back to article Meat pies in SPAAAAAAAAAAAACE!

Pie-lovers were given a novel but unrecommended way to freeze a meaty delight this week by sending the little beauty into space*. Youtube Video The meat and potato pastry parcel - still in its tin case - was tethered to a helium balloon and dispatched from mission control in a pub car park in Roby Mill, Wigan. Bods at the …

  1. Marc 25

    wondrous, magical and majestic!

    (the story is not bad either)

    1. Christoph Silver badge

      It's just

      Pie in the sky

    2. king 2ombie

      Not the first!

      Sorry register this is not the first pie in space!

      Here in leafy Stoke-On-Trent there is an annual young engineer of the year competition run by a local engineering firm KMF. Last year's competition was to launch a HAL balloon and the team from Madeley High launched a Wright's pie into space! this was back in May 2016. I wasn't involved in that team but did see it launch majestically into the sky. Not sure what happened after that!

  2. TRT Silver badge

    Not sure what the meat is...

    It's an unidentified pieing object.

    1. VinceH Silver badge

      Re: Not sure what the meat is...

      They should obviously have used a pork pie for the muppet reference.

  3. Gordon 10 Silver badge
    Pint

    Time to raise a pint to Lesters memory

    Somewhere he's looking down and approving - and probably wanting a slice of it.

    (I presume PARIS is a failed dream at this point?)

    1. Dr. Mouse Silver badge

      Re: Time to raise a pint to Lesters memory

      (I presume PARIS is a failed dream at this point?)

      Erm... didn't PARIS actually happen? Or did I imagine that? If so, I have some BIG mental health problems...

      I think you may have meant LOHAN. I've not heard anything about it for ages. Last I heard it was stalled because they couldn't get clearance from the FAA.

      1. Tikimon Silver badge
        Unhappy

        Re: Time to raise a pint to Lesters memory

        Yep, LOHAN. As much as I loved PARIS and admired Lester, I don't give it much chance even if the FAA gets out of the way. I feel like I'm the only one that seems to think flight testing (never done) is critical for this project.

        PARIS was a glider simply dropped to fly down unguided, fairly simple. LOHAN is rail-launched from a balloon by rocket thrust, then uses the rocket to climb higher. It has an autopilot to actively manipulate control surfaces to control the climb, then fly back down. LOHAN is many times more complex than PARIS and is highly unlikely to Just Work on the first try. At the very least, an unpowered drop test from a Cessna to check if it even flies and if the autopilot works. That would still leave many unknowns including how the autopilot handles the thinner air at high altitude, how control surfaces handle the stress of rocket thrust (they already changed the canard joint once) and so on.

        I would love for LOHAN to work, but without some serious testing it has little chance of success.

        Dang, I miss Lester though...

    2. imanidiot Silver badge

      Re: Time to raise a pint to Lesters memory

      I think there are still plans to get LOHAN flying, but I don't know how much momentum is remaining with the loss of Lester and the stonewalling/stalling/slowness of the FAA.

    3. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
      Paris Hilton

      Re: Time to raise a pint to Lesters memory

      @Gordon 10

      (I presume PARIS is a failed dream at this point?)

      She certain is. All Pie in the sky. I can but dream.

      Oh, you mean that SPB thing? No idea

    4. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge

      Re: Time to raise a pint to Lesters memory

      @Gordon 10

      Somewhere he's looking down and approving - and probably wanting a slice of it.

      He'll be needing something to wash it down with. So, how about a SPB project to send up a pint of his favourite brew into space?

      1. Mycho Silver badge

        Re: Time to raise a pint to Lesters memory

        What is his favourite brew?

        I once sold a car for a pie and a pint, I'm sure I can find a place to launch a beer from.

        1. x 7 Silver badge

          Re: Time to raise a pint to Lesters memory

          "I once sold a car for a pie and a pint"

          what sort of car? Was it a Yugo?

  4. Unep Eurobats

    Follow-up, please

    So we have to wait until next week and the pie-eating championships to find out how the taste of the pie has been altered by its trip to the Edge Of Spaaaace?

    Was there a control pie from the same batch that remained on terra firma?

    1. Valerion

      Re: Follow-up, please

      Was there a control pie from the same batch that remained on terra firma?

      There was <burp>

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    FAIL

    Not shortcrust pastry: Fail. As any foo kno, a proper pie is shortcrust.

    Look at the abysmal efforts purveyed by Pukka Pies, for example.

    1. Tom 7 Silver badge

      Re: FAIL

      No - a proper pie has hot water crust pastry and is either pork or scotch. Other nearly but not quite as fantastic pies may use shortcrust - or indeed a whole variety of pastries. I've even made a steak and kidney using flaky pastry allround which was pretty damn good (my own special home made overhopped IPA [Intentionally for Pies Ale] helped) but you cannot beat a proper pork pie.

      1. disgustedoftunbridgewells Silver badge

        Re: FAIL

        All pies matter.

    2. Snar
      Joke

      Re: FAIL

      No, that pie was made of the right stuff! :)

    3. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: FAIL re "Pukka Pies"

      I once knew someone who pronounced them "Puke-a-pies" ...

      1. x 7 Silver badge

        Re: FAIL re "Pukka Pies"

        "I once knew someone who pronounced them "Puke-a-pies" ..."

        Oh - you mean that's not the correct way to say it?

