surrounded by a threesome of loose floozies.? Surely the pilot will be hounded by the 'paper'azzi now.

......In fact that could solve the photos problem for Vulture II; those snappers have got really long zoom lenses, or they could be dropped out of a baloon on vespas to chase the plastic pilot.

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Well done, chaps!

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Have another boys!

Bravo! Well done! etc. etc. Now then, out of curiosity, assuming you have accurate release data, a 6 km jaunt equates to what exactly as a glide ratio?

Bah! It's beer-thirty, lets enjoy another round to celebrate just how sturdy that little craft is. I must say, having seen the LZ, I'm rather surprised to see her in such good condition. Bloody fine work lads.

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PARIS rocks!

Congratulations on a typically-daft British endeavour.

Let's see: PARIS was released at near 90,000 ft (a bit more than 27 km), and landed just 6 km from the balloon.

Ignoring the usual complicating factors (wind, and spiral flight, especially), PARIS has a glide ratio of 6/27=0.22. That's even less than the Apollo space capsule. PARIS rocks! (or at least she falls like a rock). It's a miracle that she survived with just one small hole.

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not true

not true it could have flown in circles till the pilote is debreifed we will not know the true epic adventure (are the movie rights still avaible?)

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Well done

Well done!

Now, given all you've achieved with so little, have you thought about bidding for MoD contracts?

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Neato

It's in really amazing shape! Is there any recoverable onboard telemetry so we can find out if it flew or simply plummeted with style?

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Splendid stuff chaps.

I hope the Vulture One GPS kit logged its flightpath - I'd like to see how she went down.

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Well done!

Well done indeed. A fantastic, triumphant end to an epic effort.

More than ever, I wish I had your job. And I actually like my own job... :D

(Wanders off humming "I like PARIS in the fall...")

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Brilliant work!

I'm relieved that all are home safe, but still... Paper space plane with playmobile pilot lost returning to earth. Possibly still circling the earth looking for a place to land. Could become the stuff of legend, re-told by geeks at pubs around the world.

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Exclusive Pilot Interview

Some f**king genius had the great idea of welding a couple of steel plates onto our deck to keep the General safe from ground fire…

Well, it was like trying to fly a freight train. Ok? Gross overload, trim characteristics all shot to hell. I nearly broke both my arms trying to keep her level. And when we released, you know, I tried as hard as I could. Tried to gain some altitude and still keep her from stalling, but we came down like a f**king meteor. This is how we ended up.

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Congratulations

Brilliant !

And a happy ending !

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Wow!

Considering the buffeting she must have taken (no sniggering at the back there) PARIS is seems incredibly undamaged.

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And the Reg chose to do these things

Not because they are easy, but because they are hard.

Well done!

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Great!

Now, time for data analysis. We (well, I) want to se the graphs, want to read telemetry data, want to to see the pics and videos!

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There's only one hole in PARIS?

Survived intact, congratulations from the Docklands tracking station. Do we all have to work now? Oh wait it's friday, that's all right then.

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To Madrid, and beyond!

Congrats to the Vulture 1 team, it was one small flight for a toy, one giant leap for Playmobilkind

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Is this a Tory conspiracy?

To justify budget cuts by proving that science can be done using nothing but paper, rubber and red wine. Lib Dem additional - don't forget the beer and the jolly old trip to Spain.

But a great bit of bodging, lads. Great stuff. Personally I felt that insufficient use duct tape jeopardised the mission* but you did it anyway.

* - Insufficient use of duct tape. or IDT as we know it, is the reason they can't find that Boggs Hissom follicle at CERN, of course. No duct tape in those tunnels at all.

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Congrats all round

And pints :)

Looking forward to any photo / video footage from plane and/or mother ship?

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What can I say...

that has not been said already. Absolutely brilliant gentlemen and an example to us all. I hope that you've all got suitable hangovers this morning, here's another one!

Congrats from the Chesterfield tracking station.

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One small step.

As a patriotic Australian, I feel it's only my duty at this moment to mock and belittle your efforts.

... Aw, stuff it! Good on yers. I've enjoyed the whole adventure. I hope Richard Noble feels suitably inspired. One Giant leap for Playmanaut kind.

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Only one that's worth commenting on, anyway.

Congrats to the team - looking forward to the vids.

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Pah

I jumped out of a balloon from 90,000ft this morning, without a parachute, and didn't even get one ickle scratch when I hit the ground. I didn't film it because the video camera had problems with the low temperatures.

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