back to article Vulture 1 GPS test live at 2pm

At 2pm this afternoon, the El Reg Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) programme take to the air for the first time, for a live test of the Vulture 1 GPS unit. At the helm for this test run is PARIS radio man Steve Daniels (callsign G6UIM), who's put together the lightweight air-to-ground comms package, details of which …


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  1. TheRobster


    "Just how we're getting the GPS unit airborne we're not saying"

    You threw it out of the window, didn't you?

  2. Annihilator

    2pm - GMT?

    I'm guessing GMT and not BST

    Are you strapping it to a carrier pigeon? Dropping it into an Icelandic volcano?

  3. Anonymous Coward

    is it working?

    ...if so my guess is that it was attached to a football which the kids have booted over the fence, pretty good boot mind, its gone next door but one.

    1. Andus McCoatover

      If that's the launch method...

      I suggest you get this bloke on the team....

      (Skip the first 30 seconds, boring). However, he'd get it up there for you...

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    it should quickly become evident what's going on...

    Yes its called a cockup! did someone leave home without the right bits of kit?

  5. Anonymous Coward
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    rocket ship vulture LZ 127

    clearly the carrier on the top of the needs some work as the transmitter fell off before it got to the end of the track, when are you going to test drive the carrying the plane BTW ?

  6. Gareth 7
    Black Helicopters

    2pm - more like 10 to 3 and UTC at that

    Looks like it's been lobbed on a roof next to the car park

    2010-06-02 14:51:25 UTC: PARIS-6>APBL10,qAS,G6UIM-12:!5043.87N/00324.92W^232/000/A=000164-

    Hasn't moved for 20 mins, maybe it's in the queue at the check-in desk.

  7. Dale 3


    This seems as dodgy as the Moon landings. Pics, or it didn't happen.

  8. SteveD


    Well as said above the test was a success, the GPS to laptop worked as expected. so the Radio link works. Sadly the broadband let us down.

    It was after all a test, to find any possible problems.

    Lesters flying was fine, although it would have been good to land on the runway, rather than the M5.

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