  6. Roger Greenwood

    Please tell me it was "Operation Growler"

    With the tagline "Leaving the Earths' crust"

  7. TRT Silver badge

    Scary take off!

    It's brown sauce time.

  8. Baldy50

    Many people in Wigan are not amused! Poor thing not in a barm cake, just shocking, truly shocking!!!

    1. Fruit and Nutcase Silver badge
      Joke

      Not amused

      @ Baldy50

      Many people in Wigan are not amused!

      Nor would you be if you go looking for Wigan Pier

    2. SVV Silver badge

      When they hear that it was made in St Helens they'll all go ballistic.

      A pie made in their rugby league rival's town being smuggled onto their own territory would be tantamount to treason to Lancashire's most fervent pie eaters.

      I suggest Wiganers retaliate with a launch of a tin of Uncle Joe's Mint Balls from a pub car park in St Helens.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        > Lancashire's most fervent pie eaters.

        Until quite recently (and for older sons of Wigan miners still) calling someone from Wigan a 'Pie Eater' would result in fisticuffs. Wiganers were dubbed 'Pie Eaters' by the Leythers when they broke the miners strike and ate humble pie in the 20's - many 100s of lives were lost as a result of the working conditions which continued. Think 'scab' squared.

  9. Your alien overlord - fear me

    And how many fat fuckers went chasing it thinking it's a free pie (not realising they were getting Pokemon Go style exercises)?

  10. breakfast
    Pirate

    "pie-rrty pooper"

    That is a terrible term for people who insist on ruing a perfectly good headline with so-called "facts" and "accuracy." Don't they realise we live in a post-truth era.

    No, these people are rats. Pie rats.

  11. hatti

    Future mission scope to dock with a sausage roll.

    1. Snar
      Joke

      That would be a roll manoeuvre?

    2. I ain't Spartacus Gold badge

      No, they should send up an apple pie, and dock it with a custard cloud.

      Mmmmm custard.

  12. HxBro
    Thumb Up

    Pukka

    This is just pukka

    1. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

      Re: Pukka

      No, it was a proper pie.

  13. Chris G Silver badge

    Meat and potatoe parcel

    You mean it wasn't named meat?

    I hope it was carrying an appropriate discount and being offered at a cut throat price!

  14. Mutton Jeff

    Well above the earth's crust...

  15. Richard Scratcher

    Downright dangerous

    Somebody might have been killed by that falling pie. remember what happened to Ernie (The Fastest Milkman in the West).

    "And he looked up in pained surprise and the concrete hardened crust,

    Of a stale pork pie caught him in the eye and Ernie bit the dust."

  16. Doc Ock

    As we speak now the astronauts on the ISS are using a rod an line in a futile attempt without gravity to hook themselves a free pie as they are rather fed up the usual space slops.

    1. Ol'Peculier

      Iagine, you are on the ISS dreaming about home comforts, and a pie goes drifting past your window...

  17. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Danger of falling pies

    I'm surprised there has not been a massed vegan protest against the horror of being hit by meat pies from space.

    1. theModge

      Re: Danger of falling pies

      It's a pie so...alleged meat

    2. TeeCee Gold badge
      Coat

      Re: Danger of falling pies

      Only one way to deal with massed vegans.

      Take off and pie the site from orbit...

  18. FullyGroan
    Joke

    Pie Weight?

    Of course you'd need to send the balloon Somewhere over the Rainbow to determine the weight.. way a pie!

  19. Anonymous South African Coward Silver badge

    CMOT Dibbler will be selling off space-frozen pies soon...

  20. king 2ombie

    http://sentintospace.com/our-news/kmf-young-engineer-of-the-year-2016/

    Madeley High school got there first! They launched a Wrights Pie into space as part of the KMF young engineer of the year competition earlier this year on 23rd May. See photographic proof in the article above

  21. YARR
    Coat

    That was certainly the most upper crust pie I've ever seen.

  22. Fungus Bob Silver badge

    With apologies to The Alan Parsons Project

    I am the pie in the sky

    Frozen for you....

    (it's up to someone else to come up with the next line)

    1. Chemical Bob

      Re: With apologies to The Alan Parsons Project

      I can feed mankind

  23. Barry Rueger Silver badge

    With apologies to Dean Martin..

    When the moon hits your eye,

    Like a launched Wigan pie,

    That's amore.....

  24. x 7 Silver badge

    Sam the Dog is still missing in Bowland

    I see the pie landed somewhere near the Bowland Forest. I'd like to think Sam the Dog found it and ate it. The kids in the school would still like him back if anyone spots him

    http://www.thevisitor.co.uk/news/video-cuddly-dog-launched-into-space-from-morecambe-1-7836405

    http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/find-sam-toy-dog-missing-space-morecambe-bay-burnley-a6973641.html

    http://www.clitheroeadvertiser.co.uk/news/sightings-of-missing-morecambe-space-dog-1-7845580

  25. Oengus Silver badge

    Amazon sets up a Pie delivery system

    In breaking news Amazon today announced a new delivery mechanism for delivery of hot meat pies.

  26. narbadingi

    Famine relief

    Brilliant method of reducing famine in far away countries without having to actually get there. Take frozen pies into space, and have them self-cook on re-entry so they're ready-to-eat when they arrive. I wonder if someone out there could work out the optimum altitude for appropriate reheat? I wonder if Comic Relief could make this a reality?

    Not sure how to solve the landing problem, though. More a splat-down than splashdown.

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