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The planned launch of PARIS has been knocked back until Sunday due to less than favourable weather. While rest of the team watches the skies for approaching rain, sparks Steve Daniels (callsign G6UIM) has been busy testing the GPS/APRS location system aboard Vulture 1, which is working a treat. Ditto the main payload radio …


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  1. Code Monkey

    "donkey transport"

    As you're launching from Spain, I'm assuming that's not a joke.

    ¡Buen viaje Paris!

  2. simon 43

    so it is

    Weather here in Blighty doesn't look good tomorrow either... fingers crossed for Sunday then guys!

    Presumably your 9am on site is *local* time..? Best set the alarm then, don't want to miss this one!

    Good luck chaps!

  3. Albert Gonzalez

    Oh! the long hours of waiting for clear skies ....

    Inquiring mids want to know ....

    Will the wine / brandy / beer / pipe cleaner last untill the launch time ?

    Will the staff be still able to do the launch ?

    Is feared a shortage of spirits in Spain because of the bad weather ?

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Test flight?

    Has there been a test flight to check the balance is right?

  5. Peter Simpson 1
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    Best of luck, clear skies and fair winds

    Good luck PARIS team, here's hoping the weather clears, the mission's a success and the landing is smooth.

    And the beer afterwards is plentiful, of course.

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      I agree

      I hope they do excellent.

  6. Fluffykins Silver badge

    "total electronic systems failure,"

    Go on, admit it: You left the sodding lights on and the battery is flat!

    Reminds me of a conversation I witnessed some time back, between a potential BOFH candidate and a somwehat trendy management processes presenter (or something like that - you get the idea)

    Candidate looks out of window towards carpark

    Trendy: What's up? Is there a problem?

    Candidate: No; just checking I'd not left my lights on

    Trendy: Oh. (smugly) doesn't your car tell you when you've left your lights on?

    Candidate: Yes. It doesn't start when I get back to it.

  7. Anonymous Coward


    "We'll have details tomorrow of just how you can follow the live launch and pursuit here on El Reg"

    Will I be able to follow along on my Linux box?

  8. Elmer Phud

    Tech speak?

    "suffered a total electronic systems failure"

    Is that tech speak for 'some knob forgot to charge the battery'?

  9. Anonymous Coward
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    Good luck Guy's

    Here's hoping all your hard work and planning allow your dreams to be fulfilled with PARIS going down gently on you this weekend.

  10. BorkedAgain
    Paris Hilton

    Another day's wait!

    How frustrating for everyone. I hope PARIS shows you a good time when she's finally ready to go up... and down... :)

  11. SteveD

    Locals great

    I don't speak a word of Spanish, but the locals have made a big effort to make me feel welcome,. Love the place.

    The plane looks great, it's a master piece of paper plane construction.

    Just waiting for the weather

  12. david 12 Silver badge


    After all the discussion (doping, moisening, plastic/paper etc), and information on what failed, I never found any information on what you wound upwith for the skin of the plane.

    Was I looking in the wrong place?

  13. bugalugs
    Paris Hilton

    david 12,

    sir, you have not been paying attention at all, have you ?

    80 gsm printer paper, undoped, firmish over the wings,

    all epoxy glued and stratosphere-proofed.

    Paris, stratosphere-proofed check undoped lookup.

  14. Anonymous Coward
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    It's now neraly the end of Tuesday

    and still no news!

    I guess it isn't happening today, then....

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