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The Paper Aircraft Released Into Space (PARIS) team is delighted to announce today that the launch of our Vulture 1 aircraft will take place on Saturday, 23 October. That date, of course, depends on the weather, but if it's a no-go on the day, we'll send the balloon skywards on the first available opportunity thereafter. Now …


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  1. Slugster

    Darn it....

    ....wrong story. Googled "Paris being well and truly launched" and wasnt what I expected.

  2. Annihilator
    Paris Hilton

    We h8 paragliders..

    "The site is ideal for a number of reasons. First up, it's a major centre for paragliding,"

    Is this some cunning plan to accidentally punt some paragliders out of the sky? For shame!

  3. Z80

    Can't flippin' wait

    Will there be live streaming of the Flight Director polling for a Go / No Go like in Apollo 13 or something?

    Radio man...Go!

    Volunteer drivers...Go!

    Telescope chap...¡vamos!, er, I mean go!


  4. Neil Barnes Silver badge
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    Paragliders and model aircraft

    Not usually a good combination... the little blighters are bad enough when they're flying straight and level, but coming down on you from sixty thousand feet? It'd be straight through the canopy!

    Nonetheless - we want to see pictures!

    (My 60" paper wing is currently undergoing reconstruction... a slight design error means the ribs need rethinking!)

  5. SteveD

    The things I do

    Well we are all trying to push forward the UK's space science, Even if it means going to Spain to do it. And if the Register has sorted an event to enhance British/Spanish relations, that involves food and red wine, I shall put myself out to help.

  6. h 6
    Black Helicopters

    "So, the chances of coming down somewhere awkward are minimal."

    Well, we can't let the Spaniards get their hands on English technology, now can we?

  7. C. P. Cosgrove
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    Good luck !

    I will - unhappily - be more or less next door for the lauch, well in Northern France. The least I will be able to do is raise a sympathetic glass of some liquid with a reddish hue in support.

    It has been a fascinating and hilarious saga : with heroes, challenges, setbacks, rising to a triumphal conclusion. Well, we all hope so.

    Best of luck for the maiden flight of this possible shuttle replacement.

    Chris Cosgrove

  8. mmiied

    moment of concidratrion

    "We hope you'll spare a moment to consider those less fortunate than yourselves and the sacrifices they make in the name of science."



    lucky ba$t@rds



    ok back to work

  9. Trevor_Pott Gold badge

    Oct 23

    What a birthday present! Okay...a day late. Still, the timing is most excellent. :D

  10. Tim #3

    Best of luck

    Hope it works, this may be the backbone of the RAF in future.

    Talkinng of Paris, where's the Sky porn accounts hacking story got to? Surely you're not a Murdoch-owned enterprise that's "forgot" to cover it too?

  11. cavac

    Best wishes from Austria!

    "T minus 31 seconds and we're go for auto-sequence start"

    BTW, love the jingle in your videos...

  12. Robin Szemeti

    Do not ...

    get too frisky with the old "ooh look I've breathed a load of helium and talk in a funny voice" trick.

    Firstly, a one off is fine, but ... do it too many times in a short space of time, and you don't get any oxygen into your bloodstream .. but the weird thing about breathing helium is .. it doesn't make you feel out of breath or anything ... you just start getting light headed and then pass out and bang your head on the workshop bench on the way down.

    Not that I would know, as obviously I would not have done that ....

    also, do not have a few too many beers and use helium to fill bin-bags .. and then let them off skywards with great long length of bog-roll tied to them .. which you set alight as they are about 100 foot up ... and watch them disappear .. flaming, into the night sky ... as the police will take a dim view of that sort of thing.

    Not that I have done that either .. oh no.

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